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Strong racks by Snap AV

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
Like most things in Home theaters there are a lot of choices in equipment racks & a wide range of prices & quality.

After looking at several different brands that were going to be quite expensive I came across this rack kit.

It looks like a nice quality setup & comes highly recommended by a couple of custom install places that sell Snap AV & Middle Atlantic racks & it costs just over 1/2 the price of the Middle Atlantic rack.
Anyone have this rack & could tell us how it rates?

Strong™ 42U Skeleton Rack Package










Introducing the SM-RACK-42U-PKG as your starting point for your larger installation needs. Why a package? Well, why not? Simply put, if you buy a rack, you are going to buy shelves. And blanks. And vents. And power. And, well, you get the idea. At SnapAV, we like to make things easy. Easy for you, that is. And because we know your installations will vary we only include 33 rack units worth of accessories - you may need more, you may not. However, with the inevitable race that is home audio/video installation it's nice to have a good head start.


Excellent Deal
We are so Strong behind the theory of using racks for every job, we decided to grease the skids a bit to help you slide one in for every installation. In buying the 42U Rack Package you'll save another 15% versus purchasing the parts individually.

Convenience
We like to make things convenient in anyway possible. What's more convenient than simply combining the accessories together you will most likely buy anyway separately?

Great Start
So, you might be thinking your installations vary job to job. That a complete package with all the fixin's might work for some, but definitely not for all. We get it. Look closely and you'll see we only included JUST enough accessories that you will definitely use, leaving 9 rack units available. Go for an extra shelf or a blank. Or, perhaps your amps come with rack ears...

Loading It Up…
These Strong racks were tested up to 1000 lbs with the casters attached. This is HEAVY, so we asked our dealers what they felt was a reasonable weight for easy mobility. Their feedback suggested keeping the maximum load at 400 lbs. This is EXCELLENT feedback and therefore we recommend limiting the rack weight to 400 lbs if planning to use them with the casters.

Dimensions
22.25"D x 20.5"W x 78.375"H with Casters (76-3/16 without Casters)




Kit Includes:
(1) SM-SK-RACK-42U
(4) SM-SHELF-2U
(2) SM-SHELF-3U
(1) SM-SHELF-4U
(3) SM-BLNK-1U
(4) SM-VENT-1U
(2) SM-VENT-2U
(2) SM-WIREMGT-1U
(1) HTR-300-9
(1) PR-11-LIGHT
(1) SM-DRAWER-2U
post #2 of 33
I am a snapav dealer and can tell you these racks are awesome. They are built, just like everything at snap, especially just for them. You'll be happy with it.
post #3 of 33
Too bad the distribution channel is through custom installers who need to add something for their effort. An on-line discount retailer would put it in the hands of more DIYers. More like the MA distribution model.
post #4 of 33
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Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC View Post

Too bad the distribution channel is through custom installers who need to add something for their effort. An on-line discount retailer would put it in the hands of more DIYers. More like the MA distribution model.

That's just the way it is in Custom install electronics, just like my Paradigm speakers & JL sub they are only available at authorized dealers & the number of dealers in a geographic area is restricted.

My Bad Boy mower was the same way, very few dealers & they really crack down on any dealer under cutting prices.

Any way the SnapAV racks are still a lot cheaper than Middle Atlantic racks.
post #5 of 33
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Originally Posted by TheMoose View Post

That's just the way it is in Custom install electronics, just like my Paradigm speakers & JL sub they are only available at authorized dealers & the number of dealers in a geographic area is restricted.

My Bad Boy mower was the same way, very few dealers & they really crack down on any dealer under cutting prices.

Any way the SnapAV racks are still a lot cheaper than Middle Atlantic racks.


That is true. I had to jump through a few hoops to be a Paradigm and Anthem reseller. They only allow so many for a certain area. I was just lucky it was me!!
post #6 of 33
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I just ordered the kit from a local dealer $850+tax, an equivalent Middle Atlantic rack would have been $1500 without the power management.
Should be here next week, I'll post pics & let you know how assembly went.
post #7 of 33
Thread Starter 
Just got my rack, this thing is built like a tank!
Middle Atlantic should be ashamed for charging almost 2 times as much for a rack not as well built (at least not as well built as the display model my dealer had), I'll get it built in the next day or 2 & put up some picks.
post #8 of 33
Thread Starter 
Got the rack built, took about 45 min.


It has much stronger bracing than the Middle Atlantic rack did.


It also used much stronger U beams instead of the thinner V angle that the Middle Atlantic had.


It's still way over priced for what it is but a much better value than the Middle Atlantic racks IMO.
post #9 of 33
nice rack.... nice garage toys too!
post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by ckellyusa View Post

nice rack.... nice garage toys too!

You know what they say, the only difference between men & boys is the price of their toys!

I'll put up more pics what I start installing equipment but as you can see it might be a while since my Home Theater isn't quite done yet!

post #11 of 33
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The theater is almost complete & the rack has been filled with gear.
there is some tweaking to do yet & I will probably move some stuff around but it came out looking quite good!
I have some trim strips ordered & it looks like I need to find a something to seal the bottom & hide the wheels when everything is in it's final position.
post #12 of 33
that is freakin sweet.
post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by TheMoose View Post

looks like I need to find a something to seal the bottom & hide the wheels when everything is in it's final position.

I would use a piece of your baseboard molding with magnets recessed and glued into the backside for a seamless look. Magnets would hold tight against the rack and be removable when you need to move it. Probably a dozen ways to do it.. Looks great even with exposed wheels!
post #14 of 33
get the coax out of sight!!!
post #15 of 33
They really are good racks like I said. I just installed one in a clients home and they loved it.
BTW, you don't have to out the wheels on, if you don't want too.
post #16 of 33
Love the thread and, most definitely, the pictures. I'm very happy you like the rack and we are grateful for your feedback!

Nick Lievano
Product Manager
Snap AV
post #17 of 33
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Originally Posted by caper_1 View Post

that is freakin sweet.

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by airscapes View Post

I would use a piece of your baseboard molding with magnets recessed and glued into the backside for a seamless look. Magnets would hold tight against the rack and be removable when you need to move it. Probably a dozen ways to do it.. Looks great even with exposed wheels!

I like the magnets on the baseboard idea, I'm sure I can find a scrap piece around here somewhere!

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Originally Posted by caper_1 View Post

get the coax out of sight!!!

I know, I know!!
Actually that is a temporary Ethernet cable, my electrician did not terminate the correct Ethernet cable that was run in the wall, he will be here today to resolve that problem & the exposed cable will go back into a box!

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Originally Posted by Mr. Goodcat View Post

They really are good racks like I said. I just installed one in a clients home and they loved it.
BTW, you don't have to out the wheels on, if you don't want too.

Yea I gotta have the wheels, there is not enough room behind it to access the gear so every now & then it'll need to be pulled out to add new gear or what ever.

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Originally Posted by nlievano View Post

Love the thread and, most definitely, the pictures. I'm very happy you like the rack and we are grateful for your feedback!

Nick Lievano
Product Manager
Snap AV

I really like the rack, it's a clean & efficient use of space to put all my gear.
I still think all these racks are over priced for what they are but getting the rack package did save me some money & my dealer & I did some swapping to get me the shelves I needed so it worked out well.
post #18 of 33
They have a slider base for it.
post #19 of 33
Those look like computer racks. If I have a bunch of silver-face vintage gear I'd mount all of it in a rack like that, it would look cool. I've actually seen a picture of one with that stuff in it.
post #20 of 33
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Originally Posted by Mr. Goodcat View Post

They have a slider base for it.

I'll have to check on that, but only if it is no taller than it is with the wheels on it.
As you can see I don't have much room to spare!

post #21 of 33
Thread Starter 
In my equipment closet I have an AC vent & an exhaust fan.

The AC vent will keep it cool in the warmer months but once the cold weather hits I'll close it off to keep the warm air from the heater out of the closet.

That's where the exhaust fan comes in.
Right now all I have is an off/on light switch controlling the fan, what I'd like is a thermostat I could put in as a replacement to the light switch.
is there such a thing as a 120v thermostat & where can I find one?
post #22 of 33
post #23 of 33
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Originally Posted by caper_1 View Post

like this?

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en

That looks like it should work!
I'll check at Lowes to see if they have something similar.
thanks.
post #24 of 33
yw
post #25 of 33
Thread Starter 
The back ordered trim strips arrived & add a nice finishing touch to the rack.


post #26 of 33
Hey Moose,

Thanks for sharing your opinions and posting the pics of the Snap AV rack, I am talking to a local dealer now about ordering one based on your recommendation. It is hard to tell from the pics, but it looks like the vent plates mount on the outside, while the shelves are on the inside creating an uneven surface. It looks alot cleaner with the trim pieces on though.

My second question is, does the SnapAV rack look like it could use the MA custom rack shelves/faceplates that are available most places? I really want a clean look for my rack without alot of the gaps caused by XBOX, PS3 etc.

Thanks,

Jason.
post #27 of 33
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Originally Posted by SJGiant View Post

Hey Moose,

Thanks for sharing your opinions and posting the pics of the Snap AV rack, I am talking to a local dealer now about ordering one based on your recommendation. It is hard to tell from the pics, but it looks like the vent plates mount on the outside, while the shelves are on the inside creating an uneven surface. It looks alot cleaner with the trim pieces on though.

My second question is, does the SnapAV rack look like it could use the MA custom rack shelves/faceplates that are available most places? I really want a clean look for my rack without alot of the gaps caused by XBOX, PS3 etc.

Thanks,

Jason.

Actually everything does mount on the outside, the vents however are not snapAV, they were from Odyssey, I preferred the pin hole style to the standard slots Snap uses.

There should be no problem using the MA faceplate, it's a standard size rack.
post #28 of 33
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SJGiant View Post

Hey Moose,

Thanks for sharing your opinions and posting the pics of the Snap AV rack, I am talking to a local dealer now about ordering one based on your recommendation. It is hard to tell from the pics, but it looks like the vent plates mount on the outside, while the shelves are on the inside creating an uneven surface. It looks alot cleaner with the trim pieces on though.

My second question is, does the SnapAV rack look like it could use the MA custom rack shelves/faceplates that are available most places? I really want a clean look for my rack without alot of the gaps caused by XBOX, PS3 etc.

Thanks,

Jason.

Just wondering if you ever got the snap rack?
post #29 of 33
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Originally Posted by TheMoose View Post

I just ordered the kit from a local dealer $850+tax, an equivalent Middle Atlantic rack would have been $1500 without the power management.
Should be here next week, I'll post pics & let you know how assembly went.

I appreciate the information. I've been looking at this kit for a couple of months and comparing the prices with MA. My local dealer recommended the Snap AV over the MA.

I was quoted $1600 for that Snap AV kit. Over the years, I've purchased a lot of equipment from this dealer, so I assumed I was getting their best price.

Is this the same kit you have?

Thanks.

Jerry
post #30 of 33
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jerry_rotel_fan View Post

I appreciate the information. I've been looking at this kit for a couple of months and comparing the prices with MA. My local dealer recommended the Snap AV over the MA.

I was quoted $1600 for that Snap AV kit. Over the years, I've purchased a lot of equipment from this dealer, so I assumed I was getting their best price.

Is this the same kit you have?

Thanks.

Jerry

My rack is the Strong 42U Skeleton Rack Package it was $920 including tax for the package.
If you are paying more I'd suggest shopping around.
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