Originally Posted by TazExprez
pukemon and fuzz092888 those are great cooling ideas. I was thinking of getting the Antec AV Cooler
, but the CFM is ridiculously low compared to the solutions that you have presented. This cooler does 5.5 to 8.0 CFM, depending on the speed setting. The thing I like about this one is that it sucks the air up and then pushes it toward the back. I am planing on putting my receiver underneath a TV stand with the back of the stand open. It would have been great to have a cooler that sucked the air out of the cabinet.
fuzz092888 I like you lower priced solution and wonder how you keep the fan stuck on the receiver? Is the weight of the fan enough to keep it down? Should I use two fans, or more? Should I get an extra fan to take the air out of the TV stand through the back?
I have this fan and another fan, the air moved isn't nearly enough to gain any sort of lift if that's what you're asking. I actually bought a fan controller as well, but I plan to use the fan controller for fans I'm installing on my entertainment center as well. The big boy fan is more than enough to keep the unit cool.
Originally Posted by pukemon
I chose aesthetics over cfm. My solution provides enough, as I am using an old trusty solution that costs $8, has aesthetics, actually stealth and has provided reliable service for 5 years. Original purchase. The problem with Fuzz's solution might be extraneous noise at medium and fast levels. But if you intend to play with enough volume that won't matter. Also keeping his anchored could be a slight problem. I highly recommend not going with the antec av cooler. Waste of money. If I had to choose again, Fuzz's was a consideration, but my option would been $4 cheaper. I chose mine because I know it is enough and will fit a future solution very nicely very soon. You could always do mine as a diy for about $30 cheaper also.
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The fan noise isn't a problem at low at all. At medium it is barely audible with light ambient noise and loud is no issue at movie watching levels (at least for me since I'm usually at -15 to -5). I don't know why there would be an issue keeping it "anchored". The fan sits on top and sucks air out, this thing isn't meant to get lift
Smaller fans move less air, so to move more air they need to spin faster, which means louder. The big boy fan doesn't need to spin fast to get more CFM so it'll be quieter while moving more air. The small fans will work, but my goal that I set for myself (whether actually needed or not) was to keep the temp of the receiver as close to room temp as possible. Currently I have two 200mm fans sitting on top and it stays near room no matter what kind of listening I'm doing or what levels I'm listening at. Fan controller, both fans, and AC adapter was still less than $70 and I could put together something close to what I have for even less, but I wanted blue neon lights so I spent a bit more.
Anyways, some sort of fan, no matter what will help and keep the receiver running for a long time. It really just depends on how much you want to spend, what you want it to look like, and how much flexibility you want to have for the future. I wanted to maximize cooling and future upgradability, so I went with something that I put together myself instead of buying a component cooler or any prepackaged system.