Originally Posted by jimim
1. I assume a 19" usable space is fine. Don't go wider than that cause then I can't use ears for the equipment that has them? I would have to use all shelves then?
A 19" rack is roughly 19" wide on the outside of the rail. The "usable" standard space is 17.5" (or 10U). But yes, you want to use a standard rack, as no, other than a shelf or rack ears, no other way to mount stuff...
2. Some of the MA racks are wider meaning the slim is is not as wide as the mrk or the new beg series. is being wider better or are they wider cause they need to accept greater weights.
Wider in the sense that the "zero U" space (between the components/shelves and the outside edge) is larger. For some applications (mostly talking commerical or IT usage), that space is useful. For our residential A/V stuff, probably not needed. Some folks will loop excess cables into the side spaces to dress the back up nicely.
3. my RO should prop be big enough so that when i finally install the rack i can frame the RO inside, not face with wood so i can have a reveal for the trim and be able to pretty much remove the rack if need be one day? it wouldn't be "trimmed" in. so pretty much make jams for the RO and add trim.
Take a close look at the A&E spec sheets on MA's website for the rack you choose. They'll have *exact* measurements for the opening(s) and so forth. Read them and understand them before building...
4. So now the big question is slim vs mrk vs brg? am i only talking the amount of weight they can handle or is it also in what is available for cable management and flexibility?
Yeah, you'll never hit the weight issues. The Slim is probably the one to go with - the others have the extra space and features for commercial / IT uses...
6. At that point is it just picking cable management pieces along with power management pieces also.
Yep - I really like the MA light bar / power strip combo. Makes for a really cool top-of-rack light.
7. I know if I don't use a door I might want to look into custom faces.
Before I started my build I thought the custom faceplates were crazy. Now I love them. Note that when the day comes that you "upgrade" a piece of equipment, you can order replacement faceplates instead of buying a whole new shelf. But yeah, they aren't cheap. It does feel a bit odd that the rack and the accessories cost more than many people's whole A/V system
I limited the amount of stuff I exposed (which meant they needed faceplates) to the stuff you actually need to touch. Other things, like the Global Cache stuff, Ethernet switch, etc. are just hidden behind blank panels. I started putting them on half-shelves mounted on the rear rail, but then found that just laying them on top of another component (something without a lot of heat or top vents), or using Velcro pads to stick them under a shelf, was just as good.
8. The rack is open in the rear on three sides so cooling isn't an issue. It's in my storage area.
Yep, you're probably good. I didn't read back in the thread - is the rack going to face into the theater or elsewhere? Just make sure it's not going to put a big hole in your soundproofing efforts...
Am i totally over thinking this? Sorry if I am. There is a lot, i mean a lot on MA website. Oh and I can't use the creator cause I only own macs.
Nope - it's not simple the first time. And yeah, they give you a lot of data. But you do want to understand the A&E stuff for whatever rack you pick out. The creator is probably unnecessary for our simple racks. Just add up the "U" heights of your components to plan it out, get blanks, vent panels, etc.