Originally Posted by pwygant
How do you like the Antec Cooler? I bought mine about a week ago and honestly I don't think it does anything to my components? My setup is currently as follows:http://www.jsp-industries.com/Pages/Bolero.html
(High end piece of furniture from Canada. I needed a large opening for my Center. It has front glass doors and Chimney style ventilation for air.
On the left I have my Amp on the bottom with about 5 inches of clearance and top shelf houses my HD DVR.
On the right I have my DVD player on the top (Doesn't ever get even warm) and my PS3on the bottom shelf.
The AMP and DVR compartment gets hot as heck and I initially bought the Antec unit to keep the DVR cooler, but after much testing I found that the AMP is what is sending the heat up so I placed it on top of the amp. All in all, that area still gets extremely hot and I think I'm just going to send back the Antec unit as it is too loud on the high setting.
Does jigsawing bigger holes in the back help out at all you think? The back ventilation openings are fairly small and I might even drill large 1 inchholes everywhere.
I dont have much experience with the Antec A/V cooler unit yet as we just installed it this past weekend into our living room wall unit
. I did read some good reviews about it on newegg, amazon as well as independant reviewers before purchasing (even though Antec's own literature says it only moves between 5.5CFM to 8 CFM of air - go figure
Anyhow, we have the A/V cooler with the other components in left lower cabinet (the one with glass doors and three shelves). This cabinet only has one 2" hole in the back (verified with my 2" hole saw), and about 1/3 to 1/2 of the hole is used to route the different wires in/out of the unit. The components are stacked as follows: The power conditioner/surge protector (PF30L) on the bottom shelf, Wii + Popcorn hour + network switch (SMC7004BR) in the middle shelf, the receiver (RX-V1200) on the topmost shelf, the A/V cooler on top of the receiver such that the top of the receiver + bottom of cooler is roughly aligned with the hole in the back and finally, an original Xbox with XBMC on top of the Antec cooler. Not sure if this will provide enough air flow but keeping our fingers crossed.
In case we need additional cooling, I wonder if a product such as the Antec Spotcool fan
, placed near the rear 2" hole might help push warm air out of the cabinet? We hope to avoid drilling additional holes in the cabinet, so would appreciate any input from forum members.
Would also appreciate input regarding my original query regarding a power plug with temperature sensor that turns on power (to A/V cooler) when temperature reaches a certain level and turns off when it is cool enough - does such a product exist and if so any pointers to a good place where I can purchase this?