Originally Posted by Ph0n33z
I was thinking of placing the equipment in that wall on the far right(as if u had just walked into the theater from the hallway). However, I do not think there is 24" inches there. I think it is just under 2 feet. Would a smaller built-in rack work? Like the 19"? Also, would I not have to get the kind that slide out in order to service them?
22" might be alright, check depth of a Middle Atlantic BRK series rack. Add a little room for wire management and air circulation, as well as room out the front for knobs, should you have a door. I did notice that there was a deeper area in the space in question, out towards the middle. Not only do you have more depth there, there's more room for running conduit, if that's still a consideration.
As for slide out racks, there are many styles and apps available, buy you're being budget concious. I've used BRK racks many times in closets, and just went to Home Depot and bought casters for the bottom. Middle Atlantic has them, but they mark em up more. If you want to go with a nicer or more heavier duty solution, I have extensive experience with Middle Atlantic Products. There are many other rack manufacturers though, might be a good thread to start.
If you're on carpet, get larger casters (for a BRK rack), or have a piece of thin HDF to roll the rack out on. There's your access, not too much $$. I just saved you some for speakers! :D
There are many tricks to manage the cables and keep it clean, I'll go into detail a little later. There are a coupla caveats you need to know for pre-wire, then we'll get into more detail later.
Also, we need to talk cooling! Where are your amps going? Also, satellite recievers and cable boxes generate as much if not more heat than many amplifiers. When they get hot, they seize up a lot and need to be reset. :mad:
I've got cool solutions for cooling brah :cool: