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How do you vent the equipment cabinet?

post #1 of 14
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My equipment is in custom cabinets with cloth doors and vents in the back, but it's still getting toasty in there. Are there inexpensive and quiet small fans available to vent the hot air? I know Mid Atlantic makes them, but they're $$$. Thanks.
post #2 of 14
Try some computer case fans such as those designed by SilenX - they work well and are quiet.
post #3 of 14
A guy on eBay is doing the computer fan setup with a thermostat and fan speed control. I ordered the 2 fan setup and it got here quick and worked out well. His name is drmckenzie and he has different configurations available.
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Originally Posted by dnddwilson View Post

A guy on eBay is doing the computer fan setup with a thermostat and fan speed control. I ordered the 2 fan setup and it got here quick and worked out well. His name is drmckenzie and he has different configurations available.

ebay does not allow search by user name anymore?
post #5 of 14
Alrighty then... let's try this:
go to eBay and search this
"AV/Receiver Cabinet Cooling System: dual-fan/thermostat".
Take you right to them.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Found it. Thanks for the heads up. It's MUCH cheaper than a Mid Atlantic fan set.

e*bay number: 300047257180
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A guy on eBay is doing the computer fan setup with a thermostat and fan speed control. I ordered the 2 fan setup and it got here quick and worked out well. His name is drmckenzie and he has different configurations available.

how loud are these fans? It seems like a great idea.
post #8 of 14
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how loud are these fans? It seems like a great idea.

They're not too bad. I hear them when they kick on for the computer desk I have, but have no problems with the AV cabinet when the music/TV's on.
Something to keep in mind is make sure you tell him how you want to vent the air. I had to flip the fans once I got them since he had the grill end on the inside of the cabinet and I wanted them the other way.
The thing that is a little loud is the thermostat he uses. It's a cheap home thermostat that makes a metalic twang when it kicks on or off. Not a big deal, but I'd be willing to pay extra for something that quite, but that would then also require power too.
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They're not too bad. I hear them when they kick on for the computer desk I have, but have no problems with the AV cabinet when the music/TV's on.
Something to keep in mind is make sure you tell him how you want to vent the air. I had to flip the fans once I got them since he had the grill end on the inside of the cabinet and I wanted them the other way.
The thing that is a little loud is the thermostat he uses. It's a cheap home thermostat that makes a metalic twang when it kicks on or off. Not a big deal, but I'd be willing to pay extra for something that quite, but that would then also require power too.

How is it powered?
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
It's a simple low voltage plug that allows you to adjust the voltage, which then controls how fast the fans turn. It's nothing like a Mid Atlantic fan, but it's cheap and works well. I just hope it lasts a few years. The thermostat is just a simple spring type thermostat that basically pops on/off when the set temp is reached.
post #11 of 14
Active Thermal Management makes a wide variety of cabinet cooling products (they are one of the originators for consumer use). Their products aren't as cheap, but they are ultra quiet, ultra reliable and they have several units that allow for remote mounting of the fan unit if noise is a real issue. They also use variable speed thermostats. I've sold/installed a lot of them and never had a single issue in the field.
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Active Thermal Management makes a wide variety of cabinet cooling products (they are one of the originators for consumer use). Their products aren't as cheap, but they are ultra quiet, ultra reliable and they have several units that allow for remote mounting of the fan unit if noise is a real issue. They also use variable speed thermostats. I've sold/installed a lot of them and never had a single issue in the field.

I checked them out. I think their S-2Kit and S-3 would work for me. I sent them an email about pricing...
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I checked them out. I think their S-2Kit and S-3 would work for me. I sent them an email about pricing...

System 2 runs anywhere from $279 to $349 depending on how many fans you need and whether you want the fans free or mounted on a plate. It is my best seller. The system 2+2 kit moves the most air...allows you to mount two fans as intake and two as exhaust for boatloads of airflow with all being controlled off the same brain.

System 3 runs $139. Good for venting a smaller cabinet or a single bay with a heat intensive unit. Not enough to do an entire closet or big rack full of gear. ATM keeps the fan speeds low to keep the noise low...so if you need more CFM, you want the kits with the bigger fans (System 2 or System 1).
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System 2 runs anywhere from $279 to $349 depending on how many fans you need and whether you want the fans free or mounted on a plate. It is my best seller. The system 2+2 kit moves the most air...allows you to mount two fans as intake and two as exhaust for boatloads of airflow with all being controlled off the same brain.

System 3 runs $139. Good for venting a smaller cabinet or a single bay with a heat intensive unit. Not enough to do an entire closet or big rack full of gear. ATM keeps the fan speeds low to keep the noise low...so if you need more CFM, you want the kits with the bigger fans (System 2 or System 1).

thanks for the info!
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