Some pretty sick looking gear in this thread, trying to get my own system online and I'm looking for some opinions and advice.
I plan on going for one of the intermediate height freestanding racks (35-37U), my idea is to clamp-mount all my gear, force-cooled, all connections terminated in patch panels on rear rails. I'm looking to be able to transport my entire rack as one piece during my rather frequent moves.
It seems near impossible to find a B&M dealer anymore, does anyone have any observations on the new BGR line (BGR-38SA-27) or the older ERK-3525 model with the fixed sides? I'd love to just go look at them, but just can't find any place with models on display. Still trolling Craigslist, but in my area (DC/MD) it's hard to find anything MA, mostly old Dell and APC.
I've got the following components to mount:
OPPO BDP-93/95 (haven't decided yet, 95 is more expensive, but accomodates a rackmount kit, and I may like to have the 2-channel upgrade)
Working on rackmount HTPC
Trolling for used APC UPS
I should still have a little room left over for future components, and the size shouldn't dominate my room.
I'm getting custom rackshelves for the Onkyo, does anyone use just the rack ears for the Emotivas? I see that MA offers a custom shelf and plate for them both, is it even worth it or would it make more sense to just mount them? They're pretty heavy too, approx 75 lbs I think, and I only see front ears in the kit. Is this asking for trouble, or would an additional shelf support be and option?
Do the RSH custom shelves come in a front/rear mount configuration? It seems kind of risky to offer custom shelves for some pretty heavy items with no rear rail support.