Big fan of the "Show me your RACK" thread and thought I would share my rack pictures from my recent basement remodel.
Basically, I converted a storage closet underneath the stairwell into a media closet. From the pictures you'll notice that my tv (and maybe a future projector) hangs on the wall in front of the new media closet. On the same wall that my tv is mounted, I built an in-wall 15u rack using raxess rack rails and rackmount shelves. The back of the rack is completely accessible from the new media closet. In order for the media closet to service the whole house, I also ran new low-voltage wiring (cat6, RG6, indoor/outdoor speaker, and whole-house HDMI runs) throughout the entire house and terminated these bundles in the media closet using a 24-port gigabit switch and patch panel rack-mounted to the wall. Both of the cable boxes in my house are also stored in the media closet which I can access anywhere by using the NextGen RF remote control extender (amazing device!), a 4k HDMI splitter, and lengthy HDMI cables (some powered). I even ran an HDMI cord to my back patio! I saved a lot of money by completing all of the av-related design, wiring, and construction myself. I must admit that prior to this remodel, I had never seen or heard of an AV rackmount and also had no prior experience with terminating low-voltage wiring. I'm a big fan of simple design and realized that this closet would be the perfect central location to hide my wiring. Lucky for me, during my initial planning I stumbled upon this thread where I learned more about rackmount solution options/ideas. Reading these threads built up my confidence to create something custom, clean, functional, and unique. Overall, I tried to be as budget minded as possible, but wanted something that would be useful for the foreseeable future.
Now that my rack build is finished, I'm anxious to start upgrading my other av components (tv, 4k receiver, speakers, projector, etc.). I'm also excited to hear feedback since no one other than my cable guy has any clue what any of this stuff is! If the reviews are positive, I might even show my wife to prove this was all worth it
BTW... This is my first post on AVS Forums so hopefully the pictures have loaded correctly. Thanks again for the inspiration!!!