[quote=BMartin2;54243641]BlueWizard- Thanks so much for your helpful response!
The photos that I show are the current shelves that will likely be scrapped to make room for new custom cabinetry. /[quote]
Here are a couple links. In the UK, lots of people custom build their own cabinets. One popular design is the Floating Wall. Browse through these and see if anything appeals to you or if you can simply gather some concepts that you can modify to your own personal application -
Here are some photos of systems with built-in speakers.
The ability to disguise the speakers into the cabinetry is most important.
The are specifically In-Wall speakers, not box speaker shoved into another box/shelf/cabinet.
I already touched on it, because of the vibration, the sections of the cabinets holding the speakers needs to be pretty solid. Most speaker cabinets, whether free-standing or built-in will require internal bracing to stop cabinet vibration, but the bracing can not actually block or restrict the speaker -
Can you share a bit more about what you mean here?
This is excellent advice. Do you have any suggestions on the best way to construct the cabinet doors that will enclose the speaker doors? It seems like the two options are to use metal grills or speaker fabric. And then I've seen folks that put foam on the inside of the cabinet (especially underneath the speakers) to reduce vibrations.
This takes some ingenuity and creativity. Design for your specific needs. I believe you said in other post that you consider putting all the equipment in a closet. If so, the closet would most likely have to be vented, perhaps even vented with fans to remove excess heat.
However, you have a large enough space to create shelves especially for the components - Amp, BluRay, CD, Cable, other
. If you look in the owners manual for an amp - Stereo or AVR - you will see minimum space requirements. For proper ventilation, most amps need about 4" minimum space all around them, and they need good air flow.
Also, in a custom cabinet, as has been said, you need to design in spaces for the interconnecting cables to run. And these need to be accessible in case anything ever changes or you need to replace a cable. Again, ingenuity in design.
Generally, you want to run Power Cables in a separate space than Signal Cables to prevent cross-talk or interference. This is good general design policy, but not absolutely necessary. But, if you are already routing cables in a custom cabinet, it makes sense to keep Power and Signal separated by at least a few inches.
As an general example, here is a very simply basic Floating Wall, though I'm not saying this is right for you, just illustrating the design process -
has a Design and Build section, you might gather some ideas there -
And perhaps those in the Design forums can give you some advise on specifically designing and building the custom cabinets.
If you are going to use Pre-Made Free-Standing Box Speakers on shelves, then the space enclosing them is going to have to be deep and wide, and perhaps lined with Acoustic Foam to control reflections. As shown in your original photo, those spaces seem far too small. And others are right, you need to keep the speakers as far forward as possible, and ideally raise them up off the shelf with small stands.
Rather than using Doors on the cabinets in front of the speakers, consider a frame with grill cloth over it. The simplest grill cloth is somewhat shear double-knit stretch fabric from the Fabric Store. You can tell whether cloth is good for grill cloth by simply holding it up to the light, the better you can see through it, the more acoustically transparent it will be.
Just a few thoughts.