As you can see from the attached picture, I use Inter Metro wire shelving for my closed component cabinet. I have a fan on the back of the cabinet with a hole drilled into the wall studs to pull heat out of the cabinet itself.
Recently, I relegated my B&K 125 watt amp to the rears and Atmos channels, and I bought an Anthem MCA525 for my LCR and sides. Both of these sit below my AVM 60 preamp.
Although there's plenty of space to the sides and rears of each amp, and there's 3-inches clearance between the three components, the open shelving doesn't prevent the heat from both rising into the bottom of the preamp. The Anthem has holes all around it, including the bottom. That's two fairly powerful amps sitting below my preamp with nothing preventing the heat from rising up into it.
So, easy fix for the preamp. I bought a T8 to set on top of the higher amp to pull the heat to the back of the cabinet, which should work great.
Here's my question: Because of the front ledge of the wired shelving, I don't think I can fit another T8 on top of the bottom without a lot of complication, and again, the heat from the B&K heat just goes directly into the holes on the bottom of the Anthem amp.
However, it seems to me that the T8 on top of the Anthem "should" manage the heat for both to a degree. The B&K doesn't really get that all that hot, so my thinking goes, the T8 can alleviate the heat from the Anthem and the heat it's absorbing from the B&K below. The T8 will just have to work a little harder and longer to do so.
Am I right?
Thanks in advance.
Video: JVC RS620/X9500 projector, Stewart ST130 screen, Panasonic ub820 UHD player
Audio: Anthem AVM60 preamp, Anthem MCA525 amp, B&K Reference 125.7 amp
Subs: dual SVS PC-12 cylinders
Speakers: Jamo 626k4 in-wall mains, Jamo 631k4 bi/dipole surrounds, DefTech DI6.5R heights