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Here is mine. Still in construction so I need to dress the back at completion. Because it is an AXS rotating rack, I tried to keep a lot of stuff on the back of the rack which has made cabeling a bit harder. Plus I can't use those nifty rail mount power strips and power supplies.


I'm 6'2" and 300lbs and I can climb in to the closet space back there to tinker with some of the network equipment and my raid box back there on a shelf.









And here is all teh equipment in and attached to the rack (I'm using the front and the back rails)


Equipment list for this room:


-Middle Atlantic Rotating Rack System with 2 high speed fans

-Custom Rack shelves for each component

-Onkyo TX-NR1000 receiver

-PureAV 1500VA UPS

-Global Cache gc-100-18

-Modded XBOX used as XBMC media server

-XBOX 360 and HDDVD for 360

-Oppo 970H Upscaling DVD

-Custom Built HTPC using SilverTek LCM18 enclosure with 7" LCD

-2 - Series 3 Tivos with Dual Cablecards

-VideoStorm 8x4 HDTV Switch with Digital HDMI board

-Middle Atlantic Surge Suppressor with Light

-TV One HDTV to SD scaler for one output to go to analog TVs

-2 stereo Modulators from CElabs

-Linksys 16port Gigabit Switch (drives XBOX, 360, Tivos, HTPC, NetTune on receiver, Global Cache ...)

-2 - External SATA drives with 750gb storage attached to the 2 Tivos

-HD Signal Scaler to send video to 7" LCD on HTPC (all video sources can be displayed on the screen)

-Xantech IR Router

-Audio Authority HDTV over CAT5 system

-DVI Gear - DVI 1x4 splitter to push the HDCP compliant HDMI output to 2 other HDTVs besides the projector.
 

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Bill:


I can see your point with the PS3. It doesn't lend itself well to a plate.


Overall I couldn't be happier with the MA rack.


Splotto

Another user got the custom plate for the PS3. It protrudes 1.75" (I asked via PM). Nice guy, nice rack:

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Here's mine in my rack




As far as the whole rack, here's the image:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...07#post9587207
 

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Max,


Is your rack made up of a full Middle Atlantic rack, or, is it just the rack rails? I want to create my own rack using their rails (can't afford the metal ones).


More detailed pics?


Thanks

Mine is rails (in progress). Can require creative thinking if you want to add a mid-atlantic door to it, and your rack is more than 20 spaces (see my build thread starting around post #230 ).


It is pretty straight-forward, just space your opening and screw the rails in securely.






EDIT - Finished pics:



 

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Very nice. Thanks for the pics.


I'm setting up my theater with no equipment in the room it self. It is placed in a closet outside the room (back theater wall). I constructed a standard closet with two sets of bi-fold doors. My inital plan was to construct either a single or a dual rack. This rack would be free standing (maybe on casters for better rear access).


Thoughts on stability worry me a bit. I have not yet worked with any racks, and most of you all have. I'll have 4-5 amps, plus another 5-6 components.


I planned on using simple 2x4 construction. Vertical board, support leg on the ground bolted to the vertical board, and a 60 degree 2x4 from the base of the bottom board up to the back side if the vertical board. I'd have 2 or 3 of these (making a single or a dual) tied together with horizontal bracing between them.


Any thoughts on this? $600 plus shipping is a lot of cash for me atm. I saw some cheaper racks by Middle Atlantic, but they only have a load capacity of 400 lbs. --- Should I build or buy?
 

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Here is mine. Still in construction so I need to dress the back at completion. Because it is an AXS rotating rack, I tried to keep a lot of stuff on the back of the rack which has made cabeling a bit harder. Plus I can't use those nifty rail mount power strips and power supplies.


I'm 6'2" and 300lbs and I can climb in to the closet space back there to tinker with some of the network equipment and my raid box back there on a shelf.





Man that rack is killer!!! I like the paint job too as it looks very similar to mine. I went with a more conservative built in rack that looks fairly clean.

 

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Here are a couple:





I love this rack the best! SPECIALLY THE BLONDE ONE SHE'S ANGELIC




 
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Not mine personally, but a customers... Recessed at the back of the living room, near the entrance to the master B/R - houses cable box, monster power, Onkyo A/V receiver for the living room and zone2 office, CELabs HD distributor, RTI remote control processor and RF, DVD holder (cheesy?) and an Onkyo amp for the whole-house audio and backyard audio.

 

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Nice racks, But I think I am missing something. I am not seeing the backs closed off on many. And I am not seeing any fans for cooling. I know my rack is really hot and Had problems with my computer shutting off so I had to remove the back for now untill I can install some type of cooling solution.
 

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Nice racks, But I think I am missing something. I am not seeing the backs closed off on many. And I am not seeing any fans for cooling. I know my rack is really hot and Had problems with my computer shutting off so I had to remove the back for now untill I can install some type of cooling solution.

I have the top plate on my MA rack with 3 fans mounted in it. It has a thermostat controller so they come on whenever the temp gets to a certain level.


Splotto
 

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Here are some pics on my DIY pull out (soon to be rotating) SLIM5 rack.


Still work in progress, but works great!


 

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I have a thermostatically controlled exhaust fan in the ceiling of the cabinet that holds my rack - the air dumps into the attic.
 

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Here are some pics on my DIY pull out (soon to be rotating) SLIM5 rack.


Still work in progress, but works great!

Wow, that's pretty dang cool! How much are those sliders rated for? I'm thinking about building a rolling rack with casters and a face plate on the edges of the rack so it looks built in until you pull it out. Hadn't figured that I could DIY the sliders.


Mike
 

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Wow, that's pretty dang cool! How much are those sliders rated for? I'm thinking about building a rolling rack with casters and a face plate on the edges of the rack so it looks built in until you pull it out. Hadn't figured that I could DIY the sliders.


Mike

They are rated for 500lbs. They are about 3" in height and really heavy. The 12" lazy susan bracket that I got to go with it is rated for 1000lbs. The rack itself is only rated for 400lbs. I figure even if the setup is good for half the rating thats more than I will need anyway. I put a bunch of details on the parts in my construction thread if you want more detail. The best part is that you dont have to hassle with any service tracks or stands when you want to pull it out. I tested in with my approx 200lbs arrrss standing on it at full extention and it held fine.
 

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Hey All,


I don't know where to post these pics. but it's a good idea on how to not do a Rack. Mods move them if you need to. I got these from a Training I attended. He didn't want to reveal the customers to us.


peace

 

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Wow, that's pretty dang cool! How much are those sliders rated for? I'm thinking about building a rolling rack with casters and a face plate on the edges of the rack so it looks built in until you pull it out. Hadn't figured that I could DIY the sliders.


Mike

Please do not emulate this shade tree mechanic or his accident waiting to happen.


Middle Atlantic makes their own sliding rack systems, including racks which slide out and swivel.


MAPs offerings go up to 30 spaces, and beyond that they recommend the AXS product family with the service track and track stand.


There is a great reason for that, and that reason is SAFETY.

They also include a safety strap for all large sliding racks to enhance safety.


Grab the photos of that rack, and you will see that it is already leaning forward with virtually no equipment in the rack...


Regardless of the rating of the drawer slides used, or whether or not it held the builder, this is not advisable method in any way, shape, or form.


Besides, you mentioned a clean look, the use of these drawer slides on a homemade base with galvanized angle brackets is far from clean open or closed.


I know that MAP racks are expensive, this is because they are well-engineered and they stand behind them.

If you want to skimp and save money, there are thousands of great ideas here on the AVS forum for ways to do a lot of your room yourself with common materials.


But don't skimp on safety.
 

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Anyone know if Middle Atlantic has any plans on selling an RSH faceplate/shelf for an Xbox360 with the HD DVD drive above it? I dont want to use 3U for the Xbox and another 2U for the HD DVD drive. I would like to stack them on one shelf.
 
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