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I'll be framing my dedicated room shortly and I'm gathering as much advice as I can. Just wondering where most of you have your equipment and reasons for that location. I have plenty of space and options but the one thing I know is I want a clean front wall with nothing visible but the screen.


Plans are to build a false wall/AT screen so I'm not worried about speaker placement but not sure if I want the equipment inside or outside the room. It'll be about 14x25x7 and completely sealed. I live in Michigan so I have cold winters and the basement can get cold but I don't want to have the room get overly hot. I'd prefer the equipment inside the room for convenience purposes but if the heat is an issue I would have it outside.


Anyone regret putting equipment inside or outside their room? I only have an Onkyo 818, Emotiva XPA-3, belkin power conditioner and a Blu-ray player. Thanks for looking.
 

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I'm finishing up a remodel of my existing home theater and I have moved all my equipment behind the back wall in another room (accessible by a door in the back wall of the theater.) First of all I was shocked how nice it is to have zero projector noise, given that PJ noise never really bothered me before. But I agree with Aberk, I don't want want to see any lights or LEDs from my components, as pretty as they are (Marantz AV7005 processor, Oppo BDP-103 Blu-Ray player, Carver amps, Panamax 5300PM power manager.) Just be sure you have a good RF remote solution that you like. I'm quite happy with my Logitech Harmony Smart Control because I like to control everything with my iPhone. The only reason I ever need to access my equipment is to load or remove a Blu-Ray disc, which I could eliminate with a server solution ($$$$$ sigh)!
 

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I guess the main reason I would put everything outside the room would be for heat management. I'd rather not have to buy expensive RF solutions so I'm leaning towards putting everything towards the rear of the room. I have over 900 Blu-ray movies so easy access to my player is a plus.
 

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I put my equipment in a rack just outside the theater door. I worried about not having access to at least the Blu-ray player, but it turned out to be a good decision. Having the lights, fans, heat, inside the theater would have been a major distraction.
 

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Where? Outside the room.


Reasons why? Fan noise and light distractions. I just finished building an HTPC. All of my media will be on it but realize I don't have 900 blu rays.
Additionally, as technology continues to evolve, more and more stuff works on wireless. I recently bought an Onkyo 929 and the remote app is pretty cool and I've seen some you can purchase for almost nothing that are even nicer. I'm still building my out my theater room and ran an IR repeater line that I picked up on Monoprice.com for a very reasonable price but have to wonder how much I'll use it. I have one now for my main floor set up and have been very happy with it.


Ultimately I'll likely go with the new Harmony. I've read a lot of good things about it and interfaces with smart phones and tablets. This ultimately leaves you with a very "clean" looking room.
 

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I installed mine just outside the theater in a wall shared by the storage room. In addition to all the reasons already stated, it is nice to stand behind the rack with good light while wiring up the equipment.
 

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Wherever I decide to put it I'll have full access to the rear which is a must for future upgrades. Thanks for the ideas and input
 

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Originally Posted by doublewing11  /t/1523105/where-is-your-a-v-equipment#post_24500520


Best location?


Just right outside you theater entrance door.........


This is almost exactly what I had in mind..

 

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^ That's almost exactly how mine is, but it's directly across from the theater door framed in to the wall. All the equipment for the whole house is there. One 37U reach in the wall, and a small (21U?) rack in the same area but not flushed in to the wall.


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mine will be in the room next to the screen behind fabric panels on hinges. this gives me easy access but I cannot see the lights through the fabric. I do want to figure out a way to make my projector quieter not sure how to do that though
 

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I like the hinged panel idea as well. Are you concerned with the room getting too warm from having the equipment there? Not sure how you can quiet down that pj though. I'm new to the projection world.
 

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If I had the space I'd do it outside the theater as well. Mine is to the left of the room behind a hinged "panel" covered with acoustic fabric. you can't see any lights but remote signals pass through just fine.

 
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I like the hinged panel idea as well. Are you concerned with the room getting too warm from having the equipment there? Not sure how you can quiet down that pj though. I'm new to the projection world.

it was not an issue in our last home but this is a lot smaller and it does get toasty in there - when i start building i will add cooling fans, have the ac on a bit more and and will crack the windows to add some air flow - i don't have any other option outside the room so i will figure it out as i start building -
 

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it was not an issue in our last home but this is a lot smaller and it does get toasty in there - when i start building i will add cooling fans, have the ac on a bit more and and will crack the windows to add some air flow - i don't have any other option outside the room so i will figure it out as i start building -

I suppose it does vary by room. I still think I like a rack built in to the back side of the wall. It's naturally cool in the basement year round so I don't think I'm going to worry too much about heat. It's mostly just me watching movies as well so I won't have lots of bodies heating up the space as well.
 

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I wish we had basements in fl...it seems that helps with temp control.

Yeah it's really nice having natural a/c but winters can get cold
Plus it'll help being underground so I can stretch the Emotiva's legs without bothering the neighbors.
 
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