June 29, 2010
| by Arlen Schweiger
One of the most important choices you make in designing your home theater—or by the custom electronics pro who designs it—is where to place a dedicated equipment rack.
Some people don’t want to see it at all, what with all of those blue, red or green status indicator lights. Others are more of the type to show off their assets—hey look at all of this cool A/V gear.
Rules of thumb with equipment racks generally include proper access, ventilation, accommodation and, yes, sometimes aesthetics.
You’ll want to make sure that products can be easily swapped out for upgrades or repairs; and if your gear overheats due to lack of airflow, you can be sure they’ll need repairing. Plus it’s always a good idea to prepare for the future, so overestimate how much gear will be stored rather than just accommodating the exact amount you plan on currently using.
Note: If you click on the slideshow links to the original story, you will find full equipment lists, if you’re wondering what’s in the rack.
Click here to check out 20 racks that will make your heads turn.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.