This unique equipment rack and wiring job may not be the prettiest, but it's very tidy and efficient.
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Rainbow of Wire Runs

The other side of this wall is the home’s second-story theater room, complete with a 7.1-channel surround-sound system featuring JBL floorstanding speakers recessed into the walls, an InFocus projector, and some fancy settings programmed into the HAI and Elan systems. There’s the little black box toward the top of the rack unit, which is a rear-channel interrupter from Elan that routes the home’s doorbell chime through the ceiling to the rear surround speakers.

Other wires from that box include the motion detector and floor sensor wires - thanks to the latter, when someone steps into the room the lights go on automatically. Below the black box is a Cat 5 punchdown block, with control room cables coming in as green (live) or red (spare, for future use). From the bottom, the colorful cabling bunch includes component wires to the projector, as well as a USB wire that runs between a USB balun and custom media center PC in the control room. And all of those Cablofil trays may not be the most aesthetically pleasing things, but they keep the cables from hanging like vines.

Read more: Getting the Rack Right the First Time