|Building The Basic, Badass Home Theater|
|Home Theater Feature Articles Other|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Wednesday, 01 February 2006|
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Traditional racks used for audiophile systems are a sore topic with many wives, designers and system owners who need to continually make changes to their system. Radical improvements have been made to store-bought home theater racks, including most importantly the ability to install a flat TV on top of your gear.
Depending on the size of your system, in addition to the extra components you may purchase at some time in the future, you need to consider the size of your rack. Personally, I prefer installed equipment racks like the kind Middle Atlantic sells. You buy the shelves you need for the gear you have and install them neatly in a rack, which saves space. With a pullout style, you have easy access to the back of your rack to make equipment or cable changes with relative ease. You can mount one or two racks like these into a custom piece of furniture or into a closet which you will find can create much more space in your theater. Consider ventilation in any rack system you might install. Overheating is a classic way to get AV equipment to fail on you. Consider ways to get cool air into your rack, as well as sucking hot air from your rack to another place in your home or venting it outside. The parts needed for a pro rack could cost you between $600 to $800, depending on the size and amount of cool custom faceplates that you order. Also be sure to get a rack drawer for about $50, so that you have a place to store all of your remotes in case you ever need them. Also consider installing an AC power strip that rack-mounts with a light. I use mine all the time when changing discs in a dark room during a listening session.