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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted February 17 2008 - 01:33 PM

My FP HT room is the upstairs "bonus room" in my house. I'm thinking of buying a compact refrigerator for entertaining since it's the only room (other than a half-bath) upstairs.

Here's what I'm considering:
3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator (Color: Black)

It's a two-door compact made by Frigidaire. I thought black would be appropriate to match with all the other black/dark wood in the FP theater. I like it because of the relatively large freezer compartment for ice cubes. Actually ice cube storage upstairs is the primary reason I'm getting one.

I know there will be acoustic noise and AC power noise issues. The acoustic noise may be limited since I'm thinking of putting it in the stairwell landing and it won't be in direct line with the viewers' ears.

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#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Rod J

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Posted February 17 2008 - 02:10 PM

The noise will drive you crazy and it'll add $30 a month to your electric bill.

Seriously, make sure you listen to it first or can take it back. Some of these lightweight models are noisier than a full size refrigerator (they also generate a lot of heat in the room).

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted February 17 2008 - 02:30 PM

This model's EPA rating is $27 a year. My typical electrical bill doesn't get above $55 a month in the summer running the AC a lot. I'll check with Lowes about the return policy.....
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#4 of 5 OFFLINE   John Dirk

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Posted February 17 2008 - 03:26 PM

That's an odd looking fridge. I've never seen one like it before. I have a standard college dorm type mini-fridge in my theater. It's black and about half the size of yours. I use it for snacks primarily although it does ice too. I got it for $60.00 using Craigs List. You can always find great deals there unless you prefer new.

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#5 of 5 OFFLINE   Mjorgensen

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Posted March 17 2008 - 02:13 PM

I bought one of those glass front beverage coolers for my theater and besides the noise it added allot of heat from the compressor!