Audio / Video Equipment Stacking Order

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mike H Wizard, Apr 25, 2002.

  1. Mike H Wizard

    Mike H Wizard Stunt Coordinator

    Mar 7, 2002
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    Hi Everyone,
    I'm trying to figure out what the best way to organize my Audio / Video Equipment in my cabinet would be...
    This is the order I have it arranged in my cabinet now from
    top to the
    DVD Player
    Tape Deck
    CD Player
    I have everything in One Black Entertainment Center the
    TV is located to the Right of my Audio / Video Equipment.
    The Entertainment Center is sectioned off into 3 sections left to right see link below:
    My Entertainment Center
    A/V Equipment, TV, and CD's all next to each other...
    How do all of you have your equipment arranged, which would be the best way to arrange my Equipment?
    Thank you in advance,
  2. Westly T

    Westly T Second Unit

    Oct 5, 1999
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    I always like to put the receiver on top as it puts off the most heat and you need not cook all your AV equipment. I also have always had a vent of some sort at the top of the cabinet.
  3. Jeff Pryor

    Jeff Pryor Supporting Actor

    Mar 5, 2002
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    My equipment from top to bottom:

    VCR on top shelf

    DVD player on shelf below

    Cassette deck stacked on CD player on next shelf

    Receiver on the bottom shelf with about six inches of space above for venilation
  4. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

    May 22, 1999
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  5. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

    Mar 28, 2000
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    Call me wishy-washy, but I agree with both Westly and Bob. However, I have to side with Westly. Put the receiver on the top shelf and provide plenty of headspace for ventilation. I wouldn't want to have a receiver that generates a lot of heat under other components. After putting the receiver on top, put the component you use least often on the bottom shelf. Here is how I have my entertainment center component cabinet set up from top to bottom:
    A/V receiver (8" of headspace with a desktop fan on top)
    Denon CD changer
    Sony SACD changer
    Kenwood minidisc player
    Sony DVD changer
    I have a stereo system and home-theater system in the same room and listen to music far more often than I watch movies, so the DVD player is on the bottom shelf. The set-up is a bit screwed up though. I use the Denon changer for recording CDs to minidisc, so I guess it would make sense for the Denon and Kenwood components to be stacked together, but the cables easily reach now, so I don't worry about it. Still, I don't use the Denon changer often, so I should bury it lower down in the rack. It's just too much trouble to move things around. Besides, the Denon changer isn't bothering the other components where it is now. [​IMG]
    As an obvious exception to my rule of having an amp on the top shelf, I wouldn't worry about placing an amp on a lower shelf if it doesn't get too warm. I have an NAD C 350 stereo integrated amp on the middle shelf in a stereo system (with plenty of headspace), and I've had no problems. The C 350 doesn't get very warm.
    Here is another exception to the amp-on-the-top rule. Consider the weight of your receiver/amp and the weight limits for shelves on your rack. A couple of months ago, I considered replacing my Sony STR-V444ES receiver with an STR-DA5ES. The 'DA5ES weighs about 44 lbs., and the adjustable shelves in my entertainment center (Sauder) are only rated to 40 lbs. So, had I bought the 'DA5ES, I would have had to place it on the bottom shelf. The bottom shelf, which includes the space in the component rack and the space in the cabinet under the TV is rated to 100 lbs. The 'V444ES weighs 37.5 lbs., so I can put it on any shelf.
  6. Bill Lucas

    Bill Lucas Supporting Actor

    Mar 20, 1999
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    Items that require access (DVD players, CD changers, VCR's, etc.) should be between waist and shoulder height. Amps can be above or below but need plenty of space and ventilation. A whisper fan or two and "U" grooves cut into the back of shelves make an excellent cooling system. Regards.

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