Comments on my DIY AV Cabinet

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  1. BruceL

    BruceL Auditioning

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    I am getting ready to build a AV cabinet to match up with some book cases my wife has asked me to build. Exterior dimensions will be 74" high x 23.5" wide x 26.5" deep (which will include a 4.5" "channel" behind the back to manage cables. Inside will be 22" wide by 22" deep and as I only have 5 components now, I will be able to allow plenty of space between shelves. Made of 3/4" birch plywood with maple hardwood trim on exposed edges - stained light cherry (same as book cases).
    Will have a wood framed glass door.
    Main question is, considering that there will be plenty of space for air movement - should I consider a fan? There will be small openings in the back to run cables as necessary.
    Current components are:
    Elite 26 Receiver
    DTC 100 STB
    Sony DSS Reciver
    JVC 7600 VCR
    Pioneer 525 DVD
    All hooked up to Elite 510.
    Future upgrades would possibly include a PVR (hopefully HDTV capable in the near future) and a CD Jukebox.
    Any comments or suggestions greatly appreciated.
    Thanks - Bruce
     
  2. Greg_R

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    Check your owner's manuals and see what they say the minimum spacing for their component should be. Most amps require 3"-4" of open space on top. You may need to plan your shelves accordingly...
    Greg
     
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    I have some ~high quality glass door racks I bought decades ago, and I found out real quick that the rear panels had to be removed to keep heat rise acceptable, so while you may not need fans initially, IMO you should plan for them long term.
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  4. BruceL

    BruceL Auditioning

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    Greg & Greg - thanks for the replies. I plan to leave 10" to 12" clear above the receiver and with the width I will have approx 2" clear on both sides. Should be plenty of room for it to "breathe".
    Thanks again for the input.
    Bruce
     

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