Need an AV Rack

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garyhun

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26,226 posts

167 months

Thursday 20th March 2014
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I need a rack to store all AV stuff - router, switches, patch panel, freeview recorder, Sonos, AV amp, Apple TV etc.

I think I need around 18U capacity (or possibly 22U) and can't go any deeper than 550mm.

It's going in a cupbaord so does not require a door. Not sure at moment if going wall mounted or floor standing.

Can anyone suggest a good place to get these from at decent prices?

Thanks!

Rick Cutler

635 posts

156 months

Thursday 20th March 2014
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garyhun said:
I need a rack to store all AV stuff - router, switches, patch panel, freeview recorder, Sonos, AV amp, Apple TV etc.

I think I need around 18U capacity (or possibly 22U) and can't go any deeper than 550mm.

It's going in a cupbaord so does not require a door. Not sure at moment if going wall mounted or floor standing.

Can anyone suggest a good place to get these from at decent prices?

Thanks!
I had a similar issue last year, the cupboard was not very deep and needed is to be around 450mm deep, racks come in 400 and 500 depths and more. This meant i would have modify whatever rack i went for. equipment 430mm!!

In the end I got some 1"x 1" planed timber made the top and bottom squares with this then the uprights to suit. To fit the equipment used wood screws through the rack ears. Built my own shelves for the sonos, router etc.

Looks good but one day i will get a house with a big enough room for the AV.

Best place to look is EBAY. Some office clearance places are good.

This place is quite good.

http://www.proaudiostash.co.uk/racking/

Don't forget shelves and rack screws and nuts. Pair of gloves to save your fingers on the rack nuts (or buy middle atlantic racks!)

garyhun

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26,226 posts

167 months

Thursday 20th March 2014
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Cheers Rick - I assume Middle Atlantic does not need nuts or is just easier?

DavidY

4,017 posts

223 months

Thursday 20th March 2014
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Used these people in the past, quite good quality and certainly good enough for home use.

http://www.rackcabinets.co.uk/

Just make sure you buy all the bits you need and have someone in on the delivery day (got quite stroppy with me when they delivered on a different day and no-one was in to sign (their fault!!))

garyhun

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26,226 posts

167 months

Thursday 20th March 2014
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Thanks David.
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toxicnerve

20,852 posts

116 months

Thursday 20th March 2014
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Gary,

Did you get your Grafik Eye sorted out?

garyhun

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26,226 posts

167 months

Thursday 20th March 2014
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toxicnerve said:
Gary,

Did you get your Grafik Eye sorted out?
I have been so snowed under that I have not done a thing yet frown

I need to get my arse in gear and get that sorted in the next 2 weeks.

toxicnerve

20,852 posts

116 months

Friday 21st March 2014
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No worries, I know what it's like!

Let me know if you need any other help...

VEX

4,310 posts

185 months

Friday 21st March 2014
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AVRacks.co.uk

I have found the Proaudiostash flatpack ones a bit wobbly, I have had to brace them in the past.

If you cant buy direct, let me know what you want and I can get them for you.

V.

garyhun

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26,226 posts

167 months

Friday 21st March 2014
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Cheers - when I know what I need I may come back to you!!

Autopilot

969 posts

123 months

Friday 21st March 2014
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Apologies for the thread hijack! Any recommendation on where I could get an AV Cabinet that will house my kit but look like a piece of furniture and not something that belongs in a server room?

I don't have a huge amount of kit but what I have got is a bit chunky and don't really want any of it on display. My only real contraint is that it needs to sit in an alcove and won't have the TV sat of top of it. I've found plenty of cabinets suited for having a TV on top, but none that would sit in a corner and be more discreet.

I have a couple of consoles, a large media streamer (Popcorn hour C300), Sonos Connect and I'm about to replace my AV Receiver for a Yamaha A3030 so fairly chunky. Aesthetics are important, but so is cable management and keeping the gear cool.

Thanks

dhutch

3,135 posts

136 months

Thursday 17th January
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Thread recovery alert !!!

VEX said:
AVRacks.co.uk
Just having a look at these, appears they do a 250mm deep rack, which in terms of the space I have for it on the wall would suit well in terms of not sticking out into the room too much. Basically just expecting to have a patch panel and switch in it, maybe the router if I move the incoming master skt.

Would it be right to say that this depth would preclude almost all (all?) 19" rack switches? but not some of the smaller switches with rack brackets, or on a shelf.

There also appear to be a decent number of 300mm deep ones, if they are better? I cant fit a 450/500/600 deep rack without it being daft. Looks like 10" racks also exist, they look nice but I am not really constrained by the width.

Total number of sockets in the house will be right on the limit for 24port, but likely only be using just under half..


https://www.avracks.co.uk/racks/wall-cabinets/600x...
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4U-Black-300mm-Deep-19-...tongue outf:0

Mr Pointy

3,065 posts

98 months

Thursday 17th January
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dhutch said:
Would it be right to say that this depth would preclude almost all (all?) 19" rack switches? but not some of the smaller switches with rack brackets, or on a shelf.
I think you will get some of the 24 port rack mounted Netgear switches in a 250mm deep rack. This one is only 180mm deep:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/NETGEAR-GS324-100EUS-24-P...

That's just the first one I grabbed off Amazon, there are others. You may need to use a right angle IEC connector though.

VEX

4,310 posts

185 months

Friday 18th January
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Also have a look at www.aca-apex.co.uk

We use then as a termination panel for our bigger installs, giving us one neat point in the cupboard to connect to, then only run the cables that are needed to the equipment rack.

We also use them as main racks with thier adjustable shelving for smaller jobs like apartments etc. A little costly but really really neat.

V.