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Hello everyone, I am just about done with my new theater room and was looking for suggestions about building a component rack or buying one. Since the budget is small I am looking to do this fairly cheap. I have a yamaha receiver, dish network receiver, panasonic blu ray player and isobar right now. I will probably get some other components later. So I need to have room for all of those. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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What you do depends on your equipment and what you want to do. A component rack, by most definitions, has rack rails. If that's what you want and want to do it on a budget, then you can build a box or cabinet and buy a set a rack rails to install. The inside width of the box needs to be 19 1/8". The height is multiples of vertical rack space units which is 1 3/4". The depth is your deepest piece of gear plus plenty of space for cable connectors.

If you don't want rack rails and want to rely on shelves, then build your own box and use adjustable shelves.

You can probably buy a cheap premade box for this purpose but it will probably be just that...cheap and not last.


Quote (jhunter78 on Oct 26, 2008 9:20 PM):
Hello everyone, I am just about done with my new theater room and was looking for suggestions about building a component rack or buying one. Since the budget is small I am looking to do this fairly cheap. I have a yamaha receiver, dish network receiver, panasonic blu ray player and isobar right now. I will probably get some other components later. So I need to have room for all of those. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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If by an equipment 'rack' - you just mean something to hold your gear and you don't care what, then go to...

http://www.racksandstands.com and look around.

I've found very few sites which are as comprehensive as they are.

Now, if you do want to try to do a more 'pro' equipment rack, you can get rack rail on eBay cheap...

http://cgi.ebay.com/1-Pair-36-Space-36U-Full-Hole-Rack-Rail-EIA-19-Mount_W0QQitemZ220283465908QQihZ012QQcategoryZ41403QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Or search on eBay for 'Rack Rail Space' and you will find a number of results.

Then search for 'Middle Atlantic Rack Shelf' and you can find various standard rack shelves which will work.

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&catref=C6&from=R40&dfsp=1&satitle=rack+shelf+middle+atlantic&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=22079&sabfmts=1&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=1%26fsoo%3D1&coaction=compare&copagenum=1&coentrypage=search&fgtp=

This stuff is super nice because it all bolts in cleanly and can easily be moved to where you want it exactly, with space in between for ventilation.

Search for 'Rack Screws' and 'Rack Blanks' as well if you want to do it right and look at http://www.middleatlantic.com
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