AV receiver ventilation


Novice Member
Hi guys,

I'm fairly new to decent hifi and home theatre equipment. I have a Yamaha RX-V485 av receiver, and the user manual says that it should have 20cm of free space either side, and 30cm above. Does it really need that much space, or do people mostly ignore the guidelines? The cabinet only needs to accommodate the av receiver and a games console, and will have a centre speaker on top, but I wanted a smallish cabinet and leaving that much space around the av receiver doesn't leave much for anything else. I'll probably be having the furniture made so I'll be able to customise the sizes, and the front will be open to allow for ventilation.



Take a look at this thread for details on ventilation for an AV receiver. You will see how tight my receiver is in the cabinet but has never overheated with the AC Infinity fans I use.



Novice Member

I never thanked you for this. It took a while, but I got around to getting this cabinet made. Plenty of space, and no problems with overheating. We did have some slight problems getting it through the doors, but you can't have everything.



Active Member
I use an AC Infinity unit ontop of my Marantz SR7012 which does the job.

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