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Buy or make a rack for this set-up ?

Discussion in 'AV Stands, Cabinets, Seating & Furniture' started by jimbowley, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. jimbowley

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    This is my current thoughts for layout. see attached picture. A central stack, maybe a bit wider than the rack shown. Maybe a partially smoked glass front to help hide diffferent colour boxes, and flashing lights. The plasma sits on top at a height of 1000mm. Anyone seen anything like this?

    I will probably make it myself from MDF. I like the idea of a black stand with a back board with letterbox slots which are obscured with brushes - so you can push an AC plug through but then the hole closes up. The shelf depth would be less than sides to give hidden space behind for power distribution and cable gathering.

    Any comments ?

    Regards
    Jim
     

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    I do like the idea of the letterbox brushes!

    MDF would probably be fine but I'd try and get the finished product spray painted as MDF can look a bit tatty on its own. Do you not know any metal workers who could fabricate a metal version?
     
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    Love the Plasma JIM have a look at TNT-Audio for DIY Stand info....
     
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    So that's what the infamous ALIS panel looks like! :laugh:
     
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    Thanks hornydragon, it's hi-res but not very flatscreen.

    I quite like the TNT FLeXy, although I'd have 4 legs. But the main point of my design is hiding the cables so an open design doesn't work.
     
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    Does if you use some pipe for rear leg and have cable holds with it....
     
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    Do you mean metal framed, or all metal (ie sides and shelves) ?

    I'm sure metal sides and shelves would have the audiophiles up in arms? But that would be very feasible as my brother has a sheet metal fabrication shop!

    Stainless steel racks anyone?
     
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    Have you been reading my other other post where I propose a large vertical tube which the plasma also mounts to ?
     
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    yeah in my opion not a good idea......
     
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    there is an off the shelf panny unit like that
    [​IMG]
     
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    Hello Jim

    I'd get the TT3 on its side - unless you really need the Plasma so high up for some reason.

    If your handy with the woodwork how about a long low cabinet fitted across the corner (possibly even extending into the bay window) with the Front L/R speakers sat on top of the cabinet (and a bit further apart than in your picture) and the Centre in its own 'compartment' flanked by the rest of your kit behind solid (or glass) doors.

    More this sort of look:

    See bottom of this page http://www.artcoustic.com/products.htm

    and less 1980's HiFi rack.

    Best regards

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    All looks very nice, but how do the IR remotes work if the kit is all in boxes? It's also easier to make kit look good against a flat wall, which is also an option for me.

    That's the lowest want the screen.

    " and less 80's Hi-Fi rack" > ouch. I'll have to see how it looks when I lash it up. I'm interested to find out what it sounds like with the speakers that close to each other. I'm trying not to intrude into the bay window for aesthetic reasons. We shall have to see.
     
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    Hello Jim

    80's HiFi - oh yes I must have sold a fair few tons of Target TT2, TT3 etc oh and the odd Hernia Inducing sand filled HJ speaker stands to go with Rogers, MF, Castle and Yamaha speakers.

    If you have solid doors you can install a Xantech Micro Link (490-00) IR 'barrel' in the frame of your cabinet and an IR emitter inside the cabinet.

    I'm sure someone who's handy with a jig saw could make a flat fronted cabinet that 'custom' fitted into your corner and then some nice lighting behind the kit would look good too.

    Best regards

    Joe
     

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