How Much Ventilation Space in your AV Rack

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  1. nheather

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    Apologies for asking here, but I have tried the proper forums and whilst I have one or two answers not enough volume to form a consensus.

    Specifically for your AVR, how much space do you have above it in the rack for ventilation.

    If I look at some manufacturers manuals some state a minimum of 20cm for proper ventilation and heat dispersion.

    Now I have never seen an AV with anything like that, in fact when I bought my rack (albeit about 6 years ago) I struggled to find one that would accommodate by Denon AVR which is 17cm high.

    If I google I see plenty of AV racks with the equipment tucked into neat compartments which barely a centimetre to sides or top. I even see ones where the equipment is stacked on top of each other.

    The reason I ask is that I am trying to work out the best configuration for the Ikea Besta units in my mancave. My original plan (and still the most desirable) would leave the AVR (and my PC) with a couple of centimetres to the top and about 8cm to either side.

    How much space do you have above your AVR?

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  2. imightbewrong

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    5.5 cm:

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    It's a pretty chunky amp. It has a built-in thermostatically controlled fan which comes on very occasionally on hot days - so I'm guessing it's fine :)
     
  3. Chadford

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    I saw this a few days ago...
    How to cool your laptop using convection currents | Sugru
    ...maybe there's something in it? Perhaps angling shelves (slightly higher at the back, say 1cm-ish) will produce a chimney effect, dragging cool air from the front and venting at the back.
    Dunno, could be a daft idea, but hey, might just work?

    :)
     
  4. Werewolfs

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    I run some pc fans on switches on the back of my bestas. With the one containing virgin box on constant. Xbone and amp ones are on switches with leds to use when needed. Fairly simple to wire up from a transformer. Think I got the lot from Maplins.
     
  5. John

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    Are you wall mounting or free standing the Besta units ?
    Open fronted or with Doors ?
     
  6. nheather

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    I wasn't really looking for solutions, more interested in whether people really did leave a load of ventilation room and if not whether they have noticed any adverse effects.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  7. John

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    So long as the air has somewhere to move too, I am sure it will be fine
     
  8. gibbsy

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    I've got mine in one of these:
    Create unity and harmony in your home with a Skovby #773 TV cabinet. With Skovby Remote Link. | Skovby Møbler

    My BR player (Denon DBT-3310) is on the top shelf with 7mm above and 10mm to either side. Receiver (Denon AVR-2310) is on the bottom shelf has 17mm above and 10mm to either side. The unit has sliding doors which I leave open when using the equipment. TV and centre speaker sit on top of the cabinet and the other side has my sky box in and is used for storage and is quite happy in there with the door closed.
     
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    I've got two fans in my besta units.
     
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    Besta unit. About a cm around my amp. About 5cm around the tivo and ps3. Have doors but no backs. It's warm in there but I've had no issues in 6+ years...
     

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