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Topic # 112754 19-Dec-2012 10:39 Send private message

Hi

Firstly, I apologise if this isn't the right forum but am hoping someone can help me with my query below.

We are about to start our home rennovations and as part of this would like to build an "inbuilt home theatre cabinet" in the lounge so that the following gadgets can be hidden away:
1. AMP - Yamaha Z7 (this thing generates a lot of heat)
2. MySKY - another portable heater
3. Apple TV 1 ( seems to also get very hot!)
4. Xbox 360
5. PS3
6. small linksys switch
7. Squeezbox
8. Mac Mini

Ideally i want all of the above hidden away giving a nice clean look. The new cabinet will be recessed against an exterior facing wall which means that I could "extract" the heat out if I get teh right unit.

The gadets will have their own indivdual shelves i.e they won't be stacked ontop of each other

Has anyone got any ideas on active cooling systems or heat extraction units?

Thanks heaps

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  Reply # 734859 19-Dec-2012 11:50 Send private message

Take a look at these threads

Thread one.
Thread two.
Thread three.

Basically I have a fan on top of my amp sucking heat through, and a fan at the back of each side of my cabinet sucking the heat out. I've used 140mm computer fans, a variable voltage power supply, plus a case and connectors to hook them all together.

If I was starting again I'd get one of the system that this guy makes, or something similar.

I don't know if you want to breach the external wall for this, but putting it out the side of the cabinet should work. The trick is getting it to look good.




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