The basic premise of installing this rack is – I think that Home Theatre (HT) gear, while necessary, is not the prettiest thing to look at and a user friendly lounge shouldnï¿½t force the technology that enables your entertainment in your face. Because of this ï¿½ I had a dedicated HT cupboard on the architects plans from early on in our renovations and have had my eye on one of these racks ever since a friend of mine told me of their existence.
Originally, I was going to simply buy some rack shelving and install it into the sides of the cupboard and hang the gear off that which would have been fine, but ï¿½ given how often I change gear in and out with day job, a rotatable rack which would slide out of the cupboard and spin around in itï¿½s entirety so I can unplug stuff and basically fnarkle around without having to drag everything out, support thousands of dollars of gear on one arm whilst extracting the device I want to switch / play with and then push it all back in minus the extracted gear (still grasped in the other hand) while all the cables fall out of the back of the gear (which then necessitates another extraction of gear and high stakes balancing act).
So, as can be seen from the pics above, the rack is high enough to take a relatively large amount of gear, sturdy enough (assuming I screwed it into the top of my cupboard well enough) to hold the fully loaded rack outside of the cupboard and does indeed allow you to get at the back of your equipment to fiddle around when needed.
Still to be done:
- Attach IR blasters to gear
- Get some blank plates to block off what doesnï¿½t need to be accessible from the front of the rack
- Put the doors back on the cupboard
- Wire in the rest of the speakers
- Source -and- program up a single remote to make all of this stuff work ï¿½ easily.