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    Show us your home entertainment rack YOU built

    or customized. I wish there were racks on the market that had appropriate cubby holes to fit a standard PC tower and also maybe a subwoofer. I hate looking at cables from the front. I'm fussy about neat wire management.

    Today, many "audio" systems at home also combine elements of video. I will have my music system integrated with my TV and video system. There was a time when television sets and record players, radios and tape decks were built commercially and sold in wooden console cabinets. These factory total home entertainment offerings came on the market as early as the 1950's. By the time the 1970's ended, this all-in-one audio/video concept was pretty much old hat by then. I remember the days when the term STEREO was common and there were "TV and Stereo" dealerships in America.

    Whatever became of QUADRAPHONIC systems?
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    Re: Show us your home entertainment rack YOU built

    Quote Originally Posted by JDBarrow View Post
    or customized. I wish there were racks on the market that had appropriate cubby holes to fit a standard PC tower and also maybe a subwoofer. I hate looking at cables from the front. I'm fussy about neat wire management.

    Today, many "audio" systems at home also combine elements of video. I will have my music system integrated with my TV and video system. There was a time when television sets and record players, radios and tape decks were built commercially and sold in wooden console cabinets. These factory total home entertainment offerings came on the market as early as the 1950's. By the time the 1970's ended, this all-in-one audio/video concept was pretty much old hat by then. I remember the days when the term STEREO was common and there were "TV and Stereo" dealerships in America.

    Whatever became of QUADRAPHONIC systems?
    You don't want to place a PC, tower or otherwise, near an audio system. PC's output fairly large amounts of several types of noise, which can picked up by your stereo gear and amplified. Best to have a computer, music server, NAS placed well away from the main audio component rack. Here the "inverse-square law" is your friend.
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    Re: Show us your home entertainment rack YOU built

    My set-top PC is shut down or in sleep mode when:

    1. broadcast television is being watched (yes, the computer will interfere with the indoor TV antenna, I have found out, and reception will stink on some channels)
    2. music is being played from the telephone via Bluetooth
    3. the stereo receiver is playing radio stations
    4. the Blu-ray player is playing DVD/BD movies or even music CD's

    When I get my new Marantz sound receiver, I will have to see if my nearby PC tower gives it any static, so to speak. I do want to amplify sound from PC games. I don't have to have the damned PC on anyway when local TV is being watched. I do watch a lot of YouTube videos streamed from the PC.
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    Re: Show us your home entertainment rack YOU built

    I built this red oak rack about 10 years ago. The center shelf is height-adjustable and slatted for air flow, the back is open, and the sides are slatted, and the drawer has lots of room form cables and such. I made a CAD drawing if anyone is interested.

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    Re: Show us your home entertainment rack YOU built

    Beautiful rack. Nicely done Jazzman53.
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