All, I am looking for a free-standing rack to dump a bunch of equipment in. Want it to be tall so the second project can sit on top. Have a couple of amplifier, AVR, HD-DVD player, two Blu-ray players, Xbox 360 and One, DirecTV DVR, Panamax, UPC and some smaller items (router, Apply TV, etc.).
I'm even willing to consider two free-standing racks where the hotter components (the two Emotiva XPA-5's, Panamax and UPC) are in a smaller (shorter) side rack.
Not sure what the budget would be as I am not sure what the field is like. Purchase timeframe would be now. _________________ Trust no one. Absolutely no one. Advice of the board.
Link Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:36 pm Post subject:
OK, so "tall" means you're looking at a 44-48U... That puts it up in the 6-1/2' to 7' ballpark. Middle Atlantic or Sanus both have very nice high-quality options. Sanus is a little better-looking IMHO, and what's even nicer is that the pricing is a little better, and you save a ton on accessories because the Sanus racks come with shelves and blanks, where Middle Atlantic nickel-and-dimes you to death on all that stuff.
You're looking at $1000-1500 for a tall rack like you're talking about, and $500 or so for a small one.
If you want to save some serious coin, used/second-hand is always an option. Since you're in Atlanta, that should actually be possible surfing craigslist or even eBay for your area. I picked up a decent used Middle Atlantic rack locally for $200 that would have been approaching $1500 with all the accessories. It needs to be cleaned up and it has a couple of gouges in it, but for that kind of savings, I'm OK with not having a pristine rack.
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Link Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 4:36 pm Post subject:
I agree with Steve. Call local AV and residential installation companies to see if htey have a trade-in rack in stock that they'd sell cheap. They are hard to resell usually so I'm sure they'd dump them cheap.
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Link Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:38 am Post subject:
Do you have a company in your area that handles electronics scrap and surplus?
Because from them, you can get racks for pennies on the dollar. And usually they're in great shape.
Also check with companies in your area that do a lot of IT system installation work. Odds are that they'll be removing and replacing
racks some time in the next or last few weeks. Get the old ones for a bargain.
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