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Tips on rack setting hardware setting out
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Post 1 made on Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 16:53
Regular Member
February 2017
Im setting out a new rack and wanted some input on where the hardware should be distributed. Ive created a rack diagram in the link below in a google sheets, if you'd like to edit the rack diagram please feel free to duplicate the spreadsheet and re share.

Ive kept the hottest items away from each other. Ive also left perhaps to much room between certain devices eg. blank plates either side of the control system controller and control system I/O devices which dont get very hot.

Any inputs appreciated.

Shared diagram in google sheets : [Link:]
Post 2 made on Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 22:43
Active Member
September 2010
How I usually do my racking.

Network Switch
Music Sources
DA Preamp
DA Amp
Matrix Switch
House Video Sources
Theater Sources
Theater Receiver or Preamp
Theater Amp (if necessary)
Subwoofer Amp (if necessary)
Power Unit (Panamax BlueBolt) w/ vertical rack power bars.

With blanks in between.

I have all Cat lines fed into keystone patch panel at the top of the rack facing the rear.
All speaker wires feed directly to amps.
Post 3 made on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 00:38
Mac Burks (39)
Elite Member
May 2007

Last edited by Mac Burks (39) on September 17, 2017 06:31.
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Post 4 made on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 09:30
Mr. Brad
Advanced Member
April 2008
Heaver equipment like amps and UPS at the bottom, and lighter equipment as we work our way up. However, the AVR should be at the top of the heavy stuff so you can read the front panel without laying on the ground.

Keep audio and video sources together if possible. If the cabinet is adequately cooled, the stacking due to heat shouldn't be a big issue.

it's like a painting, everyone's is going to be a little different, even if you are trying to replicate the same image. And, each one will get better. Post pictures.
Post 5 made on Saturday September 16, 2017 at 13:13
Richie Rich
Senior Member
July 2002
From top to bottom
Power management
Security NVR/DVR
Network (modem, router, ap controller, switch(es)
Sources (streaming, cable/sat/audio)
Control system processor/controllers
House audio controllers/amplifiers
UPS (if specced).

If I am doing more then one rack, sources go in one along with AVRs. House audio, control system and network in the other.
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Post 6 made on Sunday September 17, 2017 at 00:25
Dave in Balto
Super Member
January 2008
Bottom to top,

Ups, amps, matrix, avr, power, av sources, control, network, patch panels for data and IR/232, cameras etc.
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The Dude
Post 7 made on Monday September 18, 2017 at 02:25
Loyal Member
November 2006
Same as others.
FYI, rack spaces are counted from bottom up.
Get used to it now and you'll be better off going forward.
Yes, I realize that many racks have space labeling going both ways.

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