Audio Racks

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    One thing to note: don't use Amazon recommended screws with casters. I ended up having to redo all the casters with 1.5" wood screws and some washers I had lying about.

    And fuck, I just realized the lights on the second shelf don't line up with the rest. Can't have that annoying me forever.
     
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    Fully wired and mostly cleaned up (that's Dramamine on the floor if you're curious as I get easily motion sick but use the PSVR and other headsets for work quite often).

    Wiring was more of a beast than expected. I used around 50 zip ties and 3/4 of a roll of VHB to keep it clean. The big ass Furman + another secondary power strip are behind the unit plus a Google WiFi puck and an Ethernet switch.

    The lights are controlled by Google Assistant now so anytime I need to fire them up to do wiring, I don't have to fiddle with a tiny switch.

    I ordered a perforated steel sheet from Metals Depot to replace the glass in the door (already removed). The current plan is to get it powder coated dark dark grey, install it, and move on to cleaning up my in-wall wiring + solving theater issues.
     
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    IKEA's Ivar makes a pretty decent cheap rack for my office. Plenty of room on the 19" deep shelves. Total price: $69.68

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    Perforated steel sheet came in a couple of days ago. IMG_20181210_175519.jpg

    Test fit was perfect:

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    Did two coats of rust oleum chalked charcoal then one coat of general finishes matte top coat:
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    I'm pretty happy. This is how it started life as a $216 rack:

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    $30 casters
    $2 in wood screws
    $30 for fans
    $20 for lights with WiFi control module
    $73 for perforated metal sheet from Metals Depot
    $7 of spray paint and leftover topcoat from my wood projects

    About $378 all in. I know, stupid to spend so much on a $216 rack but now I feel like I've got exactly what I want and I didn't spend the $1500 everyone else was asking for remotely similar features.
     
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    OT: What NAD is that? You have written some thoughts about it somewhere?
     
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    NAD T758 V3. I haven't used it so have no impressions but will probably fork to a HT journey thread and pull out some of the content here.

    Short story on the NAD, if you do the 10% off eBay GCs AND wait for the 10% coupon to hit again, the NAD refurbished is $999-$100 coupon -$90 ($900 in eBay GCs). Add another $100 for the upgrade from DIRAC LE to DIRAC live plus 2 $100 crown amps and you have the cheapest way to do 7.1.4 WITH full DIRAC live on all channels. Cheaper if you only need DIRAC LE (500Hz and below).

    You need TWO of the mini DSP units ($999 each) plus amps for all channels plus a receiver that does 7.1.4 with preamp outs for all channels if you want to get DIRAC live 2.0 room correction on the Atmos channels as well.
     
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