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Rack Mounts

I am looking to rack-mount the following:

~Pioneer SX-3800 60W Receiver
~Pioneer CT-F1250 Cassette Player/Recorder
~JVC SEA-80 Equalizer
~Pioneer RG-2 Range Expander
~Teac X-10R Open-reel deck

I know all of these items are rack-mountable with the rack-mounting "ears". I have been looking for them without much luck. Any ideas? Everything but the range expander are the export, multi-voltage models. I have a Pioneer PL-600 direct-drive turntable, too, though obviously not rack-mountable.

Additional, there was a "anti-noise" DBX(?) box that went with the X-10R. I would be interested in that, too, if still out there.

Jeff in Omaha, NE



Re: Rack Mounts

Thanx for your reply. I had considered the shelf option and just set these items in the rack. That would work, I suppoe. Not as "kewl" but it would work. ;-) The rack is an EIA standard 19-inch rack standing 45U tall; right at seven feet tall. It is on casters, too, so REALLY tall. It is a Mayline with a smoked Plexiglas door in the front. The damn thing was $3000 new! Shelves are available but are really expensive. This rack was going to serve as the house CAT6 gigabit network termination point, too. The old component stereo was going to power outdoor music.

Thanx again,

Jeff in Omaha, NE

Re: Rack Mounts

Hi Jeff,

I think you should re-think the Cat-6 termination in the same rack as the audio system. More from a convenience and nuisance when moving the rack around in order to service it. There are nice wall mounted 6U enclosures that would remain permanently attached to a wall in order to terminate wire runs and house patch panels and network switches. If you ever sell the home the wall rack would stay with the house as part of the infrastructure and you would just remove the audio rack.

The Startech shelves are not that expensive, especially if you dont need a deep one. Here is a 16 inch one. I have no relation to the seller.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/StarTech-com-1U-Server-Rack-Shelf-16-Deep-Vente...

-bob

Re: Rack Mounts

I'm right there with ya! The Mayline rack is too much now. I will probably not go forward the CAT6 wiring and just go wireless. I really don't like wireless from a security standpoint (my wife loathes the constant RF exposure) but I don't have much choice now. I am disabled and cannot use ladders. In fact, I have only about 40% mobility in my right side; I had a brain stem stroke and statistically, I should be dead. As it turns out, the data center is fine, I just blew a router.

The infrastructure concept was going to be the outdoor audio, too. If I moved, it would stay.

Jeff in Omaha, NE

Re: Rack Mounts

Hi,

Sorry, I don't have any information on the manufacturer's rack ears for your equipment. However there are companies like Middle Atlantic that offer custom rack mount accessories for equipment that wasn't designed to be rack mounted. They can custom make a solution for any piece of equipment that fits within a rack width. The downside to these is that they are only usuable for the one specific component and tend to take up more rack spaces than a rack ear solution. There are also companies that offer 1U, 2U and larger rack shelves that will allow you to sit a component on the shelf. Startech is one of those manufacturers but there are many more. You could use these until you find the manufacturer's rack ears.

-bob