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Anonymous
April 11, 2005 12:48:37 PM

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Maybe unrelated but I have my Series 2 TIVO in an entertainment center along
with the AV receiver, DVD player, VCR, etc and it sure is very warm in the
compartment behind the glass door. What is a better way to ventilate the
cabinent? Is there a fan that is marketed just for entertainment centers,
i.e., small and quiet? Thanks.
Ted
May 1, 2005 7:47:01 PM

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TMG wrote:
> Maybe unrelated but I have my Series 2 TIVO in an entertainment center along
> with the AV receiver, DVD player, VCR, etc and it sure is very warm in the
> compartment behind the glass door. What is a better way to ventilate the
> cabinent? Is there a fan that is marketed just for entertainment centers,
> i.e., small and quiet? Thanks.
> Ted

Radio Shack has 2 small 120v fans that can be mounted on the back of your
cabinet. I just did this yesterday and it dropped the internal temperature of my
Directivo from 51c to 44c. Before I installed the DVR inside the cabinet it was
running at 43c so I'm pretty much back to it's normal operating temperature
although some here say that is still too high. I used the smaller of the 2
available fans from Radio Shack. $20 (check their website) The advantage of a
120v fan is that you can plug it into the switched power on your receiver and it
goes on / off with the receiver. My fan is rated at 36dB noise level and I
didn't research that to other available fans but I don't hear it with audio
coming from speakers. Airflow is rated at 32 CFM +-2dB. I have the airflow
shooting into the cabinet. Seems to work for me.
The fan is pigtailed. No A/C plug... so you have to go to the hardware store and
buy a plug. I recommend a plug where you are able to wrap the wires from the fan
onto terminal screws. Also the wires are rather short and I needed an ordinary
extension cord to get the power from the receiver to the fan.
May 3, 2005 8:42:42 AM

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In article <VR6de.18$1o3.2@newssvr12.news.prodigy.com>, "DanR" <dhr22@sorrynospm.com> wrote:
>
>
>TMG wrote:
>> Maybe unrelated but I have my Series 2 TIVO in an entertainment center along
>> with the AV receiver, DVD player, VCR, etc and it sure is very warm in the
>> compartment behind the glass door. What is a better way to ventilate the
>> cabinent? Is there a fan that is marketed just for entertainment centers,
>> i.e., small and quiet? Thanks.
>> Ted
>
>Radio Shack has 2 small 120v fans that can be mounted on the back of your
>cabinet. I just did this yesterday and it dropped the internal temperature of
> my
>Directivo from 51c to 44c. Before I installed the DVR inside the cabinet it was
>running at 43c so I'm pretty much back to it's normal operating temperature
>although some here say that is still too high. I used the smaller of the 2
>available fans from Radio Shack. $20 (check their website) The advantage of a
>120v fan is that you can plug it into the switched power on your receiver and
> it
>goes on / off with the receiver. My fan is rated at 36dB noise level and I
>didn't research that to other available fans but I don't hear it with audio
>coming from speakers. Airflow is rated at 32 CFM +-2dB. I have the airflow
>shooting into the cabinet. Seems to work for me.
>The fan is pigtailed. No A/C plug... so you have to go to the hardware store
> and
>buy a plug. I recommend a plug where you are able to wrap the wires from the
> fan
>onto terminal screws. Also the wires are rather short and I needed an ordinary
>extension cord to get the power from the receiver to the fan.
>
>
Since heat of course rises, it would have made more sense to make a blow hole
on the top of the cabinet.
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Anonymous
May 3, 2005 3:12:03 PM

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In article <d56vgg$jrc$2@news.xmission.com>,
glenzabr@nospamhere.xmission.com (GMAN) wrote:

> In article <VR6de.18$1o3.2@newssvr12.news.prodigy.com>, "DanR"
> <dhr22@sorrynospm.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> >TMG wrote:
> >> Maybe unrelated but I have my Series 2 TIVO in an entertainment center
> >> along
> >> with the AV receiver, DVD player, VCR, etc and it sure is very warm in the
> >> compartment behind the glass door. What is a better way to ventilate the
> >> cabinent? Is there a fan that is marketed just for entertainment centers,
> >> i.e., small and quiet? Thanks.
> >> Ted
> >
> >Radio Shack has 2 small 120v fans that can be mounted on the back of your
> >cabinet. I just did this yesterday and it dropped the internal temperature
> >of
> > my
> >Directivo from 51c to 44c. Before I installed the DVR inside the cabinet it
> >was
> >running at 43c so I'm pretty much back to it's normal operating temperature
> >although some here say that is still too high. I used the smaller of the 2
> >available fans from Radio Shack. $20 (check their website) The advantage of
> >a
> >120v fan is that you can plug it into the switched power on your receiver
> >and
> > it
> >goes on / off with the receiver. My fan is rated at 36dB noise level and I
> >didn't research that to other available fans but I don't hear it with audio
> >coming from speakers. Airflow is rated at 32 CFM +-2dB. I have the airflow
> >shooting into the cabinet. Seems to work for me.
> >The fan is pigtailed. No A/C plug... so you have to go to the hardware store
> > and
> >buy a plug. I recommend a plug where you are able to wrap the wires from the
> > fan
> >onto terminal screws. Also the wires are rather short and I needed an
> >ordinary
> >extension cord to get the power from the receiver to the fan.
> >
> >
> Since heat of course rises, it would have made more sense to make a blow hole
> on the top of the cabinet.

Alternatively, one can use an "open" component rack like the ones
commonly now sold at Circuit City and other places.

i.e. a Z-Line Designs Component Rack (2359-5T)
May 3, 2005 6:48:52 PM

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Jack Zwick wrote:
> In article <d56vgg$jrc$2@news.xmission.com>,
> glenzabr@nospamhere.xmission.com (GMAN) wrote:
>
>> In article <VR6de.18$1o3.2@newssvr12.news.prodigy.com>, "DanR"
>> <dhr22@sorrynospm.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> TMG wrote:
>>>> Maybe unrelated but I have my Series 2 TIVO in an entertainment center
>>>> along
>>>> with the AV receiver, DVD player, VCR, etc and it sure is very warm in the
>>>> compartment behind the glass door. What is a better way to ventilate the
>>>> cabinent? Is there a fan that is marketed just for entertainment centers,
>>>> i.e., small and quiet? Thanks.
>>>> Ted
>>>
>>> Radio Shack has 2 small 120v fans that can be mounted on the back of your
>>> cabinet. I just did this yesterday and it dropped the internal temperature
>>> of
>>> my
>>> Directivo from 51c to 44c. Before I installed the DVR inside the cabinet it
>>> was
>>> running at 43c so I'm pretty much back to it's normal operating temperature
>>> although some here say that is still too high. I used the smaller of the 2
>>> available fans from Radio Shack. $20 (check their website) The advantage of
>>> a
>>> 120v fan is that you can plug it into the switched power on your receiver
>>> and
>>> it
>>> goes on / off with the receiver. My fan is rated at 36dB noise level and I
>>> didn't research that to other available fans but I don't hear it with audio
>>> coming from speakers. Airflow is rated at 32 CFM +-2dB. I have the airflow
>>> shooting into the cabinet. Seems to work for me.
>>> The fan is pigtailed. No A/C plug... so you have to go to the hardware store
>>> and
>>> buy a plug. I recommend a plug where you are able to wrap the wires from the
>>> fan
>>> onto terminal screws. Also the wires are rather short and I needed an
>>> ordinary
>>> extension cord to get the power from the receiver to the fan.
>>>
>>>
>> Since heat of course rises, it would have made more sense to make a blow hole
>> on the top of the cabinet.
>
> Alternatively, one can use an "open" component rack like the ones
> commonly now sold at Circuit City and other places.
>
> i.e. a Z-Line Designs Component Rack (2359-5T)

True... but sometimes you have to work with what you have. (Budget)
May 3, 2005 6:48:52 PM

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GMAN wrote:
> In article <VR6de.18$1o3.2@newssvr12.news.prodigy.com>, "DanR"
> <dhr22@sorrynospm.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>> TMG wrote:
>>> Maybe unrelated but I have my Series 2 TIVO in an entertainment center along
>>> with the AV receiver, DVD player, VCR, etc and it sure is very warm in the
>>> compartment behind the glass door. What is a better way to ventilate the
>>> cabinent? Is there a fan that is marketed just for entertainment centers,
>>> i.e., small and quiet? Thanks.
>>> Ted
>>
>> Radio Shack has 2 small 120v fans that can be mounted on the back of your
>> cabinet. I just did this yesterday and it dropped the internal temperature of
>> my
>> Directivo from 51c to 44c. Before I installed the DVR inside the cabinet it
>> was running at 43c so I'm pretty much back to it's normal operating
>> temperature although some here say that is still too high. I used the
>> smaller of the 2 available fans from Radio Shack. $20 (check their website)
>> The advantage of a 120v fan is that you can plug it into the switched power
>> on your receiver and it
>> goes on / off with the receiver. My fan is rated at 36dB noise level and I
>> didn't research that to other available fans but I don't hear it with audio
>> coming from speakers. Airflow is rated at 32 CFM +-2dB. I have the airflow
>> shooting into the cabinet. Seems to work for me.
>> The fan is pigtailed. No A/C plug... so you have to go to the hardware store
>> and
>> buy a plug. I recommend a plug where you are able to wrap the wires from the
>> fan
>> onto terminal screws. Also the wires are rather short and I needed an
>> ordinary extension cord to get the power from the receiver to the fan.
>>
>>
> Since heat of course rises, it would have made more sense to make a blow hole
> on the top of the cabinet.

Do you mean "just" a hole without a fan? In my case the TV is sitting on top of
the cabinet. Also that part of the cabinet is quite heavy duty material. (yes,
hole saw would work) Where as the back is thinner and easier to cut a whole
into. I have the fan mounted as high as possible on the back and there is enough
air pressure so that I feel air venting from the front passing by the loosely
fitted glass door. (there are also 2 cable holes on the back) I'm also guessing
that with the fan in the rear and some components blocking it's line of sight to
the room that there is less fan noise leaking into the room.
I was too lazy to move the receiver to the top and the other components to the
bottom. That would be better for the TivoDVR... but it's now operating at the
same temperature that it did when it was out of the cabinet sitting all by
itself.
May 4, 2005 12:08:33 AM

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In article <obMde.1973$Vz4.49@newssvr11.news.prodigy.com>, "DanR" <dhr22@sorrynospm.com> wrote:
>
>
>GMAN wrote:
>> In article <VR6de.18$1o3.2@newssvr12.news.prodigy.com>, "DanR"
>> <dhr22@sorrynospm.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> TMG wrote:
>>>> Maybe unrelated but I have my Series 2 TIVO in an entertainment center
> along
>>>> with the AV receiver, DVD player, VCR, etc and it sure is very warm in the
>>>> compartment behind the glass door. What is a better way to ventilate the
>>>> cabinent? Is there a fan that is marketed just for entertainment centers,
>>>> i.e., small and quiet? Thanks.
>>>> Ted
>>>
>>> Radio Shack has 2 small 120v fans that can be mounted on the back of your
>>> cabinet. I just did this yesterday and it dropped the internal temperature
> of
>>> my
>>> Directivo from 51c to 44c. Before I installed the DVR inside the cabinet it
>>> was running at 43c so I'm pretty much back to it's normal operating
>>> temperature although some here say that is still too high. I used the
>>> smaller of the 2 available fans from Radio Shack. $20 (check their website)
>>> The advantage of a 120v fan is that you can plug it into the switched power
>>> on your receiver and it
>>> goes on / off with the receiver. My fan is rated at 36dB noise level and I
>>> didn't research that to other available fans but I don't hear it with audio
>>> coming from speakers. Airflow is rated at 32 CFM +-2dB. I have the airflow
>>> shooting into the cabinet. Seems to work for me.
>>> The fan is pigtailed. No A/C plug... so you have to go to the hardware store
>>> and
>>> buy a plug. I recommend a plug where you are able to wrap the wires from the
>>> fan
>>> onto terminal screws. Also the wires are rather short and I needed an
>>> ordinary extension cord to get the power from the receiver to the fan.
>>>
>>>
>> Since heat of course rises, it would have made more sense to make a blow hole
>> on the top of the cabinet.
>
>Do you mean "just" a hole without a fan? In my case the TV is sitting on top of
>the cabinet. Also that part of the cabinet is quite heavy duty material. (yes,
>hole saw would work) Where as the back is thinner and easier to cut a whole
>into. I have the fan mounted as high as possible on the back and there is
> enough
>air pressure so that I feel air venting from the front passing by the loosely
>fitted glass door. (there are also 2 cable holes on the back) I'm also guessing
>that with the fan in the rear and some components blocking it's line of sight
> to
>the room that there is less fan noise leaking into the room.
>I was too lazy to move the receiver to the top and the other components to the
>bottom. That would be better for the TivoDVR... but it's now operating at the
>same temperature that it did when it was out of the cabinet sitting all by
>itself.
>
>
Well even just a hole would allow the heat to rise, but i was suggesting you
add that fan in the blowhole with the air of course blowing up and out. Also
place one of those metal finger guards like you see on the sides of pc's
that have side fans.

My brother has a nice 20 year old solid oak stereo rack and when he added a
dual blowhole into the top of the unit, he was able to lower the temp in the
cabinet by approx 8 degrees.

He lives in a hot area of Utah where the average temp is 80-100 degrees year
round so he needed to do something.
May 4, 2005 12:09:14 AM

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In article <obMde.1973$Vz4.49@newssvr11.news.prodigy.com>, "DanR" <dhr22@sorrynospm.com> wrote:
>
>
>GMAN wrote:
>> In article <VR6de.18$1o3.2@newssvr12.news.prodigy.com>, "DanR"
>> <dhr22@sorrynospm.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> TMG wrote:
>>>> Maybe unrelated but I have my Series 2 TIVO in an entertainment center
> along
>>>> with the AV receiver, DVD player, VCR, etc and it sure is very warm in the
>>>> compartment behind the glass door. What is a better way to ventilate the
>>>> cabinent? Is there a fan that is marketed just for entertainment centers,
>>>> i.e., small and quiet? Thanks.
>>>> Ted
>>>
>>> Radio Shack has 2 small 120v fans that can be mounted on the back of your
>>> cabinet. I just did this yesterday and it dropped the internal temperature
> of
>>> my
>>> Directivo from 51c to 44c. Before I installed the DVR inside the cabinet it
>>> was running at 43c so I'm pretty much back to it's normal operating
>>> temperature although some here say that is still too high. I used the
>>> smaller of the 2 available fans from Radio Shack. $20 (check their website)
>>> The advantage of a 120v fan is that you can plug it into the switched power
>>> on your receiver and it
>>> goes on / off with the receiver. My fan is rated at 36dB noise level and I
>>> didn't research that to other available fans but I don't hear it with audio
>>> coming from speakers. Airflow is rated at 32 CFM +-2dB. I have the airflow
>>> shooting into the cabinet. Seems to work for me.
>>> The fan is pigtailed. No A/C plug... so you have to go to the hardware store
>>> and
>>> buy a plug. I recommend a plug where you are able to wrap the wires from the
>>> fan
>>> onto terminal screws. Also the wires are rather short and I needed an
>>> ordinary extension cord to get the power from the receiver to the fan.
>>>
>>>
>> Since heat of course rises, it would have made more sense to make a blow hole
>> on the top of the cabinet.
>
>Do you mean "just" a hole without a fan? In my case the TV is sitting on top of
>the cabinet. Also that part of the cabinet is quite heavy duty material. (yes,
>hole saw would work) Where as the back is thinner and easier to cut a whole
>into. I have the fan mounted as high as possible on the back and there is
> enough
>air pressure so that I feel air venting from the front passing by the loosely
>fitted glass door. (there are also 2 cable holes on the back) I'm also guessing
>that with the fan in the rear and some components blocking it's line of sight
> to
>the room that there is less fan noise leaking into the room.
>I was too lazy to move the receiver to the top and the other components to the
>bottom. That would be better for the TivoDVR... but it's now operating at the
>same temperature that it did when it was out of the cabinet sitting all by
>itself.
>
>
If the TV is right above there then no that wouldnt work.
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