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avguytx

Finally got my new audio rack built

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I figured since I hadnt been able to find a rack I liked, I'd just build my own. Having been around an uncle growing up who was a master craftsman/carpenter/cabinet maker and was major talented so I learned a lot from him. Not to mention I spent 25 years doing major custom car audio and home a/v installs so that helped too. I'm not near as fast at 47 years old as I was at 27 so it took me a tad longer. But, it turned out nice and is rock solid. It's built out of 1/2" MDF layered with 1/4" oak and the trim is done out of various sizes of red oak and I did my own routered trim pieces.

My wife was a major help with all the sanding and staining (she loves that part thank God) and did an awesome job.

It holds my Carver C-1 preamp that's been highly modified with all new Nichicon and Panasonic caps, 1% tolerance resistors, 8 new IC's, all new solid RCA jacks and I added remote control volume to it. Also my highly modified Carver M-1.0t that's upgraded to the MkII Opt 002 that puts out 425+ watts/channel and is dead quiet. There's also my ps3, a Carver CD player, Wii, and my 4 TB music server running JRiver with my CDs ripped in as FLAC files through a Fiii DAC for now.

Next up will be recapping my CF-3's and doing some bracing and deadening. When time allows...

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And one more pic since I can't seem to add more than one at a time from an iPhone.

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Are those "American Diner" drawer handles by Hickory Hardware?

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That is sweet! I have my eye on one similar although not near the quality i imagine for a future room i have to use. Very nice!

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Nice build! Have you found component overheating to be an issue, or did you incorporate some sort of forced ventilation?

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Looking good avquytx. It's always nice to DIY when you can. That way you get exactly want you want or can afford. I too am curious about venting to let the heat out.

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It's amazing how cool the M-1.0t runs even under reasonably loud playing but there is forced cooling through the backside of the cabinet. Thanks for the comments!

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That is so helpful to be able to design and build your own furniture especially to whatever size is needed. Hope you didn't wrestle too much with keeping the drawer guides aligned.

I sure would like to hear those amps on my RF7's.....;^)

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The drawer guides weren't too bad to do really. I guess being good at math came in handy! Haha. Maybe that's why I did so many years in audio/video and understood ohms law and now in my second career, I deal with multiple VLAN's and thousands of computers and can subnet like a beast. ;-)

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Well done... Enjoy...

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Beautiful work! Please post what mods you do on your CF3s. I'll be watching!

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I think the first thing I'm going to do is replace all of the caps with Solen caps and the wire wound resistors with Mills 12w 1% resistors plus sound deaden the horns and woofer frames. Then, I'll go from there.

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