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BillD

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Post Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:46 pm

Re: Stacking amps

Well, I think you need to be careful about ventilation. That's why pro amps have fans that move air through the amps rather than allowing convection to cool them. I have a friend with a rack of Carver amps, but he uses a fan in the rack and has all the skins off of them (just faceplates showing).
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Post Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:15 pm

Re: Stacking amps

Sorry, I was being kind of a smart ass. I do stack my gear but I use risers and I don't use an enclosed cabinet. :-" The picture in my avatar was only taken as a sales picture, I don't think any of them were even hooked up to any speakers. :D
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Mr. M-500t

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Post Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:30 pm

Re: Stacking amps

If you guys want to shine those old risers up, an old cotton T-shirt, wet sponge and Brasso work very well. O:)
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Post Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:16 am

Re: Stacking amps

i have been stacking 4 amps since new. 2-55's and 1-35 and a tfm15cb. i have not had any issues, but if i ever run it hard, then a fan is placed from behind to move air. normal listening, no problem.
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Post Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:21 am

Re: Stacking amps

I'm just worried that my amps will overheat and fail.My $5000 audiophile amp only lasted 6 years.Then one channel started cutting out.After 2 tries they still couldn't fix it.So I threw it in the Green Bay{just kidding}.But I'll never buy that company's stuff again.I'm not saying the name but it starts with a K and came from a sci-fi movie.
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BillD

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Post Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:14 pm

Re: Stacking amps

You should know better than to buy Krell. You need to move up from there.
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Post Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:39 pm

Re: Stacking amps

Mr. M-500t wrote:If you guys want to shine those old risers up, an old cotton T-shirt, wet sponge and Brasso work very well. O:)


To that end, the risers make the components look a lot better.
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Post Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:02 pm

Re: Stacking amps

What about just putting a big ol box fan on top of it? :D
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Post Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:05 am

Re: Stacking amps

1044InProgress wrote:What about just putting a big ol box fan on top of it? :D

I think the Fan & A/V Risers would make a good combo! \:D/
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Post Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:46 am

Re: Stacking amps

What about just putting a big ol box fan on top of it?
...Better yet, how about a small 5000 BTU air conditioner??? :-s ... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:51 am

Re: Stacking amps

I got lucky with risers myself. My Dad works for Eli Lilly and he got me a bunch of rubber stoppers they use in their big beakers/test tubes. They are about 3/8 of an inch in diameter at the top and about 1 inch at the bottom and about 1-2 inches in height.

I use them under all my gear to get good airflow through it, even thought I dont have an enclosed entertaiment center.
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Post Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:24 pm

Re: Stacking amps

TNRabbit wrote:
OconeeOrange wrote:
Don wrote:M500T on the forum sells some really nice looking ones. http://avrisers.com/default.aspx



Hey you beat me to the punch.
I have a pair on order.

Also, Parasound sells a fan that I have considered - http://www.parasound.com/ParasoundZ/zbreeze.php

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Read that ad carefully, OO--it says it is not to exhaust but to move air WITHIN the rack......wtf?!?



It looks like this product only sucks the air out of the component it’s sitting on top of (assuming there are vent holes on the top cover) and blows the hot air out the top of the product, if it’s being used in a stacking situation this will only heat the component it’s sitting under. I would not use this product to address heating in a stacking situation risers would be a much better solution.
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