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Vintage home theater

Deveraux
03-28-2008, 02:34 AM
Hey All-
I have an old stereo console that I'm going to "modernize". Initially I was going to rip out the guts and install a MP3 player, but why stop there? I've decided to make it a home theater console.

http://aycu25.webshots.com/image/47424/2004366830781234976_rs.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2004366830781234976)

After ripping out the guts, I'll install the subwoofer behind the bottom middle face panel and put in new speakers where the old ones are currently. These new speakers (two mids, two tweeters), will serve as the center channel. My right, left and surround speakers will be separate.
The two face panels above the subwoofer will contain the Blu-ray disk player, cable box and receiver. In addition I will also install an IR booster so that I can leave the doors (panels) shut...
http://www.smarthome.com/8225p.html
I will probably simply set a 32" LCD on top of the unit.

Although I feel I can do the physical work of refinishing and upgrading this little gem, I'm researching which components to put in it (best speakers, etc...). Any suggestions you guys have are quite welcome. I will update this post periodically.

Loves2Watch
03-28-2008, 08:14 AM
If you are going to install the cable box as well as a Blu-ray player inside and want to keep it closed, you had better put in some ventilation fans to reduce the large amounts of heat generated by the equipment. Otherwise it looks great and is an innovative idea that should work just fine. Happy playing...

Deveraux
03-28-2008, 11:13 AM
If you are going to install the cable box as well as a Blu-ray player inside and want to keep it closed, you had better put in some ventilation fans to reduce the large amounts of heat generated by the equipment. Otherwise it looks great and is an innovative idea that should work just fine. Happy playing...

Actually I thought if the back was completely open, that would be enough... No?

rbinck
03-28-2008, 11:37 AM
Actually I thought if the back was completely open, that would be enough... No?It may be, but if not you could always add a quiet computer case fan and power it with a 12vdc adapter.

edders
03-28-2008, 12:03 PM
I think the design of your vintage stereo is interesting, who made it?

Deveraux
03-28-2008, 01:09 PM
I think the design of your vintage stereo is interesting, who made it?

It was made by sears back in the day. Presently it has a phonograph, tuner. and tube amp.

scootski
03-28-2008, 01:25 PM
Actually I thought if the back was completely open, that would be enough... No?

Not really, if i were you...

I'd cut some large square holes in the bottom of the console
cabinet... then put some 'hardware cloth' type screening along
the bottom.... so air can enter from the bottom..... then heat-up
and rise out the back.....
(You don't have to worry about being neat on the square hole
cutting.... no one will be able to see it).

Your goal should be air-current flow.... therefore you need a
Intake (bottom) and a Outflow (the open rear).

IF you did that, you would not need a fan is my guess.

During your trial runs with the system and heating....
stick a real room thermometer in there....

After taking the readings: Check your Owner's Manuals as
to the SPECIFIED OPERATING TEMPS for you equipments.
That info should be found on the SPEICIFICATION PAGE
of the Owner's Manual.

IF it is still too hot.... then go to a muffan fan to help
EXHAUST the heat.

But having a open bottom will allow the air to flow naturally
(hot air rises).

- - -

ps - I used to collect and refurbish old conolse radios...antique
radios.... did it for 9 years. Had all the test equipement and
tube-checkers yadda yadda.....

Most old consoles had LAQUER (sp?) finishes....
NOT varnish or Varithane......

Final comment:
Check all the GLUED AREAS of that cabinet... the wood
shrinks over the years and seperates the gluing.
IF NEEDED... cut some little wooden strips and GLUE
them in the bottom to re-enforce the old glued joints/areas.
It WILL strengthen the cabinet and will not be seen to others.
It will beef-it-up... so when you add all the equipment...
it won't wind-up on the floor. hahahah.... :hithere:

Scottnot
03-28-2008, 01:34 PM
Actually I thought if the back was completely open, that would be enough... No?
I agree with you.

Just as long as you leave sufficient room at the bottom, top, and sides of the equipment per the manufacturer's recommendations.

After all, "air flow" flows in where it's cooler (at the bottom) and out where it's warmer (at the top).
Most equipment is expected to be placed on some sort of equipment shelf or rack, often with a closed back and open front.
So what's the difference if your cabinet has a closed front and open back? None, I think.

so cheaply
02-20-2009, 01:12 PM
Using an old console - what a cool idea. I know an auctioneer who can't get rid of those things. Hmmmm. Sounds like a business idea. Any investors out there?
I also like your realization of the truth that a "center channel" speaker is nothing more than ... a speaker. So many people have bought into the marketing hype and price hikes of the center channel myth. In fact, you could combine the cash you're thinking of spending on the four speakers (two mids, two tweeters, a crossover) and install just one [gasp!] really succulent full-range speaker instead.
Heresy, I know.

ellmonte86
03-14-2009, 04:27 PM
Where is the auctioneer located? How can I contact him?