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Hi all

 

I have now completed my Hifi build (for the moment) but one thing that bugs me is the cable management at the rear of my rack (open back) 

Has anyone got any really good suggestions on cable management, I am running short leads to short component reach etc and long to longer reach but curious if anyone could share insights. 

 

Thanks in advance.

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Did you say CAT 5 or 5 cats........

I strongly suggest that you connect them up and don't look there again, it is what most of us do.

I started to tidy them up

Keep signal cables well away from power ones, if they do need to be close to each other have them crossing at opposite lines of direction.

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11 minutes ago, muon* said:

Keep signal cables well away from power ones, if they do need to be close to each other have them crossing at opposite lines of direction.

 

Otherwise known as "crossing at right angles", Ian?  :lol:

 

Andy

 

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1 minute ago, andyr said:

 

Otherwise known as "crossing at right angles", Ian?  :lol:

 

Andy

 

That was my wording at first, but I changed it 😆

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4 minutes ago, muon* said:

That was my wording at first, but I changed it 😆

 

First impressions are generally the correct ones, Ian.  :)

 

Andy

 

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If one is into cable management, look to implement cable ties for neatness, run cables down backsides of legs aiming to keep them non visible as much as possible.  Label the ties at the powerpoint end.  Have as short as possible runs of interconnects and other cables, but not so short they stress the connectors or make it difficult to adjust components. Cable risers are another option for speaker cables.

 

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The velcro ties work very well, and better than cable ties IMO because much easier to change it up, which you will inevitably do.

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5 hours ago, BWJA said:

Hi all

 

I have now completed my Hifi build (for the moment) but one thing that bugs me is the cable management at the rear of my rack (open back) 

Has anyone got any really good suggestions on cable management, I am running short leads to short component reach etc and long to longer reach but curious if anyone could share insights. 

 

Thanks in advance.

 

I strongly suggest that you connect them up and don't look there again, it is what most of us do.

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I generally plug everything in, never look at them again and let my two cats do the rest………..works a treat until it doesn’t………..

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@BWJA

 

Can we have a pic to see how visible the cabling is?

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I started to tidy them up :)

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Did you say CAT 5 or 5 cats........

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Thats known as a Catastrophe :)

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16 hours ago, Timster said:

The velcro ties work very well, and better than cable ties IMO because much easier to change it up, which you will inevitably do.

 

Don't use cable ties, use velcro.

Best way to buy velcro ties is in a roll rather than individual ones.

The roll has hooks one side and loops the other.
I bought a roll of this stuff years ago and it is so handy, just cut to any length you require and wrap around cables at intervals.

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Just remember that running cables parallel and close together is asking for them to interact.:)

 

Leave the mess. Hide it if you wish.

 

My shelves are close enough together that the cables are hardly visible at all, and so close to the wall that the cat doesn't go there except to have look and say, "Nope".

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3 hours ago, BWJA said:

Thats known as a Catastrophe :)

Oh no - did I just start off a run of “Dad jokes…????…..”

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4 hours ago, BWJA said:

I started to tidy them up :)

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Good God man - compared to my set up, it looks like you have had Marie Kondo come through.......

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7 hours ago, BWJA said:

Thats known as a Catastrophe :)

It's better to aim for purrrrfection. 

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Just now, audiofeline said:

It's better to aim for purrrrfection. 

Yep, Dad jokes it is!!!😁🤡

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On 01/05/2021 at 5:13 PM, Pigpen said:

Good God man - compared to my set up, it looks like you have had Marie Kondo come through.......

Haha clean and forget them is my mantra from now on.

On 01/05/2021 at 8:22 PM, audiofeline said:

It's better to aim for purrrrfection. 

Its getting worse we should stop :)

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On 01/05/2021 at 12:23 PM, Pigpen said:

Did you say CAT 5 or 5 cats........

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Kitty litter...

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I use these to support my speaker cabling; made using Whites Anti-Resonance pads and other bits from Bunnings. Keeps the cables well up off the carpet; the pink/ red rubber things are Tube Rings.

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I watched a video on You Tube by Andrew Robinson and what he does is cut a board to the same size of the back of the cabinet and paints it the same colour as the wall so it just slips between the cables and the rack. I actually took a screen shot of it at the time as reference in case I change my set up sometime in the future. 

Screen shot attached of what Andrew does 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Neat idea.

 

My equipment's in front of a bookcase though... I guess art lessons would be in order then

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45 minutes ago, April Snow said:

I watched a video on You Tube by Andrew Robinson and what he does is cut a board to the same size of the back of the cabinet and paints it the same colour as the wall so it just slips between the cables and the rack. I actually took a screen shot of it at the time as reference in case I change my set up sometime in the future. 

Screen shot attached of what Andrew does 🙂

 

 

 

 

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That's a nice trick

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3 hours ago, April Snow said:

I watched a video on You Tube by Andrew Robinson and what he does is cut a board to the same size of the back of the cabinet and paints it the same colour as the wall so it just slips between the cables and the rack. I actually took a screen shot of it at the time as reference in case I change my set up sometime in the future. 

Screen shot attached of what Andrew does 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Great idea thanks for sharing 

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On 03/05/2021 at 8:19 AM, Eggcup the Dafter said:

My equipment's in front of a bookcase though... I guess art lessons would be in order then

Paint the books with a roller then.

 

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Putting a extra power point on the left side can help power separation..👍

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Hmmm...  dusty snakepit and obligatory ugg clad foot.

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It would be advisable to introduce this snake-pit to your vacuum cleaner's chrome-steel wand  🙂

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2 hours ago, warweary said:

Hmmm...  dusty snakepit and obligatory ugg clad foot.

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I see you have an amphibian Ugg boot - open toad........I still got it.......

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A thick layer of dust will act like a blanket and what is under it will heat up more, and also dust can be conductive.

 

Get rid of that dust, please.

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I would be scared of the dust sitting on the power board in case if fire - would really make me more parnoid than I am already 😉

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14 minutes ago, April Snow said:

I would be scared of the dust sitting on the power board in case if fire - would really make me more paranoid than I am already 😉

 

Just bcoz you're paranoid, April, doesn't mean there aren't people out there trying to get you!  :lol:

 

Andy

 

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54 minutes ago, April Snow said:

I would be scared of the dust sitting on the power board in case if fire - would really make me more parnoid than I am already 😉

Dust entering your place would be like matter coming in contact with antimatter, wouldn't last long :)

 

Edit: dust is one of the enemies of electronics so kudos to you for being as tidy as you are :thumb:

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23 minutes ago, andyr said:

 

Just bcoz you're paranoid, April, doesn't mean there aren't people out there trying to get you!  :lol:

 

Andy

 

That's not helping, Andy 😁

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Can get a bit messy but running balanced throughout helps. When I get to the pre-amp to amplifiers & speaker cables tho’ it stops me from accidentally treading on them if they are elevated. 

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13 hours ago, frankn said:

Can get a bit messy but running balanced throughout helps. When I get to the pre-amp to amplifiers & speaker cables tho’ it stops me from accidentally treading on them if they are elevated. 

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Bunnings for the cable supports?

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