***UPDATED several posts down with new photos, left hand door now also plexiglass, hung guitar in cabinet, a few more details***
Well, I have been working on this set up for about a year since we moved into our new house. I have finally finished, short some trim nail paint, the entire thing. Some of these are original systems to me, some are ones I always wanted as a kid and simply never got a chance to have.
Of course, within two days of me "finishing" the cabinet, my Onkyo receiver crapped out. There goes the use of my 7.1 via the Polk speakers I just bought. But that's Murphy's Law I suppose. But it did all work and it still looks like it works (LOL) so I want to show it off.
Here is an exterior shot of the cabinet.The door on the right is 3/8 inch plexiglass (I have kids so real glass was out of the question and this stuff, while not EASY to work with, is far easier to work with than glass--you can cut it CAREFULLY with a circular saw. You can also see a small latch at the top, out of the reach of little hands). The cut-in on the left-hand door allows my cable box to be accessible to my remote, while also allowing me to run controller cords out of the cabinet, to play with the doors closed. That left door is sagging a bit but I have plans for it anyway (more plexiglass!).
Lit up. I have an LED light strip hidden up top in a "U" formation that covers the front, left hand side, and back of the cabinet.
Shot with the doors open. I think you can see the cable box side-mounted to the AV Rack (painted Edsal shelving cut to fit) and that lines up with the opening in the left hand door. Systems are, from top to bottom, left to right:
Onkyo NR-609 (has analog upconvert over HDMI--well...had it when it was working!)
Korean 8 way A/V switch off of E-bay/PS3/Wii
Gamecube with Gameboy Advance Player/N64
SNES/Generation NEX (NES ripoff that also plays famicom carts)
Sega Genesis/Master System
Side view. I used part of the 4x8 plexiglass sheet to cover the side of the rack, them mounted the box to that.
Close up shot of rack.
I bought some cheapie-bookshelves from Target and cut them to fit (and boy is cutting that melanine stuff a nasty job. Don't inhale the dust. Trust me. It's way worse than wood sawdust!). I ripped backer-pieces for each shelf. So whatever systems' games are supposed to be on that shelf, they are always properly placed RIGHT to the front. This is all installed under the 90 degree turn of stairs coming into a basement, so there is actually space behind the shelf with the logos over it, but there is a sloped "ceiling" (underside of stairs there) that made the top space somewhat hard to use.
So I cut some left over plexiglass, and ordered some videogame decals. Bought some "push" door magnets that you find on cheap entertainment centers, and some piano hinge and made a door.
If you push on the black bar that frames the bottom of the "door", it pops open.
The 8-way A/V switch. This has two composite outs (I don't use the second one but I can someday) and one runs to the Onkyo. Once the Onkyo is on the proper setting, all systems are one button push away.
As my 7800 and TG-16 are sent via RF (I know, I know!) I had to hide a VCR up top to handle the signal; that then runs into the AV switch. As the RFs are daisty chained together, the TG-16 and 7800 thus share one button on the switch. (the white cords are the side and rear channel speaker wires from the receiver going up into the drop ceiling. I plan to clean up that port a bit with trim, but I made it wide deliberately to allow heat to escape).
The power center for all of this. Two power strips. One above handles new stuff (Cable, PS3, Wii, etc), one below handles all the old systems. I had to have a plug put in here anyway as there was none (electrical work is the ONE thing I did not do myself) but now all of this has a dedicated heavy circuit on my electrical board.
Here is a shot of the 60 inch Sony Wega I run these too. The HDMI and speaker wire exit the cabinet through the wall, into my shop, and come back in on the bottom left hand by the door. I put some oversized trim there to create a U-channel to hide all the wires, while still making it easy to mess with them when I have to. (No dedicated CRT set for the oldies, but it is a possibility in the future. I have considered building one INTO the left hand door....either always facing out, or when you open the door the TV could swing out to reveal. But not sure it will work...things are so damn heavy.) My movie shelf runs along the top right, for about 25+ feet.
And a shot showing the relationship of the cabinet, TV, and couch. You sit right there and just...play!
Finally, some shots of the cabinet lit up with the LEDs doing other colors (for a 30$ buy on Amazon, these LED strips were damn impressive to me. Comes with a remote, can flash/pulse if I want to disco disco, and can do many colors).
Well, that's it!
You might note I have LOTS of empty shelving....I am still building my collection so I needed to make sure I had a lot of room for further additions to the game library. However, there are other systems I'd like to get and I am about out of space on the rack. Someday I'd like to have a Turbo-Duo, and that could replace the TG-16 of course. I'd like a Coleco (right now the Coleco decal is on that window because I am from Connecticut, not because I own one!) and so maybe someday I get rid of the SMS and go with a Power Base Converter...though I always thought the SMS looked cool!
I partly regret not mudding and sanding the drywall all the way...but I HATE doing that stuff. Painting it to seal it was enough for me.
And yes, I am a Bills fan....go easy.
Edited by GoldenWheels, Sat May 11, 2013 10:28 AM.