TLDR version: any thoughts or suggestions on large av cabinets that would hide large pieces of gear (e.g. BHK 300s, a P15) and still provide adequate ventilation? Looking to spend <US$4k.
So, the good news first—my lady approved me pulling the trigger on an upgrade from my BHK 250 to the 300s, which will also bring in a P15 to replace my existing P12.
Typically, I just go the “forgiveness is easier than permission” route. However, we’re headed to RMAF next weekend, and she made a comment something to the effect of “I just want it to be done; so what’s that gonna take?” (referring to the fact that every month or so, there is some new piece of equipment sitting in the listening area, which also doubles as our HT room). My response was the 300s, a new TT to replace my Rega P6, and a new equipment rack/cabinet (because my OCD is killing me with my current setup—components all over the front and side walls, long cable runs, etc). She said “ok, Just do it and be done” and mentally I patted her softly on the head— “oh you poor naive girl.”
She is insisting that any new rack/cabinet I buy completely hide all of the equipment (other than the turntable), including the 300s and the p15. I’m having a devil of a time finding anything that does the trick and still provides necessary ventilation. Traditional av racks and open wood racks (like timber nation) are non-starters for her. The Salamander Designs stuff is the closest thing I’ve found but the online reviews are sort of a mixed bag and, frankly, their stuff seems a bit overpriced for the quality.
Am I chasing a unicorn here or are options out there that I am just missing?
If it helps, the cabinet would also need to hold my Pre, DAC, phono stage and power supply, av receiver, DVD player, small center channel and Mac mini). So, by my estimates, I would need something at least 60” W x 18” D and not higher than 40”.
Many thanks in advance,