Learning About Equipment Racks
Equipment racks are frame structures designed to mount or secure pro audio and video equipment such as recording or DJ gear. Depending on the product, you can also use these racks for equipment like servers, uninterrupted power supply (UPS) systems, and router switches. The racks provide easy equipment organization and cable management, too. There are two broad types of racks systems: open-frame racks and rack enclosures (or rack cabinets).
Types of Equipment Racks
Wall-mounted racks come with rack rails and mount hardware that allows you to attach them to walls. They're appropriate for small spaces and offer easy access to your audio equipment. Enclosed wall-mounted models provide a versatile solution for the security of important items like DJ equipment, computer audio gear, speakers, and other related hardware.
Consoles are four-post rack enclosures with rack doors. Besides the enhanced security of your gear, consoles offer a broader range of mounting options, as the side rack panels of most models are removable.
Skeleton or gangable racks feature an open-frame design that allows for vertical rack mounting of your equipment. Thanks to the open design, they allow easy accessibility and proper ventilation of your gear.
Tabletop or desktop racks have sturdy legs to hold your audio supplies, while keeping the surface of the tabletop in good condition.
How to Choose an Equipment Rack
All rack furniture has a weight limit. Ensure that the load capacity of your pro audio and video equipment rack is greater than the total weight of all your gear. Rack systems are available in a range of units, from 1 to 54-rack units. If you need to maintain your gear and equipment at specific temperatures, consider shopping for rack enclosures with controlled thermal management systems such as rack fans. Also, consider features such as casters, patch rack panels, shelves, and custom installations for flexible space organization.
Whether you're looking for server console racks, studio rack furniture, or a system for your complete pro audio and video setup, you can browse B&H Photo and Video's wide assortment of options to find the right one for your needs.