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How much clearance does a stereo receiver need?

by bikeboat / May 23, 2010 2:53 PM PDT

I have an alcove in my living room with shelves where my stereo components are kept but the space between shelves is only 5.2 inches tall. The new receiver I want to buy is 5.9 inches (a standard 100watt model but highly rated) If I take the little feet/pads off the bottom of the receiver it will fit. But I'm wondering if it would be too tight or enclosed or may overheat or something? (both the front and back of the shelf is open)
Thanks for any help.

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That's probably too tight.
by minimalist / May 23, 2010 3:10 PM PDT

You need at least an inch (preferably more) of airspace. Even with that you could get significant heat buildup (I actually drilled a grid of holes in the back of my entertainment center to help ventilate it more and the receiver still gets toasty.

I'd look for a slimmer line receiver or think of a way to get your components into a different piece of furniture.

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by WildClay / May 24, 2010 1:56 AM PDT

That is very tight, your manual will actually tell you what the maker thinks is the minimum.

What is of more concern is taking the feet off to make it fit, if there are grills/holes in the bottom then this is no good, if when put in place teh opening in the grill on top is pressed nearly to the shelf above that is not good either.

Even at moderate volumes a receiver will generate a lot of heat in a hurry if it can't freely vent. You also need to look at the sides and make sure you have at least an inch on each side.

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