As much as you enjoy the entertainment provided by audio/visual components such as your satellite box and DVD player, you might not want them out in plain view. These rectangular black boxes typically don't contribute much to the ambiance of your living room. Hiding your satellite set-top box, DVD player and other electronic devices is not only possible but common using a variety of methods, and you'll still be able to use your remote controls.
Hiding components normally means the front panels of the devices are no longer in conspicuous view – but if you can't see the devices, neither can your remote controls. The solution is to use an infrared repeater system. These kits present a small sensor to the remote, which relays the IR signal to small flashers attached to the front of each component. With this workaround, your components stay hidden while you remain in full control.
You may not need to physically touch a satellite box to use it, but occasionally you will need to change DVDs. When planning on how to hide components, consider how convenient it will be to access the gear. Many custom installations place components in a central access room such as a basement or adjacent closet, completely unseen from living spaces. Configurations like this allow you to keep DVD players and other components you may need to access, such as gaming systems, within easy reach. Satellite and cable boxes, A/V receivers, amplifiers and other components rarely need direct interaction and can remain hidden.
Heat and Ventilation
Hiding a DVD player, satellite box and other components often involves housing the equipment in a cabinet or closet. Keeping air circulating around these devices is of critical importance to the longevity and performance of your equipment. Satellite boxes in particular are notorious for generating heat. Some pieces of furniture advertised as "A/V cabinets" offer surprisingly little space for components and small holes for cables to pass through, causing heat to build up. Small computer fans are a good solution for A/V cabinetry and closed-door racks, expelling hot air out and pulling in cool air. You may want to consider a larger ventilation system if your gear is in a larger rack within a closet or access room.
Concealing DVD players, satellite boxes and other electronic components from sight often involves placing them further away from your television. This means that the cables you'll need to connect the gear will be longer than you anticipated. If you are using HDMI cables, the additional length can result in considerably higher installation costs. Additionally, in a home theater setting, you'll have speakers flanking the television and positioned behind you, and you may need to purchase more speaker wire to carry the sound from your receiver to the speakers.
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