Weekend Roundtable: Show Us Your Rack

I thought it might be fun to play a little Show & Tell in this week’s Roundtable. We’ll give you a peek at the gear in our home theater equipment racks if you tell us about yours too.

I specifically asked our contributors to send me photos and descriptions of the components on their equipment shelves: Blu-ray players, A/V receivers, cable boxes, videogame consoles, etc. I did not require photos of speakers, HDTVs, projectors, or miscellaneous theater items, though some may have chosen to provide those as well.

Mike Attebery

This feels more like a confession than a peek at my equipment rack. We’re going to be doing some renovations on our condo this fall, so I’m considering putting everything in a secured cabinet after windows are replaced if anyone has any suggestions. In the meantime, this is my semi-baby-proofed setup:

  • Demon turntable
  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • X-Box 360 with HD DVD drive
  • LG Blu-ray player
  • Satellite Radio
  • OPPO BDP-93 with region hack
  • Phillips surround receiver (Ancient… We live in a condo with thin walls)
  • Panasonic VCR
  • Sony CD changer
  • Philips CD burner
  • RCA DVD Recorder
  • Viewsonic Pro8200 projector
  • Pulldown screen

Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)

  • Display: 60″ Pioneer Kuro Elite PRO151FD plasma
  • Receiver: Harman Kardon AVR-247
  • Game Consoles: PlayStation 3 (my primary Blu-ray player); Wii; Wii U
  • Media Players: Sherwood BDP-5004 (for Region B Blu-ray discs); Toshiba HD-A30 (HD DVD)
  • Cable Box/DVR: Motorola DCH6416 (gross)
  • Speakers: Axiom Millenia M60ti floorstanding mains; Axiom VP100 center; Axiom QS8 surrounds; Axiom EP350 subwoofer. (I still haven’t worked out permanent surround placement, so I schlep my rear speakers back and forth to stands on either side of my couch.)
  • Miscellaneous: ‘Skylanders Giants’ portal (Ssshhh! Don’t tell anyone!); as-yet-unwatched Blu-ray discs

I’m getting the upgrade bug again, so that display and receiver aren’t long for this world. I have a separate setup of older gear upstairs, and that’s where I keep my Xbox 360 and other assorted game consoles, my Panasonic TH-50PX50U plasma, HK AVR-330 receiver, and on and on and on.

Shannon Nutt

Top shelf, from left to right:

  • Samsung 3D Blu-ray player/receiver (part of the Samsung HT-E6500W 5.1 Home Theater System)
  • The center channel for my home theater setup with my Roku 2 XS sitting on top of it
  • My Xbox 360 with controller.

Bottom shelf, from left to right:

  • Box containing 3D glasses for my VIZIO M3D470KD
  • The Motorola HD-DVR for my Comcast cable

Tom Landy

I wanted a nice, compact home theater stand and this is the one I went with. It has three glass shelves (although I’m only using two due to the size of some of my components) for equipment. Above, though not pictured, is my 50″ Panasonic Plasma TV. The first shelf has my Panasonic 3D Blu-ray player and remotes. Underneath that is my Bell satellite receiver box, and then the big ones at the bottom are my Pioneer AV/Receiver and CD player. Yes, my CD player holds 301 discs. Sure, it’s kind of obsolete these days since the Pioneer receiver has AirPlay built-in, but it still works great.

M. Enois Duarte

This is an older pic from last year, but there haven’t been any major changes since. The components are as follows:

  • OPPO DBP-93 3D Blu-ray player [Region-Free hacked]
  • Sony PlayStation 3 Slim 120GB Blu-ray player
  • Marantz SR6006 7.2 A/V receiver
  • Velodyne SMS-1 DSP System
  • Panamax M4300-PM power conditioner/surge protector
  • Intel Core i3-2100 @ 3.10GHz HTPC
  • Logitech Harmony One Universal Remote

Josh Zyber

Shelf 1:

  • 3D emitter for Sharp XV-Z30000 projector
  • Comcast X1 DVR
  • Lumagen Radiance XS-3D Video Processor
  • OPPO BDP-93 Blu-ray Player (region-hacked)
  • Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player
  • Denon AVR-3808CI A/V Receiver
  • Pioneer XLD-X9 Laserdisc Player

Shelf 2:

  • Sony PlayStation 3
  • Microsoft Xbox
  • Nintendo Entertainment System

What home theater gear graces your home theater shelves? Tell us in the Comments. If you’d like to show us pictures, I recommend uploading them to a hosting site like ImageShack or Photobucket and linking to that.


  1. Shawn

    You can’t see much in the rack. It’s move of a general room picture but the list is as follows:

    Panasonic Bluray :DMP-BDT230
    Panasonic Plasma TV:TC-P60ST60
    Denon AVR 3313CI
    Toshiba HD DVD Player, it’s still hanging in there!
    Sony PS3 1st gen
    Speakers are all Paradigm:
    Mains: Reference Active 20s (one is acting up, they are currently being replaced with Monitor 7s)
    Centre: CC450
    Surrounds: ADP something or other (can’t remember the number and I’m not puling them off the wall to find out).
    Sub: Servo 15- awesome sub. When it dies I’m taking a day off work and you’re all invited to the funeral. I’ll be burying it in the backyard.

    Picture is here:

  2. Marcus

    Main Room:
    Samsung PN58C8000 plasma
    Marantz SR6006 AVR
    Polk Audio RTiA9’s, CSiA6
    SpeakerCraft AIMWIDE 3
    SVS PB12-NSD
    Toshiba HD-A30, Samsung BD-P2550
    Xbox360 Elite 120GB, PS3 Slim 320GB
    SA 8240HDC (Cox Cable HD), WDTV Live! SMP
    Harmony One remote, Belkin PureAV PF60 power conditioner

    Sharp LC-46D82U LCD
    Harman Kardon AVR247 AVR
    Athena AS-F1’s, AS-C1, AS-B1’s
    JBL E250
    Toshiba HD-A3, LG BD390
    WDTV Live!
    Harmony 550 remote, Belkin PureAV PF40 power conditioner

    Samsung HL-S6187W DLP
    STR-V333ES AVR
    JBL ND-310II, N-Center, N-24II
    JBL PB12
    Toshiba HD-A1
    Xbox, Dreamcast, Playstation, 3DO, Sega Genesis, NES
    Harmony 676 remote, Belkin PureAV battery backup

    24″ Sony Playstation 3D display
    Dell XPS 8300 (Core i7 2600 3.4Ghz, 12GB DDR3, 128GB SSD + 1TB, Radeon HD 6670 1GB, BD-R
    Logitech Z-2300 (gaming/movies)
    Harman Kardon AVR325 + Athena AS-B2’s (music)
    Astro A50

    And yes, I actually use ALL of these systems. LOL!

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