Solutions To Control AV Devices Behind Closed Cabinet Doors

Control A/V Devices Behind Closed Cabinet Doors

Many homes have great-looking cabinetry that is ideal for holding home audio and video gear. Unfortunately, once the equipment is installed, the only way to operate it is by opening the cabinet doors so the remote control signals can get to the equipment. While this is fine during the watching of the movie, what ultimately happens is that the doors are left open all the time. Some people feel that leaving cabinet doors open and showing their AV equipment doesn't mix well with the surrounding décor of the room.

There was a time where the quality of an audio or video device was mainly determined by the cabinetry. Cabinets made of real walnut, cherry, and other hardwoods made it more a piece of furniture. Stereo components today have aluminum and plastic coverings, which stick out in a well-decorated home.

There are several ways to get around this problem depending on how many A/V devices are contained within the cabinet, broken down into two categories: Hardwired IR Distribution and Wireless IR Transmission.

Hardwired IR Distribution

Control up to 8 A/V devices secured in closed cabinets or closets up to 65 feet away using your existing IR remote control. The Hidden IR contains all the parts and pieces to catch IR signals and pass them through to your A/V equipment behind closed cabinet or closet doors.

The Hidden IR system starts with an IR sensor mounted on the outside of the cabinet, which connects to the Hidden IR control box inside your cabinet or closet. This sensor receives your IR commands from your existing remotes.

Hardwired IR Distribution Diagram

All the connections are made at the Hidden IR control box, which takes the signals from the IR sensor and routes them to the IR emitters, which stick to the IR windows of your A/V devices.

Additional hardwired IR distribution options are also available. Click here to select the option that works best for your system.

Wireless IR Transmission

Another way to control fewer devices behind closed cabinet doors is with the IR Remote Control Extender Kit. This product adds the convenience of wireless operation between rooms. A transmitter module attaches to a remote control and sends an RF signal up to 150 feet to a receiver station. At the receiver station, three IR "blast" emitters will repeat the IR light to the equipment. There is also a jack to plug in a stick-on IR emitter. Use a Single-Headed Emitter or a Double-Headed Emitter to control one or two AV devices. When stick-on emitters are used, the three blast emitters on the receiver are disabled.

Hardwired IR Distribution Diagram

Now that you found a solution for controlling your AV devices in a cabinet and are loading up the cabinet with amps, CD players, and other audio gear, you may find that another problem. The heat from the equipment could cause components to stop working. Since the A/V equipment is now enclosed in a cabinet, steps need to be taken to deal with overheating components.