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I'm going to start a new enclosure idea soon and I wanted to mount my amps underneath plexiglass in a box basically about 1/4" fiberboard. I wanted to know, if I have them mounted like that with about 3" clearance above, should I have any problems with them shutting down because of excessive heat? The amps are a JL 500/1 and the other is a Kenwood Kac-829(600 watts max/300 RMS 2 channel amp)
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If its in sealed plexiglass..very much so..it will be hot as hell..buy some fans
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You can also buy amps with fans built in. My memphis has a "computer like" cooling fan.
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What ever you do, you don't want them sealed in a box. They have to have air circulation to stay cool. Since heat naturally rises if you block it with a "ceiling" you've got to force the heat out another direction. I would definitely consider putting a fan in the design to keep the air moving. Even an amp with fans built-in probably will need some extra ventilation to actually move air throught the "chamber" they'll be mounted in...
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better drill some holes into the plexiglass.
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better drill some holes into the plexiglass.
That would help as well. But if you don't have the right bit, have never drilled plexi before and don't have a way of polishing the holes I wouldn't recommend trying it. It's very, very easy to crack or chip the material and IMHO, an unfinished edge (i.e. not smoothed and polished) looks terrible...
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