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I wanted to cool down my Sony receivers because I read about heat causing many Onkyos to malfunction. I want to find a way that would NOT void the warranty like this mod to a router, which is pretty cool:



All I could think of is an exhaust fan attached with double sided tape
    
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All I could think of is an exhaust fan attached with double sided tape
And that's all you can do without voiding the warranty. Anything involving opening the case or cutting into it will void your warranty.

This is OCN anyways, when have we been worried about warranties.
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And that's all you can do without voiding the warranty. Anything involving opening the case or cutting into it will void your warranty.

This is OCN anyways, when have we been worried about warranties.
Repped.

I just did the fan mod and it works very very well. It just looks VERY VERY ghetto too

Is there anyway I can attach a 3 pin fan into a power outlet? I mean...is there an AC to molex adapter?
    
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I just bought one of these for my Onkyo last night. No joke. It's a cooler made for a laptop.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-161-_-Product

I plan on placing it on top of the receiver and possibly using black duct tape to make it air tight to the top of the receiver if need be. It will pull air through the receiver. I could put it underneath but it will be at an angle unless I prop it up on something. I have a AC usb adapter made for charging phones that will run the fan. It's a 1 amp charger and the fan only pulls 0.21 A so it should work just fine.

There are three similar Thermaltake models with different options on style, LED light control etc. There are also a million other brands. I would rather have 1 big slow turning fan than lots of little ones though. That's why I went with this one.

Antec also makes one specifically for a receiver if you feel like shelling out 80 bucks...


Looks more professional.
    
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+1 for the notebook cooler, just make sure there aren't weight concerns.
    
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I just bought one of these for my Onkyo last night. No joke. It's a cooler made for a laptop.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-161-_-Product

I plan on placing it on top of the receiver and possibly using black duct tape to make it air tight to the top of the receiver if need be. It will pull air through the receiver. I could put it underneath but it will be at an angle unless I prop it up on something. I have a AC usb adapter made for charging phones that will run the fan. It's a 1 amp charger and the fan only pulls 0.21 A so it should work just fine.

There are three similar Thermaltake models with different options on style, LED light control etc. There are also a million other brands. I would rather have 1 big slow turning fan than lots of little ones though. That's why I went with this one.

Antec also makes one specifically for a receiver if you feel like shelling out 80 bucks...

Amazon.com: Antec Low Profile AV Component Cooler for Media PC Home Theater Products: Electronics

Looks more professional.

you know, I was actually thinking about doing the same thing with my laptop cooler! it's too bad that it's too small and looks really unpleasing to the eyes when it's flipped upside down.



That Antec one is WAY too expensive for what a $2 fan can do. Thanks for the USB charger idea. There must be a usb to molex adapter I can use!
    
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+1 for the notebook cooler, just make sure there aren't weight concerns.
That's another reason why I'm going to try it on top first. Push is usually better than pull with a fan in any circumstance but I think pulling from above will do just fine in this case. Some active airflow, no matter how little, is lots better than simple passive convection.

Once my warranty is void I look forward to opening this baby up and plastering the inside with all my spare graphics card RAM heat sinks and VRM coolers I've collected over the years.

I'm simply amazed that there aren't a few simple heat pipes inside modern receivers. It's not like it would drive the cost up that much...
    
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There must be a usb to molex adapter I can use!
Just remember that USB is 5 volts and not 12. You might cook a laptop cooler designed for 5 volts if you go with 12.
    
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Originally Posted by listen to remix View Post
Repped.

I just did the fan mod and it works very very well. It just looks VERY VERY ghetto too

Is there anyway I can attach a 3 pin fan into a power outlet? I mean...is there an AC to molex adapter?
They actually make AC fans designed for cabinet PCs (like hidden PCs in drawers or wooden boxes). Wire em up and you're all set!
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