• AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
  • AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
  • AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
  • AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
  • AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
  • AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
  • AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
  • AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets
AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets

AC Infinity AIRPLATE T7, Quiet Cooling Fan System 12" with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets

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  • An ultra-quiet UL-certified fan system designed for cooling cabinets that requires minimal noise.
  • Features an on-board processor that provides a digital read-out of the cabinets temperatures.
  • Programming includes thermostat control, fan speed control, and SMART energy saving mode.
  • Fan and controller contain CNC machined aluminum frames with a modern brushed black finish.
  • Dimensions: 11.7 x 6.1 x 1.3 in. | Airflow: 104 CFM | Noise: 19 dBA | Bearings: Dual Ball

Customer Reviews

Great fans and FANTASTIC customer service!Great fans and FANTASTIC customer service!Like many, I had a heat build-up problem in an enclosed cabinet. Other fans I've tried just didn't cut it. When I saw this family of fans, that had a thermostat....seemed too good to be true at a reasonable price point.The units arrived and look really nice....and are finished well.The templates provided are clever, made of plastic, which allows you to keep them in place easily and even scribe a knife line inside them. Makes the daunting task of cutting a big hole in your cabinet much easier.The thermostat is quite attractive and looks very "high end".It has several settings: Manual, Auto, and Smart. Auto will turn on the fan to the previous setting (high, medium or low) when the temperature threshold is reached. Smart varies the speed of the fan based upon the "need" and how close to set point you are. For example, if you set the temp to 78, and it's 90 in your cabinet, it will run at high until it gets closer to 78, then the speed drops to medium and finally to low until the goal is reached, then it turns off.Very cleverly designed.After installing the fans, and firing up the thermostat, I noticed that the medium and low speed had an annoying "growl". After checking reviews, it turns out that there was a defect in the thermostat and the company is replacing the defective units. I emailed support (Jeremy) he validated that I had a defective unit and shipped a new one. I emailed him April 21st at 1 PM. I had a replacement in hand 2 days later! Amazing customer service.After swapping out the new unit, the medium and low speeds are nearly silent.I'm a happy camper. Have ordered some more for other applications such as a refrigerator in a cabinet and an ice maker. I've told several friends about it who are all ordering.It's great to see a company that builds a great product, and then stands behind it if there is ever a problem.5Didn't hold up as long as I expected.I've owned the product just over 4 years and the controller has failed. After contacting Ac infinity the representative informed me I was out of warranty. Now a 2 year warranty isn't bad for an electronic device but I would expect this thing to last a lot longer than the short 4 years I've owned it. The customer service rep did offer me a promo code for 20% off the purchase of a new one which I thought was a good gesture , however when taking into account their cost of shipping (something like 14 bucks) it negated the savings, in fact it's just cheaper to buy a new one on Amazon and get free shipping, which I will probably do, unhappily.1Looks slick, works great.Really slick little product.I installed this into the A/V cabinet in my RV (2008 Tiffin Phaeton) when I upgraded the receiver/amp and was pretty sure I was going to have some heat issues.I made myself a template out of MDF for the fan unit (using the thin plastic sizing template they include), since I couldn't take the cabinet side off to rough it in by hand on the bench. So I needed to clamp it up, auger out a starter hole, then just rout it out (in a few passes).It runs very quietly, even at full speed (which it doesn't typically need to do, I just turned the preferred temp way down to see what it sounded like)I will say -- my package was missing the little wood screws for the controller unit. I just used the included machine screws/nuts instead, but would have preferred the wood screws for that. Overall, I like the thing too much to knock off a star for that, though. I'm sure if called them they'd have sent them.5Fantastic product, even better customer supportI installed these with relative ease, including a 2 fan expansion for the other cabinetAC Infinity AI-CFD120BA Dual 120 Quiet Cabinet Fan, Black, for 4 fans total. The control unit is simple to operate. So far the performance seems to be good enough but the noise is troublesome. At low and medium, both pair of fans have a bit of a rattle, grinding sound. At high all you hear is the purr of the air (which is still quite loud). I've built PCs before and fans should not sound like this, especially at low speed. I couldn't put the thermal sensor directly over the hottest part of my amp, as it would reflect a higher temp than the ambient air and constantly run on high ("smart mode"), so probe placement is important. My entertainment center is very much enclosed, so I feel like the performance is a bit hindered without an intake. It seems like it has to run a little harder than I expected to keep the temp around 75, even without pushing my amp.I have an Onkyo receiver, XBox, AppleTV, modem, and router in one cabinet (with the probe). A DirecTV box, bluray player, and XBox Kinect in the other.In all, I'm somewhat satisfied, but am left wishing for a quieter system that doesn't have to run as hard. With quieter fans, I'd rate 4.5 stars.*****UPDATE March 2, 2015*****AC Infinity has just shown some of the most incredible customer service I've received in many years. After posting my initial 3 star review on Amazon, I was contacted (within just a couple of days) with information that they had discovered a hardware bug in the thermostat controller that is the cause of the grinding fan noise, and that they have the updated model rolling out of the factory. They immediately shipped me one priority mail, which I installed today when I got back from my vacation. I am pleased to report that the low/medium speed fan noise is resolved and the only noise I now hear is the whir of the moving air. It sounds exactly as I would expect it now.As a bonus, the back-light on the display (which was always on even if the system was idle, and is quite bright) now has a timeout function. Although I didn't note this as an annoyance in my original review, after having it for a while, the bright light at night was a bit distracting. This product improvement is just another example of a company paying attention to what reviewers have to say about their products and making it right.Oh, and Jeremy with AC infinity sent a letter with the replacement apologizing for the inconvenience and also left me a voice mail while I was on vacation asking how the updated unit worked. I think that's pretty incredible in this day and age. Needless to say, I'm updating my review to 5 stars.5Looks and finish A+, temperature probe is not stable and is not reliable, fans are a bit noisyIt definitely helps to lower temperature. It seems it works better extracting air, however it is far from perfect:PROS:The design and finish are excellent, I decided not to externally mount the controller unit but if you do it, it will look nice, is small and not very intrusive.As mentioned, It does help lower the temperature.The fans at lower settings (3 or 4 lines out of 6) are not loud enough to be heard while listening movies at regular volume. A lot of people will complain the fans are not too quiet. I think they are quiet for the price. You will be hard pressed to find a very quiet noctua fan for less than 15 dollars and this combo has 2 fans and costs 59.99, so asking for noctua performance maybe is to ask too much, however ACINfinity states the fan noise at 18dba, the Noctura NF-S12A FLX has a spec of 17.8 dba and the ACINfinity is many times noisier.The other problem with the fans is that they have their internals very exposed, so dust and hair (I have pets) are more likely to damage them in the long run I guess.I have posted 2 pictures 1 with the stock fan the other with a noctua I bought to replace it, you can see the noctua is much better sealed... but it costs 19.99 in amazonCONS:1. The biggest problem is that the temperature PROBE is NOT good. Is unstable and it consistently differs from my locally mounted A/C thermostat by 3 to 4 degrees. The biggest problem is that it tends to read lower than my thermostat at lower temps and higher than my thermostat at higher temps.2. The programming of the thermostat in AUTO mode could be better. The speed at which the fan rotates can be set by the user but the control unit does not increases/decreases the speed based on temp. It just waits until it reaches the threshold and turns on the fans until the temp drops to 2 or 4 degrees below the threshold, which works but if they used variable speeds they could lower the RPM of the fans and make then quieter.3Most professionally packaged electronic equipment kit I've ever seenThis has got to be one of the nicest pieces of electronic equipment I've ever purchased, especially for the reasonable price. It comes VERY professionally packaged in a foam padded box, complete will all of the individual screws and such neatly packaged in individual zip top bags. Comes with nice plastic templates for marking the holes to cut for fans and controller. Very impressed with the quality.And the controller running on SMART mode is great. When my whole house sound system is off and the only heat being generated in the enclosure is from an ethernet switch, the fans are either off or spinning at a slow speed that's inaudible in my setup. As I turn on sound system amp zones and start generating more heat the fans speed up to maintain a safe operating temp in the cabinet.The pic shows where I mounted the control pad in the door of my rack enclosure. I mounted the plate fans to exhaust air out of the cabinet that the rack sits in (plate fan not visible in pic). And I bought two additional fans that I mounted on top of the rack enclosure to blow air directly onto the top of the main amplifier. So my controller is controlling two circulation fans and two exhaust fans.The equipment is VERY nice... I hope it last a long time too.5Does exactly what I neededThis product does everything I want and more. I've got a chest freezer that I've put into a shed outside. I needed some way to vent the heat out. I didn't want to simply rely on convection, so I purchased this, installed the fans at the top of the shed, got a blank grill that I installed into the bottom of the shed. Now, bear in mind this is in southern Arizona and the ambient temps outside have been triple digits. This setup keeps the shed from going above 95 inside of it (the freezer is rated to 110 degrees) which is right at what I was looking for. I have it programmed to come on at 85 (that is also the cut off temp). Works perfectly and I actually have to put a hand in front of the fan unit to be able to tell if the fans are running (the control unit has an indicator, but, the fans emit no sound at all). I was concerned that I might have to get another fan unit to pull air in (the control can take multiple fan units), but, this double fan setup keeps the shed temperature well within the design specs of the freezer. Quality construction and components, they even give you the templates (plastic no less), for both the fans and the control unit to make the cutouts.5Effective and well made, but too noticeable for me at anything over LOW fan speed.Effective and well made, but too noticeable for me at anything over LOW fan speed.I have a Denon AVR S900W installed in an open-front console. It would get 120F+ under casual operation, there simply wasn't enough ventilation, and the AVR lacks any active cooling (fan). Unfortunately it also lacks a switched AC jack like the good 'ole days, and even the USB port on the front doesn't have switched power for some reason. So I needed an active cooling solution that could intelligently turn itself on and off somehow and found this thermal based unit.Install was fairly easy with the included templates and well made metal chassis. However, I found the mounting screw holes located too close to the cut-out edges. It didn't prevent me from installing, but made it slightly more challenging.I started with SMART mode as that seems the most ideal from a cooling perspective. But I struggled for over a week trying to find the right temp sensor location (ideally right on top of the AVR since that's the target I'm trying to cool) and temp threshold that would provide the best cooling with the least amount of noise annoyance to me. I never was successful as it's audibly obvious whenever the unit cycles from off, to low, or from low to medium, and any other speed change. And it had no buffer between speed cycles, it would throttle up to the speed, stay there for a couple seconds, throttle back down for 5 seconds, throttle back up, and keep cycling like that constantly which was audibly annoying to listen to. Additionally, anything speed other than LOW was simply too audible for me, likely due to my open front console, perhaps if I had a fully enclosed consoles / cabinet I wouldn't notice the noise? But mostly it was the constant changing in speed that caused it to be noticeable.Anyway, I've ended up setting it to AUTO with a temp threshold of 90F and the speed fixed to LOW speed. So, now I turn on the AVR, the fans come on pretty quickly, and stay on low the entire time, and eventually turn off after the AVR is shut off for a while. The AVR isn't a cool as when the fans are allowed to run on med / high, but it still remains cool. And I don't even notice the fan noise any longer.Conclusion: mission accomplished. I just wish it was quieter at higher speeds.3Exactly what I neededI bought this to install in my coat closet that I turned into a small network closet. I needed to blow out the hot air sitting above the door frame created by my network switch. I reversed the fans on the plate, cut the drywall, drilled a stud, popped the power wire down the waterfall plate and mounted the fan. I installed a vent plate on the other side of the wall that allowed the hot air to be pushed out by this dual fan. It works very well and I have not had a problem with the controller either. I have mine set to 81 and the fans don't kick on past the low setting very often when the weather isn't too hot. I would say it's not noisy compared to the switch I have running in the closet right now. I can't tell when it turns on, that's a good thing.5Thermal control is shakyFirst off, this is not a bad product. It feels very substantial and well made. It's not silent, but it's very quiet at low speed. I also really like the expansion options-- we decided to add on a little extra cooling directly on our A/V receiver, which has no built in active cooling. Since you can buy just the bare fans, it was considerably cheaper and controlling it with the smart controller was simply a matter of plugging it in. Great!Unfortunately, it's not perfect. The price is a bit high for what you get, but like I said it feels like a well made, quality product. No real problem there. The problem is with the "smart" control-- namely that it's actually quite dumb. The idea is that it adjusts the fan speed higher as the temperature climbs, but the problem is that if your system can't find a place where it perfectly matches the heat output of your system it will oscillate REALLY annoyingly. What I mean is that it will turn on for a few seconds when it gets too close to the set temp then turn off. Then a few seconds later, it comes in again, then off, on, off, on, off, etc. Like I said, the fans are quiet, but they're not silent. The constant cycling makes it REALLY noticeable and is a huge downer. It wouldn't be hard to fix it, either. Simply making the algorithm a tiny bit smarter would help a lot-- for example making the system come on for a minimum time of five minutes or so would slow down the cycling. Or make it start cooling a few degrees higher, but don't stop at the same temp-- cooling a few degrees lower. These are all things you'll find in very simple home heating/cooling solutions, so they aren't new. I just wish that for such a nice product they'd done their homework a little better and made the "smart" system just a bit smarter. It also doesn't help that the thermostat is off by somewhere between 5-10 F. It's consistently off by the same amount though, so that part isn't a huge deal. A temperature calibration option would be nice, though.3
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Description
  • An ultra-quiet UL-certified fan system designed for cooling cabinets that requires minimal noise.
  • Features an on-board processor that provides a digital read-out of the cabinets temperatures.
  • Programming includes thermostat control, fan speed control, and SMART energy saving mode.
  • Fan and controller contain CNC machined aluminum frames with a modern brushed black finish.
  • Dimensions: 11.7 x 6.1 x 1.3 in. | Airflow: 104 CFM | Noise: 19 dBA | Bearings: Dual Ball
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Great fans and FANTASTIC customer service!Great fans and FANTASTIC customer service!Like many, I had a heat build-up problem in an enclosed cabinet. Other fans I've tried just didn't cut it. When I saw this family of fans, that had a thermostat....seemed too good to be true at a reasonable price point.The units arrived and look really nice....and are finished well.The templates provided are clever, made of plastic, which allows you to keep them in place easily and even scribe a knife line inside them. Makes the daunting task of cutting a big hole in your cabinet much easier.The thermostat is quite attractive and looks very "high end".It has several settings: Manual, Auto, and Smart. Auto will turn on the fan to the previous setting (high, medium or low) when the temperature threshold is reached. Smart varies the speed of the fan based upon the "need" and how close to set point you are. For example, if you set the temp to 78, and it's 90 in your cabinet, it will run at high until it gets closer to 78, then the speed drops to medium and finally to low until the goal is reached, then it turns off.Very cleverly designed.After installing the fans, and firing up the thermostat, I noticed that the medium and low speed had an annoying "growl". After checking reviews, it turns out that there was a defect in the thermostat and the company is replacing the defective units. I emailed support (Jeremy) he validated that I had a defective unit and shipped a new one. I emailed him April 21st at 1 PM. I had a replacement in hand 2 days later! Amazing customer service.After swapping out the new unit, the medium and low speeds are nearly silent.I'm a happy camper. Have ordered some more for other applications such as a refrigerator in a cabinet and an ice maker. I've told several friends about it who are all ordering.It's great to see a company that builds a great product, and then stands behind it if there is ever a problem.5Didn't hold up as long as I expected.I've owned the product just over 4 years and the controller has failed. After contacting Ac infinity the representative informed me I was out of warranty. Now a 2 year warranty isn't bad for an electronic device but I would expect this thing to last a lot longer than the short 4 years I've owned it. The customer service rep did offer me a promo code for 20% off the purchase of a new one which I thought was a good gesture , however when taking into account their cost of shipping (something like 14 bucks) it negated the savings, in fact it's just cheaper to buy a new one on Amazon and get free shipping, which I will probably do, unhappily.1Looks slick, works great.Really slick little product.I installed this into the A/V cabinet in my RV (2008 Tiffin Phaeton) when I upgraded the receiver/amp and was pretty sure I was going to have some heat issues.I made myself a template out of MDF for the fan unit (using the thin plastic sizing template they include), since I couldn't take the cabinet side off to rough it in by hand on the bench. So I needed to clamp it up, auger out a starter hole, then just rout it out (in a few passes).It runs very quietly, even at full speed (which it doesn't typically need to do, I just turned the preferred temp way down to see what it sounded like)I will say -- my package was missing the little wood screws for the controller unit. I just used the included machine screws/nuts instead, but would have preferred the wood screws for that. Overall, I like the thing too much to knock off a star for that, though. I'm sure if called them they'd have sent them.5Fantastic product, even better customer supportI installed these with relative ease, including a 2 fan expansion for the other cabinetAC Infinity AI-CFD120BA Dual 120 Quiet Cabinet Fan, Black, for 4 fans total. The control unit is simple to operate. So far the performance seems to be good enough but the noise is troublesome. At low and medium, both pair of fans have a bit of a rattle, grinding sound. At high all you hear is the purr of the air (which is still quite loud). I've built PCs before and fans should not sound like this, especially at low speed. I couldn't put the thermal sensor directly over the hottest part of my amp, as it would reflect a higher temp than the ambient air and constantly run on high ("smart mode"), so probe placement is important. My entertainment center is very much enclosed, so I feel like the performance is a bit hindered without an intake. It seems like it has to run a little harder than I expected to keep the temp around 75, even without pushing my amp.I have an Onkyo receiver, XBox, AppleTV, modem, and router in one cabinet (with the probe). A DirecTV box, bluray player, and XBox Kinect in the other.In all, I'm somewhat satisfied, but am left wishing for a quieter system that doesn't have to run as hard. With quieter fans, I'd rate 4.5 stars.*****UPDATE March 2, 2015*****AC Infinity has just shown some of the most incredible customer service I've received in many years. After posting my initial 3 star review on Amazon, I was contacted (within just a couple of days) with information that they had discovered a hardware bug in the thermostat controller that is the cause of the grinding fan noise, and that they have the updated model rolling out of the factory. They immediately shipped me one priority mail, which I installed today when I got back from my vacation. I am pleased to report that the low/medium speed fan noise is resolved and the only noise I now hear is the whir of the moving air. It sounds exactly as I would expect it now.As a bonus, the back-light on the display (which was always on even if the system was idle, and is quite bright) now has a timeout function. Although I didn't note this as an annoyance in my original review, after having it for a while, the bright light at night was a bit distracting. This product improvement is just another example of a company paying attention to what reviewers have to say about their products and making it right.Oh, and Jeremy with AC infinity sent a letter with the replacement apologizing for the inconvenience and also left me a voice mail while I was on vacation asking how the updated unit worked. I think that's pretty incredible in this day and age. Needless to say, I'm updating my review to 5 stars.5Looks and finish A+, temperature probe is not stable and is not reliable, fans are a bit noisyIt definitely helps to lower temperature. It seems it works better extracting air, however it is far from perfect:PROS:The design and finish are excellent, I decided not to externally mount the controller unit but if you do it, it will look nice, is small and not very intrusive.As mentioned, It does help lower the temperature.The fans at lower settings (3 or 4 lines out of 6) are not loud enough to be heard while listening movies at regular volume. A lot of people will complain the fans are not too quiet. I think they are quiet for the price. You will be hard pressed to find a very quiet noctua fan for less than 15 dollars and this combo has 2 fans and costs 59.99, so asking for noctua performance maybe is to ask too much, however ACINfinity states the fan noise at 18dba, the Noctura NF-S12A FLX has a spec of 17.8 dba and the ACINfinity is many times noisier.The other problem with the fans is that they have their internals very exposed, so dust and hair (I have pets) are more likely to damage them in the long run I guess.I have posted 2 pictures 1 with the stock fan the other with a noctua I bought to replace it, you can see the noctua is much better sealed... but it costs 19.99 in amazonCONS:1. The biggest problem is that the temperature PROBE is NOT good. Is unstable and it consistently differs from my locally mounted A/C thermostat by 3 to 4 degrees. The biggest problem is that it tends to read lower than my thermostat at lower temps and higher than my thermostat at higher temps.2. The programming of the thermostat in AUTO mode could be better. The speed at which the fan rotates can be set by the user but the control unit does not increases/decreases the speed based on temp. It just waits until it reaches the threshold and turns on the fans until the temp drops to 2 or 4 degrees below the threshold, which works but if they used variable speeds they could lower the RPM of the fans and make then quieter.3Most professionally packaged electronic equipment kit I've ever seenThis has got to be one of the nicest pieces of electronic equipment I've ever purchased, especially for the reasonable price. It comes VERY professionally packaged in a foam padded box, complete will all of the individual screws and such neatly packaged in individual zip top bags. Comes with nice plastic templates for marking the holes to cut for fans and controller. Very impressed with the quality.And the controller running on SMART mode is great. When my whole house sound system is off and the only heat being generated in the enclosure is from an ethernet switch, the fans are either off or spinning at a slow speed that's inaudible in my setup. As I turn on sound system amp zones and start generating more heat the fans speed up to maintain a safe operating temp in the cabinet.The pic shows where I mounted the control pad in the door of my rack enclosure. I mounted the plate fans to exhaust air out of the cabinet that the rack sits in (plate fan not visible in pic). And I bought two additional fans that I mounted on top of the rack enclosure to blow air directly onto the top of the main amplifier. So my controller is controlling two circulation fans and two exhaust fans.The equipment is VERY nice... I hope it last a long time too.5Does exactly what I neededThis product does everything I want and more. I've got a chest freezer that I've put into a shed outside. I needed some way to vent the heat out. I didn't want to simply rely on convection, so I purchased this, installed the fans at the top of the shed, got a blank grill that I installed into the bottom of the shed. Now, bear in mind this is in southern Arizona and the ambient temps outside have been triple digits. This setup keeps the shed from going above 95 inside of it (the freezer is rated to 110 degrees) which is right at what I was looking for. I have it programmed to come on at 85 (that is also the cut off temp). Works perfectly and I actually have to put a hand in front of the fan unit to be able to tell if the fans are running (the control unit has an indicator, but, the fans emit no sound at all). I was concerned that I might have to get another fan unit to pull air in (the control can take multiple fan units), but, this double fan setup keeps the shed temperature well within the design specs of the freezer. Quality construction and components, they even give you the templates (plastic no less), for both the fans and the control unit to make the cutouts.5Effective and well made, but too noticeable for me at anything over LOW fan speed.Effective and well made, but too noticeable for me at anything over LOW fan speed.I have a Denon AVR S900W installed in an open-front console. It would get 120F+ under casual operation, there simply wasn't enough ventilation, and the AVR lacks any active cooling (fan). Unfortunately it also lacks a switched AC jack like the good 'ole days, and even the USB port on the front doesn't have switched power for some reason. So I needed an active cooling solution that could intelligently turn itself on and off somehow and found this thermal based unit.Install was fairly easy with the included templates and well made metal chassis. However, I found the mounting screw holes located too close to the cut-out edges. It didn't prevent me from installing, but made it slightly more challenging.I started with SMART mode as that seems the most ideal from a cooling perspective. But I struggled for over a week trying to find the right temp sensor location (ideally right on top of the AVR since that's the target I'm trying to cool) and temp threshold that would provide the best cooling with the least amount of noise annoyance to me. I never was successful as it's audibly obvious whenever the unit cycles from off, to low, or from low to medium, and any other speed change. And it had no buffer between speed cycles, it would throttle up to the speed, stay there for a couple seconds, throttle back down for 5 seconds, throttle back up, and keep cycling like that constantly which was audibly annoying to listen to. Additionally, anything speed other than LOW was simply too audible for me, likely due to my open front console, perhaps if I had a fully enclosed consoles / cabinet I wouldn't notice the noise? But mostly it was the constant changing in speed that caused it to be noticeable.Anyway, I've ended up setting it to AUTO with a temp threshold of 90F and the speed fixed to LOW speed. So, now I turn on the AVR, the fans come on pretty quickly, and stay on low the entire time, and eventually turn off after the AVR is shut off for a while. The AVR isn't a cool as when the fans are allowed to run on med / high, but it still remains cool. And I don't even notice the fan noise any longer.Conclusion: mission accomplished. I just wish it was quieter at higher speeds.3Exactly what I neededI bought this to install in my coat closet that I turned into a small network closet. I needed to blow out the hot air sitting above the door frame created by my network switch. I reversed the fans on the plate, cut the drywall, drilled a stud, popped the power wire down the waterfall plate and mounted the fan. I installed a vent plate on the other side of the wall that allowed the hot air to be pushed out by this dual fan. It works very well and I have not had a problem with the controller either. I have mine set to 81 and the fans don't kick on past the low setting very often when the weather isn't too hot. I would say it's not noisy compared to the switch I have running in the closet right now. I can't tell when it turns on, that's a good thing.5Thermal control is shakyFirst off, this is not a bad product. It feels very substantial and well made. It's not silent, but it's very quiet at low speed. I also really like the expansion options-- we decided to add on a little extra cooling directly on our A/V receiver, which has no built in active cooling. Since you can buy just the bare fans, it was considerably cheaper and controlling it with the smart controller was simply a matter of plugging it in. Great!Unfortunately, it's not perfect. The price is a bit high for what you get, but like I said it feels like a well made, quality product. No real problem there. The problem is with the "smart" control-- namely that it's actually quite dumb. The idea is that it adjusts the fan speed higher as the temperature climbs, but the problem is that if your system can't find a place where it perfectly matches the heat output of your system it will oscillate REALLY annoyingly. What I mean is that it will turn on for a few seconds when it gets too close to the set temp then turn off. Then a few seconds later, it comes in again, then off, on, off, on, off, etc. Like I said, the fans are quiet, but they're not silent. The constant cycling makes it REALLY noticeable and is a huge downer. It wouldn't be hard to fix it, either. Simply making the algorithm a tiny bit smarter would help a lot-- for example making the system come on for a minimum time of five minutes or so would slow down the cycling. Or make it start cooling a few degrees higher, but don't stop at the same temp-- cooling a few degrees lower. These are all things you'll find in very simple home heating/cooling solutions, so they aren't new. I just wish that for such a nice product they'd done their homework a little better and made the "smart" system just a bit smarter. It also doesn't help that the thermostat is off by somewhere between 5-10 F. It's consistently off by the same amount though, so that part isn't a huge deal. A temperature calibration option would be nice, though.3
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