SM-500 in 2-space rack?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Im a sock, Jul 14, 2003.

  1. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    I'm just wondering if this is a good idea. SWR amps are known to get very hot.... and I just want to know if having my SM-500 in a 2-space rack is a good idea. Should I get a fan to ventilate more? If so, where do i get one, and where should put it? Thanks.

  2. tornadobass

    tornadobass Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Iowa City, Iowa
    I'd use at least a 3 space rack. The amp vents passively on the top and with the fan on the side. A 2 space would leave almost no room for the top vent.

    My SM-400S is in a 4 space rack with a power conditioner and rack tuner. The tuner's depth only comes up to the edge of the amp's vents, so there's plenty of chance of air movement.
  3. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    Hmmm... noted. Anyone else? What about a fan?
  4. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Why not just get a 3 space rack? Look into the Odyssey rack bags from That's what I have my SM-500 in.

    brad cook