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Multimedia Receiver with Auto Sleep Mode

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In our conference room at our office, we currently have an Onkyo TX-NR1007 receiver.  This things works wonderfully and has all the functionality we need.  

The only issue we run into has to deal with heating in the cabinet.  It is in a closed cabinet closet to the ground and if the door is closed (most of the time) then the heat really collects in the cabinet.  I understand that most receivers will put out a lot of heat from all the power they supply to the necessary speakers and other devices.  This is a small setup we have in a conference room.

I am wanting to know if there is a way to get a receiver that will automatically power off after say 2-3 hours of inactivity or just after 2-3 hours.  Most conferences we have in this room last an hour at most or sometimes 2 hours.  If we had a receiver that could be programmed to just automatically shut off after 3 hours, that would be great.  

I am simply trying to find a fix without having to redesign the cabinets it is put in.  This may or may not be an option but I wanted to check and see what some of the experts here could offer for advice.  Thanks in advance.
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Merete earned 500 total points
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No not my knowledge, does your Onkyo have a remote control?
Unless a bit of programming is down your ally to add a raspberry pi switchbox
don't laugh ( I am) but what these kids get up to these days, also  in the example the raspberry is caseless now the raspberry pi comes in cases with the openelec-elec already installed. I know it's pretty out there
here's an example
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qes95KCwhw
Or simply replace the Onkyo with an XBMC media center ( raspberry PI)  and a NAS or a media box networked.
http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=NAS#NAS_.28Network_Attached_Storage.29_and_XBMC
Is this live radio or something?
The problem is really the cabinet.
You'd need a programmable tool that can turn it off and back on,maybe put some holes in the back of cabinet.
 a remote controlled or networked Receiver that could be controlled via network?

looking towards another direction there are power adapters that have timers
as I'm in Australia it just says AU as we have different regions and different power but I'm pretty sure it's available in your country
example you can set the timer to turn off the power at certain times but does it turn back on is the big question.
24 Hour Timer Switch Time Clock Socket - White (AU Plug)
http://dx.com/p/24-hour-timer-switch-time-clock-socket-white-au-plug-238169?tc=AUD&gclid=CL2Cjeaus7sCFXMgtAodXRMAQA
Googled. here's one that looks good
Network Stereo Receiver
TX-8050
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzDSlP_63Kw
Manual
http://www.eu.onkyo.com/downloads/1/4/6/2/6/Manual_TX-8050_En.pdf

Onkyo TX-NR515 A/V Receiver Reviewed
http://hometheaterreview.com/onkyo-tx-nr515-av-receiver/
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Thanks for the suggestions.  I will go through and decide what our best options are.  Ideally though we will need to create some sort of ventilation system to assist with the current situation.  

I just wanted to know if it was possible or even an option.  I will see what direction best fits the needs.

By the way, this is simply a stereo receiver used as the display for our TV's in our conference room.  It uses HDMI input for the cable receivers, DVD/VCR, and also the computer and then puts the display on the TV's we have plugged into it.  Not a big role but a necessary one.

Thanks again for the suggestions Merete.
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Thankyou  alatham23, yes that would be the simplest solution adding some ventilation.
There is cabinet vent fans, maybe get a handyman to cut a couple of holes and install them.
maybe like this
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/like/360809041752?hlpht=true&ops=true&viphx=1&lpid=94
and these,
http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/1198587709/280x80mm_Cabinet_Vent_Fan.html?s=p
Best Wishes
Merete
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