Home Theatre PC Guide
Posted on: 04/02/2005 06:00 AM

The next HTPC enclosure we'd like to look at is the Lascala 10 (LC10) from Silverstone. Like the D.Vine 4 from Ahanix, it is a case that is geared specifically for the HTPC niche market. It too looks very much like a home theatre receiver and is available in silver and black.

The LC10 was designed with cooling in mind for the latest components. Jamming a 3.6GHz Prescott-based Pentium 4 into a cramped case without adequate ventilation would be a recipe for disaster. The LC10 has a standard three fan configuration (two 60mms fans at the rear, one optional 80mm fan at the front) and also has hidden intake vents to provide adequate cool air intake while also keeping total noise output in mind.

Let's take a look inside Silverstone's LC10. The picture of the front of the unit was taken from Silverstone's website. Have you ever tried to take a picture of a shiny steel surface while being forced to use a flash due to inadequate lighting? With my Canon Powershot A40... the results were less than stellar.

The internal layout of the LC10 is quite similar to that of the D.Vine 4 from Ahanix. This enclosure has one external and one internal 5.25" drive bays. The specifications list four internal 3.5" drive bays but by my eyes, I only see three. Two in the conventional location and then one additional bay tucked below the 2 5.25" drive bays. Regardless, three 3.5" drive bays should suffice for an enclosure of this nature.

On the front panel of the LC10, you'll find four USB 2.0 ports and power and reset buttons. LEDs for both power and hard disk activity are present between the two buttons. Tucked away on the left-hand side of the chassis are hidden firewire and audio ports. I really like the positioning of these ports but it wouldn't have bothered me had they decided to place them directly on the front panel.

The installation of your optical drive isn't as simple as 1-2-3. You use the included double-sided tape to attach an aluminum cover to the front of your optical drive. Then, after removing two screws from the chassis, you slide the front cover off to the right and install the optical drive. Then the front cover is slid back in place and secured with the two screws. If all goes well, the aluminum cover on the front of your optical drive should line up perfectly with the front of the case.

The LC10 I received did not ship standard with a PSU. That being said, I do believe you can add one as an option.

One nice accessory that came with the unit was a wire ring. Shown in the last picture above, it allowed me to run all the wiring and cables through it and tuck them back in an orderly fashion. I can be quite anal when it comes to stray wiring inside a case and this low cost accessory definitely helps in that regard.

The Lascala 10 from Silverstone is a fine case. Even though it doesn't have the sexy VFD present on the D.Vine 4, I actually prefer it. It can be bought from online vendors in the 145 USD range and even though that doesn't include a PSU, I think it's worth it. The build quality is way above par and even though it's not completely made of Aluminum like the D.Vine 4 it still only weighs in at around 10-15 lbs. Given that it's supposed to end up at the heart of your home theatre equipment, weight shouldn't be an issue anyways. Lift a high-quality receiver lately? They're heavy.

Now that we've taken a look at a couple of HTPC enclosures, let's look at a couple of other alternatives that you may want to consider.

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