So, what it comes down to is that I now have this box:
As well as this on the back of my A/V cabinet:
I originally planned on having all the smurf tubes terminate at all of these holes!
So, I need to connect all of these wires to my A/V gear. I can tell you I have cut some of the speaker cables too short to reach from the white box up and through the holes at the back of the cabinet. Let alone be able to pull out the cabinet to hook everything up!!
I believe my HDMI cable IS long enough to reach directly into the receiver.
My thoughts on this are (and this is the reason I brought this up because I want feedback, input or ideas on how to accomplish this): Cut holes in the box cover and mount 7.1 speaker connection plates on the face. This will allow me to run wires from those connector plates THRU the holes at the back of the cabinet and into the receiver.
Another idea still has me mounting those connector plates to the front of that panel but then scraping the idea of my "schematic" on the back of the A/V shelving. I could make a cut-out in the back wall of the cabinet in the approximate location of where the white box is oriented to cabinet. This gives a more direct route to the equipment.
The back of the A/V box is probably 3-4" in front of the distribution box. I could even "box" the area where I make the cut-out at the back of the cabinet extending the cabinet so it nearly touches the face of the distribution box.
Ok, what do you guys have for me, throw me some ideas!!