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post #1 of 7 Old 03-07-2011, 01:45 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm new to the board so I hope I don't step on any toes in anyway with this thread. I'm starting to research the logistics of an 8 TV setup. I've attached a diagram I made to give a little visual of what I'm trying to accomplish. The setup includes 2 42-50" tv's surrounded by 3 22-24" monitors on each side. Also, eventually I will add a projector with a screen that will drop down and cover the tv's. The main purpose for this room is to watch multiple sporting events at once.

I currently have directv for the sunday ticket package. Do they have any sort of special equipment package or anything for a setup like this? Or should I just assume I'll need a directv box for each tv?

Has anyone else done a setup with 8 tv's or even 6? If so, what other issues should I be aware of? I think I have all of the wiring figured out.

I appreciate any help or advice. Thanks.

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You will need a box for each tv, a good rf remote from urc with RF receivers so that you can map which output goes to which box and which tv. Most I have set up is 4 but it was actually really easy until kids walk up and push power buttons and mess it all up.
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Like Bighick said you will need 1 cablebox per TV, Here's what I would do ... Go with one large center screen and a few 32" LCD's around, I would recommend a Matrix switcher also to tie everything together (Preferably Component, HDMI Matrix switchers can be very expensive)

8x8 Matrix Switch
http://www.hdtvsupply.com/88shcovidiau.html

The matrix switch will allow you to route any input to any TV. I personally use a 3x5 Switch to drive a 3 TV + Projector setup



For control you could use a few Universal MRF-350 RF Base Stations with a compatible remote.

http://www.amazon.com/Universal-MRF-.../dp/B000LG3PB4
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do you really have 8 fav teams on at the same time?

all i can say is what christopher walken said when the rock shot him in that
movie that also had stifler in it ( think it was call the rudown? ) :

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

or are you a bookie or a big time betting man?

inquiring minds want to know

i cant even imagine watching all 4 march madness games at once
even though they are all gonna be on 4 diff channels this year:

cbs
tbs
tnt
tru tv

sucks that my area - tampa FL does not have tru tv hd channel here

maybe if i won the lottery i would try something like youre doing. my dream
is just to get a bigger tv with better ht system attached to it. im half way there.

i had old 47 inch panasonic proj hdtv that didnt even have hdmi. now i have
50 inch samsung plasma. ideal would be 60 to 65 inch

did you see article about the future of hd by the way? :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_hd

its gonna be 16 times the resolution of current hdtv. it does say you will
have to have at least a 60 inch hdtv for it though ;-)

and heres the future of surround sound :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/22.2

22.2 surround sound

9 speakers abover ear level

10 speakers at ear level

and 5 speakers below ear level

take that mulitplexes
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its too bad the dvrs with dual tuners cant be tuned to 2 diff channels
on 2 diff hdtvs at the same time huh?
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Thanks for all the comments and advice guys. I have been considering scaling back to 6 tv's but I'm still not sure yet. The guys I hang out with and I are all fans of different teams and we all play fantasy sports together so it would be nice having a lot of games up at once. And yes we do enjoy the occasional sports betting. Also, I did get a lot of inspiration from a recent trip to Vegas where a lot of time was spent at the Las Vegas Hilton's sports book (largest in the country). I already have the sound components in place so the only investment needed is the tv's and directv boxes and they (tv's) are getting more and more affordable by the day.
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Hi Khenning.

Pretty much everything above that was recommended is pretty good. Def go with a matrix switcher, and for the RF base station, minimum MRF-350. The MRF-260 does not allow for individual IR ports to be controlled, only the MRF-350 and above. The MSC-400 would be my first choice though. (all of those by Universal Remote Control)

The programming can be relatively complex. So if you have never programmed a URC, I recommend hiring somebody to program it, or seek advice.

As for matrix switchers, I recommend WireStorm, or Gefen. Stay away from the Monoprice ones, and other cheap options... you will regret it in the long run.

If you need help with programming, or the purchase of any of these devices... I can help.

Good luck!

Justin
www.TheMediaRoomOnline.com

Best Regards,Justin The Media Room, Inc.http://www.TheMediaRoomOnline.com/
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