OK, I know this drawing sucks but I cant figure out how to put my Sketchup one on here, so this will have to do. I know Ive been posting a lot of questions and theyre kind of all over the place. Trying to figure so many things out at one time. Getting the feeling I cant move on to one thing with out getting "this" figured out, and on and on. Its a crazy cycle. I think Ive finally got the layout I want figured out and close to figuring out the sound system Im putting in.
Im going to have my TV on the N wall. Centered between the soffit and the W wall. Couch will be about 10' South. I will be building a in-wall a/v rack in the wall under the stairs behind the bar. After feeding up walls and over to the tv the run will need about 40'.
Ive really been trying to understand how this hdmi over cat5e/6 works but still am not positive. Should I run a HDMI or HDMI w/Redmere to it? ($35-65 on Monoprice) Or do I run dual Cat6 (7/piece, $14 total)? Is the picture the same? How about audio? Would I have to run separate audio cables? What do you recommend?
All of my speaker wire runs will be 50' or less. Probably not even that long. More around the 40' range but just to be safe im gonna sat 50'. Is 16awg ok, or do I need to go down to 14awg?
For audio ( I know this isnt top notch, but the majority of my budget is going into finishing the basement so Ill have to do a speaker upgrade when I can afford it) Im either going to get the Pioneer SP-PK22BS 5.1 system, or the Energy Take Classic 5.1. Im kind of leaning toward the Pioneer system, because Im not overly concerned about the size of the speakers (although I do not want towers) since the room is approximately 24x20. The TV will be mounted and all the a/v equipment will be on a shelf so it shouldnt look to cluttered. Not positive on the receiver but ill probably just get whatever is the best price with the most HDMI inputs. Ill be running DirecTV, BluRay and XBMC so no real need for anything special that I can think of. I was looking at some of the Denon AVR 1312 or maybe 1612. Any thoughts?
Will I need any other wires/cords for this setup? Anything for the sub, speakers, tv? as for now im thinking ...
approximately 300' speaker wire
4 - 1.5' to 3' hdmi cables (from components to a/v receiver and wall to tv)
2 - 40' cat6
2 - HDMI over Cat6 wall plates
6 - Wall plate with banana plug