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I had a home theater installer come out during renovations and run some wiring while the walls were opened up in a new addition. I wasn't really specific about the wire I wanted run, but the setup was that I would be placing my AV equipment in a closet with a bedroom on one side of the closet wall that would have a wall-mounted flat screen, and a family room on the other side of the closet that would have another wall-mounted flat screen and 5.1 speaker setup (with everything running through an AV receiver before going to the TV). Both TVs are going to be mounted no more than 10 feet from where the equipment will be located.
When I looked at the wiring that was run to the TV wall mount areas, I see a thick black cable with 5 wires (which I'm assuming will be component video and audio), and 4 Cat5e wires. It's all bulk wiring at the moment not connected to anything.
My questions for people more familiar with installations:
1. What would the Cat5e wiring be for going to the TV?
2. Does the component video cable usually have plugs connected directly to the ends, or usually connected to a wall plate with jacks?
3. Wouldn't HDMI normally be called for in such runs, since new HD-DVD and Blueray players won't play through component connections?
4. Speaker wires for the front L/R/C were run to the ceiling. Is this normal or would the speakers normally be in the wall above the TV?
Thanks in advance for your answers.