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Is there any sort of consensus on what is prudent future proofing for HT wiring?

I'm just finishing up my design, and I was planning to do the following:
  • 12 gauge speaker wire for 11.3 (7 speakers in front, 2 rear, 2 sides, 3 subs in front)
  • 120V Outlet very close to every possible speaker (for 11.3 and spread across multiple circuits)
  • XLR / balanced wiring for 11.3
  • CAT6 run for every speaker
  • Unused 1.25" or 1.5" PVC Schedule 40 conduit from rack to projector
  • Unused 1.25" or 1.5" PVC Schedule 40 conduit from rack to behind AT screen wall
  • Dual CAT6 runs from the rack to the projector
  • Dual HDMI 1.3 runs to projector
  • Component video to projector
  • Did I miss anything?
  • Should I bother with s-video to the projector?
  • Should I skip component video to the projector?
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For one, I would wire two subs in the back, and wire buttkicker for the riser as well.
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How do you wire for buttkickers? Do you put the amp in the rack and run the amp level outputs to the HT, or put the amp in room with signal level wire run to the HT?
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I would run the amp level from your equipment room to HT, you can use rack mountable amp, or you can use plate amp (for DIY sub, you can find in partexpress), in latter case, the plate amp is usually mounted on the wall in the equipment closet. Of course, you can mount it inside HT room if you find a suitable place.

As for two additional subs in the back, if you use more than one sub, it is always better that not all the subs are placed at the same side so if I have room in the back, I will place one in the back corner. I eventuality will do 4 subs, one on each corner of the HT room which would sound much better. http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/fea...ubwoofers.html
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Yes run component to the projector! And even S-Video for backwards compatibility. I didn't at first (luckily unfinished basement) and ended up needing it for a DVD recorder that refused to play nice with my AVR. It's also good for debugging in that sense (something goes wrong with the AVR, how do you test?)

Wire's cheap. :P

I would also run HDMI/Component/Svideo/cat6 to somewhere near the front of the room, perhaps into your riser for roaming video game consoles. A cat6 or 3 from your HT rack to your house wiring for future expansion.

While your at it, might as well shoot for HDMI 1.4a if you can...

Also, if you plan on doing IR extensions, 12v triggers, etc. Add those now too...

Again, wire's cheap.
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Some of the things that have come up before:

Interconnected fire alarm if the room is going to be well soundproofed.

Door bell/flashing light so you can hear the Pizza Guy.

TV camera to monitor the kids (not my favorite)

Security system

Power for biometric thumb print door lock
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Yes run component to the projector! And even S-Video for backwards compatibility. I didn't at first (luckily unfinished basement) and ended up needing it for a DVD recorder that refused to play nice with my AVR. It's also good for debugging in that sense (something goes wrong with the AVR, how do you test?)

OK sounds like a good advice.
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I would also run HDMI/Component/Svideo/cat6 to somewhere near the front of the room, perhaps into your riser for roaming video game consoles. A cat6 or 3 from your HT rack to your house wiring for future expansion.

I hadn't thought of running video inputs from the HT for a video console, but that's a good idea. I already have plans to connect my HT rack with multiple CAT6 runs to my in home network working.
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While your at it, might as well shoot for HDMI 1.4a if you can...

I didn't think HDMI 1.4a cables were available yet. I was planning to use High Speed 1.3a Category 2 cables.
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Also, if you plan on doing IR extensions, 12v triggers, etc. Add those now too...

I plan to use a CAT6 for IR extension (Hot Link XL). What device(s) would the 12V triggers be used for?
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Some of the things that have come up before:

Interconnected fire alarm if the room is going to be well soundproofed.

Already on my list
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Door bell/flashing light so you can hear the Pizza Guy.

That's a good idea, though I don't do delivery.
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TV camera to monitor the kids (not my favorite)

Security system

Power for biometric thumb print door lock

Eh... these don't seem so interesting to me.
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I would also run HDMI/Component/Svideo/cat6 to somewhere near the front of the room, perhaps into your riser for roaming video game consoles. A cat6 or 3 from your HT rack to your house wiring for future expansion.

Nonsense. Run one mini RGBHV cable, terminate the ends with BNC connectors and let it hang. For testing, that will provide component, S-Video (with adaptor) and composite if you ever need it. You'll want a CAT5/6 for projector control or IR, two CAT6 if you ever need to use a Balun, and HDMI.

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