Originally Posted by HopefulFred Low VoltageSpeaker cable:
300ft 12G PVC jacketed in-wall rated
150ft 10G some in-wall, some not
10G for subs. 12G for all full-range channels. Includes pre-wire for extra side surrounds, but no pre-wire for heights or wides.
If you go with 14/4 to everything but the subs, you could either biwire, internally "shotgun" biwire or simply combine the conductors to give you a net heavier gauge of wire @ 11 gauge. This not only gives you more wiring options, it is actually a heavier cable than the 12. Of course you could do the same thing with 12/4, but that's really overkill and much more expensive.
At each sub location I'd also run a single Cat-5 wire for triggering the subs on/off vs. letting the autosense do its thing. With autosense, sometimes the sub will shut off during extended quiet passages only to come on a couple seconds after the next big action scene.
Originally Posted by HopefulFred Network Cable:
250ft - if cat 6 is not much more money, I may spring for it. This is mostly for back-up uses and re-purposing for things I don't see coming. Four runs to the screen wall and two into the riser.
Four to the front seems like a lot, but I guess if you are triggering two subs on/off, incorporating a motorized masking system and perhaps an IR targeting device then that seems reasonable. As I don't know your full system plans, I can't give you a definitive recommendation.
Originally Posted by HopefulFred 3.5mm Stereo Cable
for IR at screen - 50ft
Should this be mono or stereo? Am I silly to think this would work over 50ft?
I would use a Cat-5 and then just take a mono trigger cable and splice to the cat5 to the same pair on both ends, keeping your wiring consistent. All IR uses Mono as it is only + and -.
Originally Posted by HopefulFred HDMI:
2x 20ft high speed cable to projector
1x 25ft high speed cable into riser (who knows why? It may never get used, but I might be very glad for it)
Why two to the projector? You will only ever need one since you are switching HDMI through the preamp. The second HDMI is a waste of money. I wouldn't run HDMI to the riser, just a 2" conduit. The only reason to install and HDMI is a "quick connect" for a gaming system, digital camera, etc. If that is something that appeals to you, then run it. If not, just rest easy knowing the conduit is there.
For your projector I would also run two SHIELDED Cat-SIX wires for a HDMI over baluns system. You are fortunate to have a short run length from preamp to the projector, so these aren't as important, but running two will give you the ultimate in flexibility for either one or two wire HDMI extenders. Also run two other cat wires to the projector - one for network and one for control. I would even suggest running a cat-5 from the projector to the front screen location for any potential future masking system that would be controlled by the projector.
Originally Posted by HopefulFred XLR:
3 50ft cables to the screen for 2 potential subwoofer signals (in the event I use built-in amplification in the future) plus one for a mic - both for acoustic measurements and for Karaoke
3 more cables into the riser for subs and mics - 2 at 25 ft and one at 14ft
Should I be building my own at this point?
The XLR connectors are huge vs. the size of the wire, so if that's a concern then just buy the bulk wire and do the soldering - it's very easy. If it's not a concern, then just get the pre-made ones in the run length you need without all the extra. A little extra, just not a lot.
Originally Posted by HopefulFred Conduit:
One large (1.5 inch?) flexible conduit from the rack to behind the screen with a pull-cord or two in it.
1.5" will work, but I'd pull 2" if I were you as it is MUCH easier to work with. Also pull a 2" to the riser and one to your projector. I'm personally not a huge conduit-pulling guy, but I think the riser and projector areas are the higher priority spots over the front screen wall.
Originally Posted by HopefulFred
I've left out any analog video capability. It seems kind of silly. Thoughts?
Analog is dead, so no worries!
EDIT - I see that during the 45+ distracted minutes it took me to write this post there have been other interim posts, so some of the above is repetitive at this point, but let me know your thoughts.