I am just starting a dedicated theater build along with finishing my basement.
Yep I've been spending the past several nights since finding this forum reading until my mind is spinning.
I have a basic question and I'm not sure where to ask so if this isn't the place please redirect me.
Currently I'm getting ready to start running speaker wire and all the other wires needed for my theater.
I am going to have a separate closet for all my a/v equipment and want to make sure I run all the needed and maybe future expansion wiring now from the closet to the space behind the AT screen.
What do I need to run other than speaker wire and power? Do I run Cat5 for an IR extender and how many of them should I run?
Also what wiring other than power and HDMI do I need to run for my projector? I've never installed one before. Does it need some sort of cable for IR also since it will be above my head when watching movies?
btw I love this forum.
You'll get some great advice here. Think about if you'd ever want to run additional speakers for NEO:X or one of the other surround formats that add beyond 7.1. Do you want multiple subs? I'd run a smurf tube to the front and back of room for future needs. Also, you'll want a cat5/6 to your projector.
For instance if you end up with active speakers or subs that changes the wiring requirements beyond speaker wire. If you think you might go for a 4K projector that is a higher standard of wiring than 2K.
For the projector I like to run an outlet on the ceiling to a power inlet in the equipment stack area and run the projector off a UPS/line protector unit. If your area is prone to power outages you don't want to have the power fail and not be able to cycle the unit through a cool down cycle.
Got my conduit tube installed today, about 20ft worth. Used the 2" pvc conduit that is specifically designed for this purpose with the large curves.
Maybe I will start a build thread although it will be slow since I am also installing a security alarm and finishing the rest of the basement at the same time.