Is there a preference between leaving the cable end coming out of the ceiling for the projector and in the rack area vs terminating cables with face plates and then using shorter cables from the face plate to the projector or component?
Is there signal degradation using the face plates? If so how much typically?
Trying to figure out how many face plates / cables I need to order.
In my theater, I used terminated faceplates for some connections (Sat RG6 connections, sub output). For my speakers and video connections, I ran the cable directly from the sources to the speaker/projector. However, I ran the cable through hooded faceplates that give a finished appearance without forcing you to break the connection between source/speaker/display.
I think I might end up doing something similar to what you did in that I may end up using face plates in some situations (on front of my riser and other places where something isn't "always" plugged in) and straight cable to things that are always being used (projector, speakers, etc). Those hooded face plates are pretty cool. I don't think I have ever seen those before. I just looked at some photos of your theater and the wiring in your closet looks GREAT! I may very well pick up some of those to use with even the raw cable runs.
Thanks for the compliment about the wiring. It took most of an entire weekend to disconnect the nest of wires that I had run, and then slowly route, tie, and terminate the cabling one bundle at a time. I think there's somewhere around 200 zip ties holding it all together. I have seen a number of professionally installed racks, and I had a goal to make my wiring look as good as the ones I had seen. The key is to custom terminate cables wherever possible so that you can control the lengths to meet your needs (and don't cut anything shorter than what you may need until you're absolutely certain that you have the correct length).
Sometimes I go into the equipment closet and just stare at my handiwork on the back of the rack. Is that weird?