I'm starting to do the cable management and connections for my rack and I have a couple questions.
1.) A lot of the racks I see pictures of, the A/V connections coming from the theater (Speaker wires, HDMI, Subwoofer) are going into a patch panel or wall jacks, then to the gear. Is there a compeling reason for this? I would think the least amount of connections the better. (I can leave a loop of spare cable under the house or in the attic if I had to move the gear.)
2.) Network connections for gear "in the rack". Should I run directly to the network switch or run them thru a patch panel. I can see both sides for this one?
3.) Is there a need for patch panel connections (A/V, RG6, etc) inbetween the gear "in the rack"?
4.) Can I run the ""IR" Eye/Jack cords on the same side of the rack as the power or could there be interference?
5.) If I'm using 22AWG HDMI cables to Display and other gear, should I use port savers at the gear AV receiver, HTPC, etc for sure?
6.) I've heard, my Digital OTA antenna (UHF/VHF) will pick up HD radio also, is this true? (Don't have a HD Radio receiver yet)
Note: My 45 space rack will be full and all the gear is placed for usability and access (visual and physical) usage, and heat mangement, so I don't see the individual gear units getting moved much.
Thanks for your time