As I mention in another thread, we are doing a large remodel. I'm having trouble figuring out the best way to handle my home theatre and audio. I am a computer dork and "software guy" and I'm cheap
I will have TV's in:
Living room (want HT here)
game room (also HT here + ping pong,etc)
kitchen (just stereo tv is fine)
barn (just stereo tv is fine)
patio (future may want HT, but not required)
I have an AV closet upstairs which will be connected to some kind of home automation system.
I like the idea of central media server / dvr up in the AV closet.
Now, when I was thinking about this, I guess there are two ways to go (at least).
1) Centralize all hardware up in the AV closet, just have the TV's/speakers at the desired locations. Controll via pc/remote/whatever best solution is.
2) Centralize media servers, and have local stereo, HTPC, whatever at each point
Option 1 sounds really neat, but is it practical? Oh, also, do you typically have a local say, DVD player, even if you run a centralized system, for convenience?
I also plan to home run speakers from every room for whole house audio / intercom / notification for future use (this will probably be controlled by a PC solution).
What option would be most flexible?
What option would cost less long term?
at this point, I dont need to have a hard set hardware solution, but my main concert right now is WIRING.
I need to have wiring up in about 3 weeks.
Wire I have now:
I have a 1000' spool of QSRG6 on it's way
I have as much CAT5e and I need to get.
I have 250' of 14/2 speaker cable (I may need to get more)
Here are my floor plans:
Floor 1 (includes existing floor 1.5 which is not changing)
Sorry, I need to get a cleaned up version of this floor.
AV Closet is the 3' x 2' closet in the game room on Floor 2.