Originally Posted by Frostykev
For me I'm struggling with HDMI not being ready for distribution vs the need to do something now, almost bridge to the future. . . Whatever I do now needs to last 2-3 years then I can rethink what to do for future deployment, hoping whatever I have behind drywall is adequate.
I don't think you'd have any issue with component meeting your needs for 2-3 years. First, since most delivered content is 1080i with DD5.1 at best anyway (or sourced from film, not originated as 60-frame 1080p), there's no immediate loss in video quality. And quite frankly, doing a side-to-side comparison of HDMI / Component on my sets I didn't see any obvious difference.
Second, the cost of HDMI distribution will likely come down significantly as HDBaseT attempts to drive this into the mainstream. The money you save by not buying a more expensive solution today probably pays for a future HDMI system.
And last, the scare over the "analog sunset" is easy dealt with - buy a BD player now. There, done. For any 'main' viewing areas, I always recommend a local BD player anyway, since you then get the advanced audio codecs (DTS-MA), 1080p native, and you don't have to run somewhere to insert the disc. Since advanced audio support is one of the most troublesome parts of HDMI distribution, you avoid all of that, too.
One other thing, did you direct terminate the Catx? Or did you do a patch at the main source side?
I directly terminated at both ends as my wiring closet was set up for A/V-over-cat5 in mind. But I don't think you'll have any trouble with patch cables, either. In the rooms that I just expanded the system into, I used a 1' patch cable from keystone jacks shoved back into the wall instead of cutting them off...