Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY
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I started down the path of hdmi matrix switchers until I decided to take a minute to reassess my needs. My wife and I are remodeling our basement to add a home theater/play room and an exercise room so I thought it would be a good time to make one of the closets into an AV rack. Right now it is just the two of us plus our 6 month old (he seems to like to watch the same things that I'm watching - go figure).
We currently have 2 directv receivers and a ps3. We currently have 3 hd tv's in the existing rooms and the new home theater room will have a projector (if/when 3d doesn't require extra hardware) so that room isn't a major concern right now.
98% of the time we will be watching directv so it is of very low importance to spread the ps3 signal around (at least until we get the home theater going). Since we have whole-house dvr on directv sharing a single signal across two of the tv's will work for us (I'm already doing this now with RF remotes and slingbox but obviously I'm not getting a 1080i pic).
As I said earlier, I was going to bite the bullet and go down the path of getting a matrix. When I stepped back it just doesn't seem to make sense to do that now given the fact that the more capable ones seem to be upwards of 1k or more. Also, when we do get a projector I could probably just buy a second used ps3 for that room (we use it mostly for streaming our blu ray collection from a media server).
I'm thinking that in the short term I could just get a 3x1 hdmi switcher and hang out for a year or so until the prices and stability improve (or the newer technology comes out).
Any thoughts on this? I'm also going to be running brand new ethernet runs to all of the rooms (my network goes there already but it seems to make sense to add another wire while I have the house turn apart). Should I run cat7 just in case? Thanks!