We are deep within construction on a remodel of our home. I've done a fair amount of research, but still concerned that my plan might not be ideal. Ultimately, I would like all of my equipment in one central location (basement) -- no wires and everything controlled via a Harmony 900 remote. If things don't work smoothly, my wife will not be pleased.
We are approaching the stage where the electrician is going to come in and start wiring the house. This is a remodel, but we've pretty much gutted the house and expanding. The basement is unfinished. Given our lack of funds, I'm trying to be my own audio consultant. The electrician has done some home audio wiring in the past, but I'm not certain of his expertise in this field.
(2) Harmony 900 Remotes
(2) Sonos 120's (Plan to add more as budget allows)
(1) XBox 360
(1) DefTech Subwoofer
(1) Windows 7 Server, (1) Mac mini HTPC
I'm going to print out the plans and mark off where I'd like speakers. The goal here is to wire every room with a set of speakers. The master bedroom and family room will be wired for 5.1 and 7.1. Given the large quantity of speakers, I'm going to order in-ceiling and in-wall speakers from Monoprice. I figure I can always swap them out down the road. Right now, my focus is to have everything wired.
Outside of the bedroom and family room, the other rooms will only be utilizing Sonos 120's. Speakers -> Sonos 120.
The contractor has determined that under the stairwell in the basement is the only open spot for the A/V closet. This is in the center of the house.
Here's where things get fuzzy, but these are my thoughts on how this might get accomplished.
- Send all speaker wires as outlined to A/V closet. Connect them to either Receiver (1), (2) or Sonos.
- Wire coaxial to basement from all TV locations.
- Wire Cat6 from all TV locations to A/V. This is more for future proofing (or if this doesn't work), since connected devices will be stored in A/V closet. Should these be connected to a large switch, which I don't currently have?
- HDMI runs from all TV locations to A/V closet. Is this practical and how it's normally done? These could be rather long runs I would presume? Also, should I run multiples in case one craps out.
- Have electrician have a wallplate jack for subwoofer(s), which connects to either receiver (1) or receiver (2). This allows me to use a patch cable and just plugin my subwoofer.
First off, does this sound like a good plan? What changes would you recommend? Also, I have a few questions regarding this set-up.
- Should I pick up additional Harmony 900s for the additional bedrooms where there will be TVs.
- I might want to source my own materials for the electrician. What products do you recommend I include on my Monoprice shopping list.
- Are the Harmony 900 remotes reliable at these distances?
- Any suggestions for racks and/or equipment I might want to consider for the A/V closet?
Any help is greatly appreciated. If we weren't so tight on budget, I'd find someone local to help consult. This has been a very stressful project. My wife loves TV and if "my project" doesn't go off as planned, I'll never hear the end of it.