Originally Posted by tcason
UR --COAX(x2)--> FAM2/STB --COAX(x3)--> FAM1/TV; and
UR --speaker wires--> FAM1/speakers.
So, it looks like the wiring was designed for the AVR to sit in a different room from the STB, meaning I'd have to either (1) route audio from the STB at FAM2 back to UR then out to the speakers at FAM1, or (2) use 2 STBs for the one TV, one for video in FAM and one for audio in UR. Both seem ridiculous to me, and I think the builder made a huge wiring mistake.
Does this configuration seem normal/correct or is this clearly a screw-up?
Hmmm... Yeah, seems like they got kinda halfway there but didn't get it quite right. Are there three speaker wires (Left/Center/Right) at least?
You could place the AVR in the utility room, and the set-top box in the family room. Run component video from the set-top to the TV. Run digital audio from the set-top on one of the coax lines back to the AVR. If you want other sources in the family room, like a BD player, pick up a 2010 model player (used/eBay or an Oppo BD93) that has component video outputs. Add a component video switch there, audio back to the AVR, video to the TV.
Remote control of the AVR can be done with a Xantech XtraLink2 laid on top of the incoming coax feed. Unless you're using a non-SWM satellite setup (just don't do that - use SWM if you're going with DirecTV).
Also, if useful, there is a CAT5e line running from the UR to FAM2 and another from FAM2 to FAM1.
Oh, you've got cat5e... That's the most useful cable in the whole mix! You should have said that earlier. . With one cat5 from the utility room to FAM2 and then to FAM1, you can just place everything in the utility room, and use an HDBaseT solution to get HDMI from the AVR (all sources switched through the AVR) to the TV. Get the ~$200 version from Monoprice and that will give you an IR solution and Ethernet in that room as well...