Hi all. I've spent some time surfing around on here and on manufactures sites looking for basic information on where to start planning a possible install of av distribution in our house.
First off; wow! I had no idea that there were systems this complex and feature rich. I am a fair ways off deciding the brand of equipment yet. My first step is to try and understand how the heck this stuff all ties together with cabling.
My situation is a 2 storey home with a finished basement and finished ceiling. I may get lucky on some parts of the retrofit as I have access to a very large fireplace chase on the main floor that has access from the basement. My plan is to have the ability to watch TV in multiple rooms without having equipment in every room. Separately from that, I would also like to be able to install a few ceiling mounted speakers throughout the house for music.
So, the real question, and sorry for the stupid question that this will be for most of you on here. What cabling is utilized for the audio and video from the 'receiver' to the TV's? I looked at a home on the weekend that had a distrubted AV system. I noticed a rack in the mechanical room with a few components and a distribution panel. It appeared to be a whole bunch of coaxial cable and Cat5 cabling. However, when I peeked at the back of a TV mounted on a wall, all I could see is Component cabling plugged into the TV.
Is the video signal from the 'receiver' an HDMI signal over a Cat5/6 cable that gets converted at the TV location to a Component or HDMI cable via a magic box at the TV?
Sorry for all the questions. Just trying to find a place to start looking at installing a modern system for our family.