Ok, I'm a n00b when it comes to home a/v distribution, but have been reading the forums for a little while now to try and get an understanding. When me and the wife begin house hunting, I'd love to incorporate a whole home a/v distribution system. Being that we don't have the home yet, this thread will serve more to ask general questions to make sure I'm understanding how it all comes together so that as we house hunt I am keeping all the logistics of what I am going to want straight, and more importantly what equipment will be needed to make it all work.
First question: HDMI MATRIX
I'm having trouble grasping the HDMI Matrix. So lets say I am going to have a dedicated theater, a tv in a master bedroom, tv in a spare bed room, and maybe one more video source somewhere in the house. So if I'm thinking correctly I would need at least a 4x4 matrix to connect all the displays. The part I am having trouble with wrapping my head around is the audio/components that will be hooked to all the displays.
Using the above scenario lets say the home theater will have 7.1 audio. The master will use have 5.1, and the spare bed room/additional will be stereo. I'd assume that 2 AVRs would be needed. One for the HT and one for the MB. Assuming the AVR has 2/3 zone control that should take care of the stereo audio to the other 2 video sources.
Now the part that keeps driving me nuts is the connecting of the components such as Cable Boxes, Blu-Ray player and Audio device (ala a PC). I figure all would have to be connected to the matrix to distribute the video source. But how would the audio work? If there are 2 AVRs, then I's assume that each component would have to be connected to each AVR as well but I'm not certain exactly how that would work
I'm hoping that I am at least on the right track with this, but If i am completely off on this please help point me in the right direction. This may also be a very simple answer and I am really over thinking things.... if thats the case please be gentle, haha
I appreciate everyone's help, patience, and suggestions! I'll continue to update and ask questions as they come to me, and hopefully this will all lead to me posting a final home a/v distribution system in the near future!