Originally Posted by nicholsps
3- Curious to the above post that said that DTV has a distribution system. If I'm not mistaken, if you're talking about the Whole Home system, you still need to have boxes at all locations. I was trying to eliminate the clutter and mess at all locations.
Yes, the whole home system, but there are new client boxes (C31) that can be tucked behind the TV, and 2011/2012 Samsung TVs (some models) have the RVU client built-in, so no external hardware is required.
That shouldn't change your wiring, though, as you'll want to prepare for the day you switch providers. But if you're going down the JustAddPower path, adding another source or two won't change your total cost much. But for primary spaces, you'll want a dedicated, local BD player, too.
After reading the replies, it seems as though some might not recommend the video distribution but instead just the audio portion.
Video distribution is going through a lot of change and new product cycles - with streaming video directly to the display, RVU setups and the like, it's worth figuring out how much you really need, as a lot can change in this area in the not too distant future. But again, get that wiring right!
What would be best way to distribute video say from the Master BR or from the Great Room, say out to the patio or a TV in the garage? It almost sounds as though you recommend do a 4X4 box and just distribute to a few TV possibly instead of doing 9. True?
If you go the JustAddPower route, a source can be anywhere on the network. But do you really mean to have sources in those rooms you want to send elsewhere? Unless you mean placing the BD player(s) in those locations for the local TV, and splitting the outputs to a become a JustAddPower source - that would be a good way to do it...
The suggestions to get into a 4x4 (or maybe a pair of them, sharing some sources) or a 4x8 is that the cost of those matrix products is significantly less expensive than an 8x8 or bigger.
If anyone has a great DIY suggestion as to what is best system to do what I'm looking, even scaled down, I'm down for suggestions.
I skipped all the hassles of HDMI distribution and continue to use Component video, with local BD players in key areas. Super reliable, glitch-free, and (relatively) inexpensive...