In my current home I have various TVs, with boxes at each. The main living area has a HTPC, and my 5.1 surround system. Pretty basic, no hidden wires etc.
I am building a new home. This is my game plan:
TVs will be here:
Living 1 (will also have 5.1 system, HTPC)
Outside (both off the same cable box, and near each other, will also have 2 channel stereo for music off same 5.1 system as a separate zone)
Kitchen (both off same box, they are next to each other)
I also have a home theater room, but due to budget it will be empty on initial build (will wire, thats it)
The Living 1, because of the HTPC and 5.1 will have equipment in it anyway, so that cable box can be on my AV table I use now if needed, and I can wire in-wall for audio and HDMI to outside.
The rest of the installs I can run in-wall HDMI to a corner of each room, where I can tuck equipment away and use repeaters.
Does it make sense to put all of the boxes in a AV closet, with all the HDMI running to it so I can switch/etc as desired? I also wont be stuck with putting certain furniture in certain areas where drops are for the boxes. Obviously I would have long runs of CAT6 to handle all the HDMI all over the place in the walls. HTPC will probably stay in the living area, so I can fiddle with USB ports, etc.
Not sure what is the "normal" way to do it...
Just to make sure I have this right.. if I want two HDMI channels and a network drop at a location, I will end up with 6 Cat 5 runs?
2,3) HDMI 1
4,5) HDMI 2
6) IR Repeater?
Put wall recesses in where each TV is, and mount the box flat against the wally (slightly sunk into the recesses), and I dont have to run the HDMI or repeater runs!