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post #1 of 3 Old 12-12-2012, 04:06 PM - Thread Starter
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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)

Living 2
Kitchen (both off same box, they are next to each other)

Master

Living 3

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.

--or---

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?
1) network
2,3) HDMI 1
4,5) HDMI 2
6) IR Repeater?


---- or---

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!

Thoughts?
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Read lots of threads here, and the CocoonTech wiring your house Wiki:

http://www.cocoontech.com/wiki/Wiring_Your_New_House_101

Wire the house for centralized audio/video distribution, even if you don't plan to use it. For some of the "shortcuts" you mentioned above, they can be accomplished by cross connecting rooms at your central hub (instead of running wires from room to room).

When I built my house ~4 years ago, I knew the future would be "wall mounted flat panels", so I had recessed wall boxes installed in many rooms (and have retrofitted a few since). Takes some planning, but certainly makes for clean installs - and you can put blank plates (and a picture frame!) on any unused locations.

Run lots of cable, to lots of places. It's dirt cheap now, much more expensive later. I don't know anyone that's ever wished they ran less wire... biggrin.gif

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Thanks for the information man!! Will dig through that Wiki.

I was thinking if I put the amp in the closet, but want to keep the HTPC out.. I am going to need another 2 set of HDMI runs. yikes.

Think I might find a way to put it all in the closet, and maybe through a USB outlet near the TV that is accessible for watching videos that are not already on the HTPC or network. hmmm..

lots of copper!
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