I just moved from an apartment to a house (pre built). I'm rebuilding all my audio/video equipment from the ground up. This is the first "higher end' system I've setup... replacing a 42" Panny plasma and 5.1 satellite surround sound system.
The above picture is the room I'm working (TV/stand is going to be replaced).
- Panasonic 65" VT60 - wall mounted
- Onkyo 818
- Ascend 340SE for LCR - with stands for LR
- Ascend 170 for surround
- Klipsch RW12
- PS4 PS3, I was getting ahead of myself!
- XBOX 360
- Local cable DVR box
If you see the glass doors in the picture, there is a room on the other side of the wall the TV will hang on. My plan is to put all the A/V equipment in that room. So along the wall with the TV will just be the LR 340SE on stands, center 340, and possibly the sub.
Here's where my questions come in...
I want to make the wiring as clean as possible. I plan to run everything thru the Onkyo and a single HDMI to the TV. These are all the wires that I need to run thru the wall between the TV and the A/V equipment:
- speaker wire - 5 speakers total - ability to add 2 more
- RCA for sub - ability to add second sub
- USB hookup - for gaming controllers, at least 2
- HDMI - should I go ahead and run 2???
- Power cable for TV
Now what is the easiest/cleanest/less maintenance way to run the wires thru the wall? Most likely you will be able to see where the wires run into the wall in the A/V room (not a big deal) but where they come out of the wall on the TV side will be hidden by something like a table or the sub/center speaker. These are the options I am considering...
Wall plate from Monoprice http://www.monoprice.com/products/department.asp?c_id=105
I would most likely build my own keystone wall plate since I want USB as well. The wall plate would use banana plugs for all 5 speakers (plus 2 for future), RCA hookup for sub plus one extra and 2 USB. If I go this route, should I make 2 wall plates, one for each side of the wall? Will quality degrade if I do this?
If I use a wall plate on only one side, I could use a brush plate for the other side like this http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-Single-Brush-Plastic-Wall-Plate-White-87697/202699197?N=bm8mZ1z0zugq#.UdLO5fmkqL1
but I doubt it's big enough for all the wires.
I guess my other option is just use a brush plate on both sides of the wall since I don't really care what it looks like since it's hidden on the TV side.
Now that was for all the speaker stuff. The HDMI and TV power cord will go through their own hole since it can run hidden from directly behind the TV. I want to power the TV from the same surge protector as everything else located in the AV room. Is the brush plate on both sides the way to go?
For HDMI, I'd love to use a wall plate but I think I read that HDMI signal can decrease or not even work if it passes through many connectors. I am planning on using Redmere cables from Monoprice. Any issues here? Can I run just the Redmere from the Onkyo to TV and standard HDMI cables everywhere else? Any benefit to running Redmere everywhere?
Any suggestions or other options???
Few other questions: