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I will throw out that if you are building and looking at things, you want to discuss, in length, wiring and look at your wiring needs.
Video modulation of HD content over coax is great. It solves the problem of the home which is 10+ years old and ONLY has coax run to all the TVs in the place, but it comes with a huge caveat... It can't deal with HDMI. Oh, and yeah, they're expensive. They make a lot of sense when there are a bunch of TVs and not a ton of channels which need to be tuned. Until the modulators drop in price significantly, which doesn't seem to be likely, these are a pricey option. I think it's about $5,000 to get 3 encoders (3 sources).
Redmere is a BAD idea for behind walls. Period. Redmere uses active electronics, which can fail. You can't replace those active electronics, so if they do fail, the cable is dead.
I, personally, have used the 22AWG cables from Monoprice to distances up to 75 feet without a single issue. I've probably used 30+ of their cables for long haul connections. No issues at all. It's less money, but a thicker cable, but no electronics which can break and can't be replaced.
Still, for any runs of HDMI, you want to include a couple of pieces (or more) of cat-5 or cat-6 cable so that at some point you can upgrade to the 'next generation' of product, which very well may be HDBaseT or some derivative product that comes later.
Yes, with HDBaseT you have a box at the receiving point, but some boxes can receive their power from the sending point (your equipment closet) and the boxes are about 4"x4"x1" - so very easily hidden behind a typical wall mount. If you need more room behind the TV, then you can cut a hole in the wall and put a large wall plate in which can hold the devices as you need them to. Hidden - out of sight, and still working well.
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