Originally Posted by yetis
hdmi matrix switches. It seems like Atlona and Wyredstorm are the two best. I see the latest generation seem to avoid the "lowest common denominator" issue.
Uh, I don't think so... What do you see that they've added to get around the common denominator negotiation with the source(s)? They have EDID management, which will allow compatible displays/AVRs on the output side to receive surround formats if configured - but that will mean that stereo-only displays will receive no audio...
With that, which works best dual cat 5/6 or HDBaseT? I suspect the latter, as it passes ir and I believe rs232? This seems a better method than running long runs of hdmi. The alternative is to just have local players?
HDBaseT will be the most reliable of any of the repeater implementations.
Local players are useful for physical media and gaming consoles, for example. And sharing $99 sources on a $2k matrix isn't going to make sense if "cost saving" is the only goal...
Second question : any advice on sound proof drywall? I see one offer rf shielding as well, which I guess wouldn't hurt. I would prefer not to use the double drywall method.
Mass wins. Engineered drywall systems probably perform as well for voice transmission and other noise, but for theater / audio applications, the double drywall + Green Glue seems to test better. Check the Dedicated Theater forum for a wealth of info from Ted at TheSoundproofingCompany...
Finally, I would like to run xlr cables from my av rack to my living room speaker positions, then connecting these to amps, reducing the length of the speaker cables. I will assume the most shielding I can get, is the best option, what is the best way to terminate them, at the wall near the speakers?
I would run speaker wires, if not in place of, then in addition to anything line-level so you and future owners have the option to keep the equipment in the rack.
Actually, one other. If I plan on a projector, what cables should I run, to be absolutely future proof? I know power, then at least two cat6 and then another cat 6.
A flex conduit. Plus 2-3 cat6 and HDMI (depending on the length of the run), all outside the conduit.