I don't mind having systems both upstairs and downstairs, it's mostly a problem that you have to go to a specific location to watch something, depending upon where it was recorded for example. So even if the equipment still resides in different parts of the house I'd like to be able to watch it without going to the room it's in. On the first pass I'd like to have:
Downstairs: TV, 1 A/V Reciever, 1 DirectTV Tivo, 1 VCR,
1 DVD/LD, 1 CD player
Upstairs (library): TV, 1 A/V Receiver, 1 SA Tivo, 1 VCR, 1 CD player
Upsatirs (bedroom): TV
I'd like to be able to watch for example, what was recorded on the upstairs Tivo, downstairs if I want, or vice versa. And watch/listen to any of it in the bedroom. This doesn't collapse all the hardware but it at least moves some of it from the bedroom into the library.
As for no attic - there isn't any crawl space in the entire house. Not even a teeny-tiny section in the roof. And since it's a townhouse the walls have firebreaks in the outside walls which makes running anything in them really difficult. So cables showing is what've got now and we're able to cope with that (most of them are outside).
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