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That's a neat unit... I hadn't seen it before. It looks like the IR receiver is made to take signal from a remote and doesn't' have the 1/8" jack you'll need to connect into the CAV so I don't think it's a very good fit.
How long is the CAT5 run is between the HT and the CAV. IR signal should really be run over shielded cable, but if this distance isn't over 40-60ft, it may work to run the IR right over the CAT5 by just soldering a 1/8" jack on two wires at one end and then a 1/8" plug on the other to create basically a long (CAT5) IR extension cable.
Depending on how many coax and CAT5 runs you have available between the HT and CAV you have the following options:
Option #1 -Use 2 CAT5 cables: One for the IR as described above if it's short enough to work and the second with an audio/video balun.
Option #2 -Use 3 coax: One for video, one for left audio, one for right audio and then use the channel vision IR-4500 or similar to send IR over the video coax (no baluns needed).
Option #3 -Use 3 coax and 1 CAT5: Video and Left & Right audio over the coax, and then IR over one pair of wires in the CAT5 as described in the first option provided it's short enough to work.
***Option 2 should work without issue, the other two you won't know if IR will work over the CAT5 until you try.