Hi, I'm new here and I'm wondering if you can help me out.
Basically, I'm looking to install a 2.1 theatre set up, which I will later upgrade to a 5.1 system. Over the course of a few months I have been racking my brain over how to install everything. Oddly enough, I have audio engineering background so I'm not unfamiliar with the gear, but when it comes to home theater installations and my home I have absolutely no experience. And this current configuration is leaving me completely stumped with how to install this successfully.
Problem starts with the pre-existing fireplace unit as such:
As you can see the cavity in the upper section is built for the older CRT style TVs. As a result, what I'm wanting to do is block off the upper section and mount my 46" plasma and place a receiver, apple tv, blueray and Wii in the lower section. There is power and coaxial cable installed into the cavity, so everything is great there. But where I'm completely stumped is how to run the audio speaker lines. I would like to keep everything contained in the walls, but how do I manage this when this unit looks almost as bad as escaping the alcatraz?
Secondly, there are some cables installed which I'm completely unfamiliar with within the cavity. I was hoping that maybe some of you viewing this thead might know what they are and why they're there.
Within the blue cables there are much smaller color coded gauge wire. Looks like the wire used for serial computer cables.
These RCA cables are running down into the lower section of the fireplace unit. I'm completely confused as to what these are for, but seeing them marked A red/A white, B red/B white, etc., I'm assuming they're for difference audio sources (?). But I have no idea where these cables are leading to and why.
As for installing the speaker wire (if its possible to get past the fireplace unit) I was thinking that maybe running the wires through the basement as there is a floating ceiling giving me pretty good access. Are there any pitfalls doing it this way? I can only imagine how difficult it would be to try to run wire against gravity and insulation resisting it.
Anyhow, I think this is about it. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Hopefully this is doable. Actually really hope it is as this is a smaller space and locating the receiver away from the TV would be very unfortunate. Anyways, thanks for looking!