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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-24-2014, 06:28 AM
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Posted By jautor
Lots of better, less expensive choices. And you...

Lots of better, less expensive choices. And you want at least two speakers in every room. The Bose ones are no different - they have two tweeters, but are still a "mono" speaker. They are sold in...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-23-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 214
Posted By jautor
Not sure exactly what you mean by this, but can...

Not sure exactly what you mean by this, but can almost guarantee that the answer is "no" with HDMI...



Cat6 UTP, and multiple runs of it to many locations, is the best bang-for-buck. For...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   10-23-2014, 12:42 PM
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Views: 94
Posted By jautor
Ask the mods to move your thread to the Home AV...

Ask the mods to move your thread to the Home AV Distribution forum...

You should be concentrating on the pre-wiring, and worry about gear later.

Do a lot of reading in that forum, then you'll...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-23-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By jautor
No, it's a copyright thing... They can't do what...

No, it's a copyright thing... They can't do what you're suggesting, as they'd get sued from every direction. But yes, if they could, it could just be an "app" to stream content from your digital...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-22-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 157
Posted By jautor
You should fix the latch on the back door. And...

You should fix the latch on the back door. And buy some decent liquor. :D



Assuming it was wired for the most flexibility (which given the evidence, is likely), the speaker wires are also...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-22-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 66
Posted By jautor
It's just a source loop output, a line level copy...

It's just a source loop output, a line level copy of whatever device you plugged into the input. But it's not a zone output. There no volume control (fixed level output).
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-21-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 293
Posted By jautor
I am, in fact, a broken record... :D

I am, in fact, a broken record... :D
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-21-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 157
Posted By jautor
Ah, ok, that's easy - the green wires are for the...

Ah, ok, that's easy - the green wires are for the zones - whole house audio. And the white wires (which looked like coax in the picture) are really the 5.1 speaker wires for the family room.


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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-21-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By jautor
Anything we call a "DVR" today could turn into a...

Anything we call a "DVR" today could turn into a media server with little or no hardware cost added. Software is mostly there, or could have been easily purchased (codecs, network stacks). The...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-21-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 157
Posted By jautor
The green wires are your speakers, and at least...

The green wires are your speakers, and at least one of them appears to be labeled (right under the zip-tie). Strip the un-labled wire back enough to get a bare conductor, and scrape a 9V battery...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-21-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By jautor
The JustAddPower solution is great for commercial...

The JustAddPower solution is great for commercial uses, but as it's not bit-perfect (and I don't recall if it supports DTS-MA / DD+), the scale it provides generally isn't necessary for residential...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-21-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 293
Posted By jautor
I would run a cat5e/6 in parallel so he could use...

I would run a cat5e/6 in parallel so he could use IP cameras in the future... Yes, lots of other ways to get there, but pre-wire is the cheapest by far. You could use the cat5 for power for the...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-21-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 293
Posted By jautor
Make sure in that case that you buy 'coupler'...

Make sure in that case that you buy 'coupler' keystones to use those pre-made cables. Most keystones will use a punchdown behind the jack - you need the F/F coupler types.

Those cables may be...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-21-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 293
Posted By jautor
And spending your friend's money???? ...

And spending your friend's money????



Electrical (romex) won't interfere with digital transmissions. Shielded cables must be terminated properly and they use more expensive connectors - if...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-21-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 293
Posted By jautor
Why are you running shielded cat6? That's...

Why are you running shielded cat6? That's overkill, and difficult to handle and terminate properly. And you should not be running any cat3 (phone wire) for any reason. Run cat5e instead for any...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   10-21-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 233
Posted By jautor
Figure out your desired seating plan (how many,...

Figure out your desired seating plan (how many, what types), then add space for aisles to get the minimum room width (which is usually the lacking dimension). You will want at least 9-10' (minimum)...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-20-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 215
Posted By jautor
Yeah, and I'm embarrassed for you, too. :D :eek:...

Yeah, and I'm embarrassed for you, too. :D :eek:



Very possible, and also HDBaseT gear is not cheap, so if you have enough wiring in place (or can easily add it), it's a less-expensive...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-20-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By jautor
Because you're mixing audio with video... ...

Because you're mixing audio with video...

Audio is easy. Video is hard primarily because of copyright protection in the digital world... The cat was out of the bag on digital audio too early, so...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   10-19-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 600
Posted By jautor
How many people do you really need to seat...

How many people do you really need to seat "comfortably"?

With the bathroom door in the back, that really interferes with a riser design. You could simply avoid the riser altogether, go with a...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-19-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 138
Posted By jautor
There are plenty of threads here that go into...

There are plenty of threads here that go into great detail on the choices available for whole house audio (WHA) systems. You'll probably find all of your questions already answered if you do some...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-19-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 83
Posted By jautor
Yes, you can plug any audio device into any open...

Yes, you can plug any audio device into any open RCA (line level) analog input on the GC. You only need to use the GC software and change the configuration if the previous installer disabled the...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-19-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 138
Posted By jautor
It's possible, but the cost and effort, along...

It's possible, but the cost and effort, along with the limitations you'd have when you get done - say it's not the best solution.

Look instead at a whole-house audio (WHA) system with an app for...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-19-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 215
Posted By jautor
Without knowing what your goals are, that's a big...

Without knowing what your goals are, that's a big assumption.

Also, are you not running RG6 coax to the rooms? Or were you just listing the cat6 here? Coax should be run to every TV outlet...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-19-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 51,318
Posted By jautor
Do you have any other wires in place between...

Do you have any other wires in place between those two locations that are not in use? Converters can be used to transmit the SPDIF signal over coax or cat5...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   10-18-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 238
Posted By jautor
Grab any original manufacturer's remote for one...

Grab any original manufacturer's remote for one of your devices under control, install the transmitter battery, then see if that works (1) by itself pointed at the device directly, and then (2)...
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