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Beginner full project for cheap integrated house audio-video

post #1 of 6
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Hi everyone!

Its nice to find a forum like this.
First of all, sorry for my bad english.
Im from Brazil and i'm new at audio and video stuff.
I've read a lot in the internet and though about this project i plan to do in my house out now I need some help from experienced people.

Im planning to do this cheap integrated system at my house.
May some of you help me solving some doubts?
Thats a long and newbie topic for pros like you but I really need assistance

Here are my plannings in hardware buying and a a photoshoped illustration with some questions:



- Sony BDP-S360 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player - $129.99
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-BDP-S360-.../dp/B001URWAYG

- Sony STR-DH800 7.1-Channel Audio Video Receiver - $214.46
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-STR-DH800.../dp/B001YQ9T8I

- HDMI Matrix 4x4 - $192,64
http://cgi.ebay.com/4X4-True-Matrix-...item335d69eb85

- HDMI Extensor CAT5 - $60
http://cgi.ebay.com/HDMI-DVI-Cat-5-e...item563d446f83

- HDMI Splitter Amplifier - $28,95
http://cgi.ebay.com/1x2-HDMI-Splitte...item20b0e600a9



1) I still don't understanding what is HDMI pass-through, splitter, repeater. The only thing I want is video and audio running in both TV/Projector and home theater system.
2) I'm not a video or audiophile. Will a good entry level receiver as Onkyo TX-SR608 be much better than Sony STR-DH800 for me?
3) Can I run MKV, MP4 or AVI videos with DTS-HD files from PC? Will it also run audio and video in the others devices connected to the HMI matrix without the receiver?
4) Will my PC VGA (9500GT 1GB) output video and audio through its HDMI OUT port?
5) Will a regular 15 meters (50 feet) HDMI cable output the PC signal to HDMI Matrix at 1080p?
6) Will this HDMI 1x2 for TV and Projector plugged in the Matrix 4x4 output work?
7) Does this HDMI CAT5 extensor really run at acceptable quality for 720p or 1080p in a 50 meters (150 feet) distance?
8) Is there a radio remote controller for Sky HD or Blu-ray player I could use anywhere in my house (50 feet range, even through walls)? Any solution for this?


I hope to find some light with you guys
Thank you very much!
post #2 of 6
Thread Starter 
please help
i know there are many questions but i will only start buying after evaluation
if someone know the answers for some question, please tell me, dont have to answer to them all
thanks
post #3 of 6
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post #4 of 6
I'll take a shot at a couple of your questions to get you started:

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Originally Posted by PhilipeBR View Post

1) I still don't understanding what is HDMI pass-through, splitter, repeater. The only thing I want is video and audio running in both TV/Projector and home theater system.

HDMI pass through is typically a feature of an A/V receiver - HDMI pass through just means that HDMI input(s) are passed through to the output without change (vs. doing any kind of up conversion, or taking non-HDMI input and converting them to HDMI output).

An HDMI splitter would take one HDMI input and copy the output to more than one HDMI outputs (sounds like what you'd need).

An HDMI repeater extends the distance that the HDMI signal can travel, for long runs.

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Originally Posted by PhilipeBR View Post

8) Is there a radio remote controller for Sky HD or Blu-ray player I could use anywhere in my house (50 feet range, even through walls)? Any solution for this?

There are IR extender solutions that can be extended over CAT5 cabling for long distances - here's one example:

http://www.hot-link.com/pages/produc...id=1&mrchid=11
post #5 of 6
I haven't seen many posts on this board detailing what you are attempting to do. Most of us run signals between different rooms in the house, but typically we have source components in each room. For instance, I have files on my office computer that I watch in the theater. The files come from my office, but all of the A/V gear is in the theater...

Looking at your diagram, I am less than confident that you can pull off your goal. But I am no expert.

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by PhilipeBR View Post

please help
i know there are many questions but i will only start buying after evaluation
if someone know the answers for some question, please tell me, dont have to answer to them all
thanks


A lot of people on AVS Forum have helped me in the past, so let me see if I can return the favor...

We have a full-house A/V system which has a theater and (currently) 6 HDTVs / amp / speakers that can get any of 15 inputs throughout the house. In the theater the number of inputs grows higher. So, I think we have the larger-scale version of what you are trying to do.

The switchers and the remote controls are the key. I don't see your remote controls listed in the diagram (although I may have missed something). Also, it proved to be much cheaper (when cable costs were included) to do the distribution with component outputs rather than HDMI. This also reduced the chances that HDMI would prevent you from watching a video due to handshaking problems. The disadvantage is that some upcoming PPV (which we don't use) and 3D TV require HDMI. However, visually (at least to me) good component video and HDMI are indistinguishable and component is easier to work with - particularly when running cables through a wall.

It's also been recently reinforced to me that cooling is really really needed where the equipment is located. When our A/C is on, everything is fine. When the A/C is off, the air stagnates. That is one area I should have put more time/money/vents into when I started this project.

Your cabling budget can be significant. We used Monoprice for cables and that was a help. I'm not sure if they deliver to Brazil.

Overall I think the biggest thing missing is a remote control solution - don't forget to include remote control of the switchers. BTW, there is no third party RF (that I'm aware of) solution that will talk via RF directly to a piece of equipment. We all use RF universal remotes that then talk to a box which translates the RF into IR or RS-232 to the equipment in question, or the second solution which is an IR repeater in each remote room.
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