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We have a TV above our fireplace, but the cable box and DVD player are on a stand next to the fireplace. We’d like to move the cable box and DVD player on to a shelf in the coat closet about 25 feet away. To facilitate this, we’ll need two electrical tasks completed: a new outlet added to the wall behind the TV and a connection added to the wall behind the TV running to the coat closet. I think these will both be doable with a bunch of snaking through the wall (not easy though).

The goals for the project are to hide all the current devices and cords connecting to the TV, do it in a way that I can easily add new devices in the future, and do it relatively inexpensively (not adding any audio components or other optional devices at this time). Here’s where I have some questions.

For the connection running from the TV to the coat closet, should I just use a single HDMI cable? If so, should I route all of my devices through a receiver in the coat closet which would output to this single HDMI cable? The HDMI cable should be able to be run along the ceiling in the basement and snaked up around the chimney to make the connection. Would there be any reason to run a second HDMI cable or any other cables? Any suggestions on a receiver to purchase? I’d like to get something that isn’t real expensive which can facilitate my current devices (cable box and DVD player), but also has capabilities to support other devices in the future.

Once all my devices are in the closet and connected, what’s the best way to control them remotely? Should I get an infrared repeater and try to use the existing remotes for each device? If so, any recommendations on a unit? Or, should I get an RF modulator? If getting an RF modulator, should I get a universal remote to control everything? Any concerns with a universal remote not accounting for all functionality associated with each device? Any recommendations on an RF modulator unit or universal control?

Thanks for the advice!
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I would run a HDMI connection to the TV, and pull sound through a Sound bar, for when you are not using the AV receiver, and if wanting sound through the AVRS, use it as the switcher. So from the closet, you would have two Coax runs for Sound for the Sound Bar if you decide to go that route, One HDMI, which can either be a pre-terminated HDMI cable, or Cat-6. Switch everything through the AVRS if you go how I did below.

I have my Blu-ray only sending sound through our Denon 1612, since I only wanted to use our Sound Bar, when watching tv programming, that is not Sports or movies. I have basically a stereo cable for sound from our UVerse DVR to the Sound bar, a single HDMI from the AVRS to the TV, DVR & BD through the AVRS for routing.
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If you're able, I'd run a 2nd cable as well. It's always good to have a backup in case of any failure either now or down the road.

As far as remote control - I've had very good success with the Logitech RF remotes. They use an RF base station that sits in the closet and communicates with the devices over IR. The remote then communicates to the base station over RF, making line of sight a non-issue.

Just about any receiver today should offer multiple HDMI inputs and auto switching between devices. Essentially, you'd have a single HDMI from the receiver to the television, and then each device would run HDMI from itself to the receiver. I'd have to check, but would think you could fit the bill in the $500 and under range, if not cheaper.
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