Ross, thanks for the tips on getting analog to the SC-68 from the Apple TV and the PS3.
To control the PS3 remotely I plan to use a PS3IR-1000 Wireless Infra-red Adapter for PlayStation 3 (USA Kit) (from Amazon for $100. It gets 5 stars)
I appreciate the warning about using the SC-68 for speaker wire, but I have great speaker cable from the SC-68 to my surround sound speakers in the living room. So, I'm not intending to use the Cat6 for speaker cables.
However, I was thinking of using the SC-68's outputs to:
Zone-1 HDMI output to send video to the Octava, and then having the Octava send that video signal over Cat6 to my Samsung in the living room where the surround speakers are (wired directly to the binding posts of the SC-68 using good speaker cable). That is the way I have it set up now, and that part is working fine.
Zone-2 to House speakers
Zone-3 to Bedroom speakers
Zone-4 to send HDMI to the Octava, and from there to the 7 other TVs in the house.
The big problem I'm having is getting feeding HDMI to the other 7 TVs so that two users can access different sources at the same time on different TVs (Say one watching channel 4 in the bedroom, and one watching channel 222 in the office). This means getting one additional link between the sources and the Octava.
Since That's why I'm thinking of the equivalent of 8-Inx2-Out HDMI Matrix switch. But 8-Inx2-Out HDMI Matrix switches apparently don't exist. To get 8 inputs in one matrix It looks like I'd have to upgrade to an 8-Inx8-out, which would cost upwards of $2,000. So instead I was thinking of using two 4-Inx2-out matrix switches to get all the inputs I want, and these would cost $350 each. (Monoprice 4X4 True Matrix HDMI Powered Switch w/ Remote, Rev. 3.0, available at Amazon.).
All the sources (cable boxes, PS3s, etc,) would feed into the the 8 inputs on the Matrix. Each 4x2 Matrix would output to:
1. The SC-68 (which would be dedicated to the Living room Zone 1, and (deck/house speakers via Zone 2 & 3).
2. The Octava to supply source material to the 7 TVs for a second user
(This is needed when Zone 1 isn't being used, but there are two users wanting access to different sources in different areas of the house. In this instance, one source would come from
Zone 4, and the second source would come from the
-I get to use the SC-68 for what it is best - as a sound processor/amp for my Zone 1 surround system.
-Costs about $700 - I can get a second surround receiver for less than that.
-Switching nightmare. I will have to program multiple custom macros into my remotes to control the HDMI switches and the Octava. Remotes are a different problem altogether. I like the Harmony Ulimate touch because it can be programed by computer and the programs easily cloned; but it has a lousy hard-key layout. I like the URC R-50 for its hard-key layout and macros... but it seems like a bear to program... especially if I want multiple remotes around the house.
btw, I love the Octava. It is relatively inexpensive and works extremely well carrying HDMI over Cat6 for long distances. Also, their customer support has been amazingly prompt and helpful.