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Home Media Control Room (Custom Patch Bay) Questions

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Background

This may be obscure, but we have a small media room/second living room in our new home that will be my headquarters. I use a three monitor setup and a 55 inch LED TV with a Monoprice 4x4 HDMI matrix so that I can use my my server, xbox, gaming pc and cable on any screen in the room. I want to extend this concept to every room in the house including patio, kitchen, main living room, bedrooms, etc.

The Idea

I can use the Zone 2 output on my receiver and the front, surround and surround back outputs to get audio to 4 rooms total with the extended stereo setting for entertaining. So I want to be able to switch from using my receiver as a 5.1 hub in the game room to running 2.0 in 4 different rooms. I can also get an HDMI over Cat 6 4X4 matrix for the rest of the home.

My Question

My question is if anyone has made or ordered a custom patch bay panel that is bigger or higher quality than a 3 gang wall plate. I'd like to have 42 banana plugs, 8 HDMI ports, 4 Cat 6 jacks and maybe a power outlet with USB. That would allow me to patch between using 5.1 in the game room and sending stereo to the game room plus 3 other rooms. This site will let you build exactly what I want, but it's very pricey. Does anyone have any experience with a concept like this and have any suggestions/photos of what resulted. Picture below of the built in shelf that will house the receiver/router/xbox/ouya/cable/etc. This patch bay setup will also go there. I'm also open to buying a nice 3U rack and running cables through single gang grommets and then patching them all into a custom rack interface.

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Edited by wondermoose - 4/28/13 at 6:40pm
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If you can avoid it, don't patch HDMI cables or HDMI extender category cables. Use pass-through plates for those. The fewer connections, the better, for HDMI.

If you want to use a rack mount solution for patches, you can get populated or unpopulated 19" rack mount panels, for binding posts.



You could install a flush-mount, recessed low voltage enclosure in the drywall, and use whatever you want to patch speaker cables inside that, e.g. terminal strips. Once the cables are patched, you would never really need to get into the enclosure again, so easy access isn't really necessary.





Terminal blocks (often rail mount) are another option for patching speaker cables, where the appearance isn't important (inside the enclosure), but they're generally pricey unless you buy used/ebay.



You can use Quickport/keystone Decora plates, or 19" rack-mount keystone plates, with the binding post inserts.



The more you dig, the more options you'll find.
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