Originally Posted by Rubics
Do you mean I have to run the cat6 cables straight to the matrix? All my cat6 cables end in a Leviton structure wire box (by the way rated cat5e) in my closet. Can I use patch cables to connect to the matrix?
As stated, you may use patch cables to take them to your matrix as necessary. These are no longer going to be Ethernet cables at all, but will be used exclusively, and solely as HD-Base-T cables.
Your other options are to use component video baluns and take audio/video over the cat cables to various rooms and pick up a component video matrix switch. The component video 8x8 matrix can be had for under $300 on eBay and represents a remarkable value for your money, but will limit you in many ways in terms of quality and since it will be analog, it will be far more susceptible to noise and interference.
Search on eBay for "Extron Crosspoint" to find some solid analog A/V matrix switchers.
Yes, HD-Base-T is expensive right now, and likely will remain expensive for years to come as the technology continues to progress and change.