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Raw Cable or Face Plate

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Is there a preference between leaving the cable end coming out of the ceiling for the projector and in the rack area vs terminating cables with face plates and then using shorter cables from the face plate to the projector or component?

Is there signal degradation using the face plates? If so how much typically?

Trying to figure out how many face plates / cables I need to order.
post #2 of 9
i prefer faceplates just because its more organized Monoprice.c0m has the best prices on cables and lots of faceplates.
post #3 of 9
Raw cables with a minimum of connections is always preferred for performance concerns. Faceplate connections provide aesthetic advantages. Your choice.
post #4 of 9
In my theater, I used terminated faceplates for some connections (Sat RG6 connections, sub output). For my speakers and video connections, I ran the cable directly from the sources to the speaker/projector. However, I ran the cable through hooded faceplates that give a finished appearance without forcing you to break the connection between source/speaker/display.

Here's a link to the plates I used:

http://www.hometech.com/techwire/wallplat.html#VA-WPBWW

jj
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
funk,
Thats what I was thinking it looks a little cleaner, and yes monoprice.com is the best deal going for cables and plates.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
ChrisWiggles, (arghhh... that name makes me think of "fruit salad... yummy yummy...")
So it does degrade the signal. So a choice must be made between visual aesthetics and quality of signal.

Does anyone have any idea of how much degradation takes place each time you connect?
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Jeff,
I think I might end up doing something similar to what you did in that I may end up using face plates in some situations (on front of my riser and other places where something isn't "always" plugged in) and straight cable to things that are always being used (projector, speakers, etc). Those hooded face plates are pretty cool. I don't think I have ever seen those before. I just looked at some photos of your theater and the wiring in your closet looks GREAT! I may very well pick up some of those to use with even the raw cable runs.
post #8 of 9
Thanks for the compliment about the wiring. It took most of an entire weekend to disconnect the nest of wires that I had run, and then slowly route, tie, and terminate the cabling one bundle at a time. I think there's somewhere around 200 zip ties holding it all together. I have seen a number of professionally installed racks, and I had a goal to make my wiring look as good as the ones I had seen. The key is to custom terminate cables wherever possible so that you can control the lengths to meet your needs (and don't cut anything shorter than what you may need until you're absolutely certain that you have the correct length).

Sometimes I go into the equipment closet and just stare at my handiwork on the back of the rack. Is that weird?

jj
post #9 of 9
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Sometimes I go into the equipment closet and just stare at my handiwork on the back of the rack. Is that weird?

*rocking back and forth and repeating to myself*

no it's not weird
no it's not weird
no it's not weird
no it's not weird
no it's not weird
no it's not weird
no it's not weird...

Welcome to the hobby!
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