Folks - I need some input on av wiring. Picture 3 below shows a small closet that will be adjacent to the theater room. Picture 4 shows under the stairs accessible space in the front of the room. Picture 1 shows the beams in the ceiling running from right of the room to the left of the room. I need to determine where to put the A/v equipment - in the closet next to the water heater or in the under the stairs space. If I choose the under the stairs space I cannot get wiring to it as the space under the stairs is sheet rocked. So I will need to find some way to drill through the sheet rock. Additionally I will need to make holes in the ceiling beams to run the wire from back to the front of the room. It already has a number of holes where the old owner put in some wires. So I am worried if I will sacrifice structural integrity. If I choose the closet on the left of the room, I could run some wires parallel to the beams using low voltage Staples and some would need to go through the beams. However I will run into issues in using a conduit for projector wiring because it will need to run straight from projector to middle of the room and then take a left turn to make it to the closet and running conduits at 90 degree is a bad idea. Any thoughts on the right way to wire this room?
In terms of wiring this is what I am thinking of doing. Any additions?
1. Run speaker wires for 5.1 set up.
2. Run HDMI cables and two cat 6s to the projector.
3. Run one Ethernet cable from modem upstairs to equipment rack.
The room is small enough that I may not need a seven channel or overhead Atmos. Also is there a reason to run redundant wiring as in use two speaker wires instead of one for each speaker in case one goes bad? Audioholics recommends a 4 conductor wire. It's a bit too late now as I just came upon this yesterday as I have already purchased a 14-2 from monoprice.
I also read last night on audioholics to run romex between the projector and the av rack so that ups or something else can be used at the equipment rack. Is this necessary instead of just an outlet where the projector will be?
Also how easy is speaker wiring? An av guy will do it for $500. Should I hire out or attempt myself?
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