In a nutshell which way would you go? Ramblings below...
Thanks to DirectTVs recent implementation of HDCP (it is what it is, live with it), I'm now looking for a HDMI or HDBaset matrix for my home. Not going to add additional receivers or other options from DTV for reasons I won't get into now.
Searching for a reliable setup, I came across Atlona and Gefen. Atlona is very $$$, Gefen not as bad. Atlona has a 10 year warranty, wow! Tells you something about their quality, no? Of course you're paying for the warranty in the price. Gefen warranty is 2 years (I think?) and a brand I am familiar with, although I don't own any of their products, probably due to price, LOL. But no HDCP 2.2.
Reading on the Atlona website, I see their spec for 4K video cable lengths (in/out) is only 3 meters (~15' on their (not yet released) HDMI matrix (AT-UHD-H2H-44M
Way too short for my home.
Atlona,s AT-UHD-PRO3-44M http://atlona.com/product/at-uhd-pro3-44m/
is not out yet either, and I don't see lengths mentioned in the specs. So I'm wondering if 4K over HDBaset will offer the lengths most of us need to distribute content throughout our homes.
History: Late 90's - future-proofing - hah!, I ran 2 RG-6 and 2 Cat5e's to each location.The RG6 is worthless for what I need today. Luckily I installed conduit to most locations (3 story house - challenging for conduit). BTW: If you want to "future proof", forget about the cable technology of the day and make sure each location has at least 1" or larger conduit, now you are future proofed (topic for another discussion).
Why Atlona? Not at all thrilled about the premium price, but they have a 10 year warranty. That says something. Can't tell you how many reviews I've read where the (name your brand/model) craps out in a few months or a year. As of this writing, Atlona has the only matrix with 2.2HDCP (that I have found) and that is very important if you care about 4k (future-proofing HAH!).
By the way I also inquired about Gefen products via their web contact link. Very impressed with Gefen, if only for their responsiveness. They replied to my email within a couple of hours, for that I give them an A+. If a manufacturer replies that fast, that says alot. However, the Gefen currently does not have 2.2 HDCP. If I am going to pay a premium, I want the latest HDCP for 4K (HDCP 2.2) even if I don't have any 4k equipment today.
We're all trying to stay ahead of the curve. Good luck with that! LOL