Originally Posted by michaeldowling83
Hello everyone. I am new to the forums and don't have extensive knowledge of a/v specifics. I did some searching prior to posting this but please let me know if this has been posted before or should be posted somewhere else.
I would like to set up my entire house with a centralized a/v system. I have 3 bedrooms, 1 office, and the usual kitchen, living room, dining room, breakfast nook, and back porch. What I am envisioning is to have all the components (Directv boxes, XBox, Computer, Blu-ray, etc. in one closet and be able to access them on any tv in the house and control from any room in the house and from a master location.
Do you plan to have a TV hooked up to the central AV system in each one of these rooms? One way to mitigate cost is to decide on which TV's are most important and have them able to access each one of the sources through the central system. Auxillary TV's, ones that you will typically only watch cable/sat, can each have their own STB, often times even behind the TV. This will save on central equipment and the remotes to control the system. Maybe each one of your TV's is critical viewing, only you can decide that, but it's something to consider because this isn't really cheap.
I haven't been able to find much describing the necessary components or wiring. I have read a lot about using cat5 wiring but I'm not sure how that works in regards to connecting to the tv's and speakers.
Wiring: When I am consulting I usually advise 2 Cat6 + 2 RG-6 to each location. This will allow you to utilize either local STB's or connect to your central matrix with the Cat6. It also provides the oppurtunity for an audio return via the RG-6. This is overkill but the most flexible. Realistically you can get away with 1 Cat6, but at min I suggest 2 so that you don't have to use HDBT for ethernet/control which adds a lot of expense.
The only way I have been able to think of designing it (which I know has to be the worst way possible) is to have a stack of receivers (1 for each location) and having each component run into splitters that disburse to each receiver. Then having IR extender/wall plates to manage the remotes.
If you mean AVR's, please don't do this! You can use a product like the Atlona UHD-PRO3-HD66M which can de-embed your audio and put into your WHA system. Or, you can use a matrix that doesn't provide de-embedding and use the RG-6 with a DAC and the optical output of the TV (don't use the stereo output, it's terrible). Either way, that stack of receivers is either going to be a nightmare to control because they are cheap or they will be even more expensive than the matrix I'm suggesting. There's Monoprice stuff available, but that's not my in my realm of expertise. This situation calls for an HDBT matrix with receivers on the TV end of it, if it ends up being too expensive I suggest changing the plan instead of trying to find a way around it.
Could someone help me with the parts necessary to complete what I want and any helpful tips on wiring. I am fairly handy and have a decent sense of how wiring works. Just lack on any in depth or specific cable types that would be needed.
I mean, this is a dead setup for a shameless plug, but I'll avoid it.
Here's my wiring standards
that I use for my consulting jobs. You'll have to adapt it to your situation. Sorry for the HTML use instead of a PDF, but I kept the PDF off the website for SEO
purposes. All the info is there though and it's good info.
has a point about HDBT and 4k. Currently most HDBT products are rated 10-12GB/s. This bandwidth can pass 4K 4:2:0 24hz or something to that affect, 4K HDR 4:4:4 60hz doesn't really exist content wise, and I doubt even hardware wise (except kaleidescape, which is awesome). That could change soon though, but I'm not banking on it. I'm sure we'll see some 18 GB/s products at CEDIA this year, but we won't know until September. This shouldn't change your wiring any, I expect full 18 Gb/s over Cat6, but I don't know for sure. Maybe stub conduit to accessible locations (attics, mech rooms) so that you could pull whatever you need to later. I'm going to be honest I've only ever done one job with fiber and I didn't do the terminations.
To manage price you should consider the importance of each display and what sources it's able to receive. There's going to be some middle ground on having everything available everywhere and using some equipment, though in the central rack, to only play to one or two displays.
Control will be another important question. I suggest you go with a professional product unless you really really want to learn lots of stuff. I'm biased though because that's I eat by programming systems. Here's my product of choice.
Either way you go, pro or diy, I would definitely suggest having a full plan before finishing your pre-wire. It's not that it'll change the wiring all that much, but you might pick up on a few wires you missed, and you should always be working towards one end result anyway.
I hope this helps you!