Originally Posted by Otto Pylot
Conduit is the ONLY way to future proof your cabling because as video standards continue to evolve, and connection technology lags behind, the chances of changing cable in the future is highly likely, hence to use of a conduit (with a pull string for future pulls). You can also install some coax, solid core CAT-6 or 7 (non-CCA and not CAT-6 ethernet patch cable) cabling, etc for "just in case" down the road.
Yes, hybrid fiber cables are expensive, and the Ruipro8k cables (HDMI 2.1 tested) should be released soon. If you do go with the Ruipro cables, or any other cable for that matter, lay it out on the floor and test it thoroughly before installing in-wall. And be mindful of bend radius. The link is the current hybrid fiber cable from Ruipro.
My speculation is that:
1. SDVoE will arrive soon with the sale of Valens SDVoE switches and years before HDMI 2.1 is a reality
2. SDVoE allows 18GBPS IP protocol to be distributed 100 meters from existing 4K HDR players
3. An Ethernet LAN wired with cat6A could carry internet streaming and 4K HDR as well as the rest of ethernet.
4. If I am up to date cat 7 is still a proposed and not adopted standard
5. While there may come a streaming version of HDMI 2.1 with a much lower bandwidth requirement wiring America for 48 GBPS is likely decades in the future.
6. HDMI.org likes to create a market for future developments long before products are available.
7. It is better to start thinking about a house wired with cat6a, (or hybrid fiber) cable for all needs-one cable which facilitates all things.
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