Are the speaker wires run in the walls, or up over the ceiling and back down on the other side?
Is the laundry room above the same size as the living room, or is there another room above a part of the living room?
What (if anything) is under the living room?
What type of floor is in the living room?
I ask because it may be relatively easy to fish an HDMI cable into the wall and run it across the room above or below if aesthetics matter less there.
Depending on the structure of the floor and/or joists under it, cables might run there as well.
If the floor can't be compromised, if you have baseboards, you can pull them and run wire/cables, then put them back. a carpenter could rout a channel for cable/wires if there's not enough room.
If you run an HDMI cable over to the other side, just pair some in-wall speaker wire as well to accommodate the center channel.
(of course all with appropriate in-wall ratings)
A little out of the box - If you don't need to see the AVR and equipment (ie, no optical discs), you could even place it out of the room where cable aesthetics may matter less. Perhaps the laundry room.
Run the appropriate cables/wires to the desired walls to make it an easier wire-fishing job. RF/WiFi remote control solutions solve the control.
I'm assuming that the laundry room was meant to serve as some sort of electronics hub if there's so much cat6 running to it.
You could try HDMI over ethernet, and there's also audio over ethernet. HDMI is limited to 1080p AFAIK
, and AoE may introduce a delay. You'll have to read a little on those.
There's also wireless HDMI, but I don't think that helps here.
Originally Posted by John Syrinek
Hi - first post. I just bought a house with wire already run in the living room for two front and two rear channels. The problem is these wires all terminate at a single junction box on the wall *opposite* from where we decided to mount the TV (Samsung Frame with weird external power/controller box). Said another way, we decided to put the TV on a different wall from where the builder/installer intended. What are my options for connecting an amplifier/receiver if I want a center channel? Both walls have three cat6 cables run to laundry room above living room.
I've been looking at HDMI over ethernet options, but I can't figure out the center channel. One idea was to run HDMI (ARC) over ethernet to the opposite wall, plugin a receiver there, and run HDMI *back* over ethernet to the center channel and connect a 2 channel receiver which feels ... stupid.
I was also thinking about wireless for the center channel, but I'd like to avoid them, because there's a lot of RF noise in my environment. I'm also not sure about delays if I'm mixing wireless and wired.