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Best thing is to run a conduit so it doesn't matter. When I built my space I didn't so when the industry shifted from DVI to HDMI I had to cut a bunch of holes and I put in two HDMI, glad I did, I have since broken one. Be aware that in a couple of years the HDMI standard will likely change in response to 4K bandwidth and copy protection needs.

so if you can, run a conduit for the parts of the wall/ceiling you don't want to cut open.
 

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Another vote for conduit. One school of thought is to install conduit, run your initial cables outside the conduit and leave the conduit empty for future cables. I say if you are going to install it, you might as well use it for your initial cables as well. I recently had an HDMI cable go bad and if it had been installed beside empty conduit, I would have had to abandon it in place. Since I bought it at Monoprice and they have a lifetime warranty on all cables, I was able to pull the bad cable out of the conduit, ship it off to them and get a free replacement. If it had been stuck in the wall, I would not have been able to get the free replacement.
 

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I ran a 2" conduit with two HDMI cables. I have an old no-HDMI receiver so until I upgrade 2 cables should be plenty.

It was surprisingly easy to 'push' the cables through the conduit.. didn't need any special tools.. I plan to stay low-tech and just tape any new cables to existing and pull them out to replace when standards change.. and they will..

Good luck with your build.
 
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