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Hi everyone,

My name is Aaron. I want to use a spare room as a A/V distribution center. I'm not sure exactly how to do it. Let me explain what I've come up with so far as a game plan.

I want to do two zones. Zone 1 will be an amateur home theater setup and zone 2 will be a bedroom.

A/V Distribution Center:

Server Rack (Currently own)

Network router for devices (Currently own)

DirectTV DRV (Currently own)

DirectTV HD Box (Currently own)

PS3 (Currently own)

Wii (Currently own)

HTPC (Do not have but future project)

Zone 1: The zone is around 75 ft away from A/V distribution

50" plasma 1080 TV. (Currently own) (Will upgrade to 3D in future)

Sony STR-DE598 (Currently own) (Will upgrade to 7.1 in future)

Bose 5.1 surround sound (Currently own)

Zone 2: The zone is less the 50 ft away from A/V distribution

46" LCD 1080 TV (Currently 32" but will be 46" very soon)

That is a quick run down what I have so far. I know there are several missing pieces. I'm assuming I need to do a video matrix. I've been looking at component and hdmi. Component seems to be the way to go so I can run it 75 ft. I saw some hdmi extenders but not sure if it's worth the money or if it effects image quality. I also know I'm missing IR stuff but not sure what to do.

I think that about does it. I hope the explanation makes sense. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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It will take a lot of time (months, maybe years) to figure out how to do what you want, researching/reading in online forums. If you're patient and persistent, you'll figure it out. You'll soon realize the main reason why professional installation is expensive.

If you're running new cables in the walls/ceiling/crawlspace, run the extra cables now(mostly category cables - cat5e/cat6) for futureproofing - you may want HD/HDMI in 5 years.

I think the biggest hurdle will be extending the gaming rigs from the rack, but I think it's do-able.

Cocoontech forums are a good resource for running cables and rack mounting. Also, there is an interesting 'Show me your rack' thread here at AVS. I also use a server rack, for my distributed audio system. If your server rack is deep, I suggest a third pair of vertical rack rails mounted between the front and rear, toward the back. It helps with odd pieces and cable management. (thanks to 39centstamp for that tip
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What is a good starting matrix? Should I do component or hdmi? Also, what is the best approach for the 75 feet run? Should I do cat6 or a long cable?

If you want to do it once, I suggest it be done right. Don't trust any single opinion or source. You don't want fast answers. This equipment is very expensive to the average consumer. Search is your best option. Nobody can make up your mind for you, you need to make informed decisions.

I suggest you become an expert, or hire one.

That being said, I think 75' is too long for HDMI. But, you could try it, with a high quality cable. I've read of successes at 75'. Search 75 feet+ HDMI. Also, search HDMI + problem.
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Given you have DirecTV, make use of a SWiM and Deca system to handle the multiroom DVR for you, and you won't have to worry about running HDMI over long distances!
Nah, cable for other options. Keep your options open.

Originally Posted by Neurorad /forum/post/20786123

Nah, cable for other options. Keep your options open.

It's an existing house, so there's no reason to pull wires until the OP actually needs them. With SWiM/DECA, he doesn't actually need them.
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