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Old 01-08-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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I am in the process of building a new home, I would like to install the AV equipment in a space located underneath the stair way. My television is located approx. 15 foot from the stair way space on a perpendicular wall. The drywall is not yet up so now is the time to run cable.

I have done a little research on the cat 5 cables. what is your opinion on
required components to supply tv sig. dvd, and an xm sat receiver.

Also an ir remote to operate the equipment. After speaking to one of the high end AV companies in my area, I realize that I do not have the budget as of yet, but would like to run the cables for future equipment.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated,

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Old 01-08-2008, 02:41 PM   #2
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It all depends on what you prefer or are going to want to use.. Will you be going digital or analog for your TV, cable/sat box and dvd player?

Either HDMI or component would need to be used depending on what you choose(digital or analog).. Speaker wire of course and now would be a good time to figure out the placement of your speakers and if you are going to go 5.1 or 7.1

Cat5 is nice to run towards the tv area just in case you get an HD DVD player or Blu Ray player as both can be updated via the internet and they both also offer internet connectivity for special features.

You can always get an IR adapter/extender for out of sight a/v equipment so thats not a big deal imo.. umm thats all I can think of right now maybe someone else can chime in..

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Thanks for the info, yes i will be going digital, i was told that I could use the Cat 5 cable and convert to HDMI at the back of the set, this would save me from the cost of a long HDMI cable.

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Thanks for the info, yes i will be going digital, i was told that I could use the Cat 5 cable and convert to HDMI at the back of the set, this would save me from the cost of a long HDMI cable.

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The adapters (being that you would need two one in one out) are more expensive than just buying one HDMI cable.. I beleive the Cat5 adapters are used for extremely long runs ie 50-100ft Plus.. I did a quick search and most of the adapters were around $500 at least the ones with good reviews anways, as some of the lower end ones experienced drop outs or HDCP problems ect ect.

Being that HDMI is digital; higher quality (more expensive) cables are only needed for going in wall(insulation) and even that is up for debate.. Either you get all the 1s and 0s or you dont with digital. Drop out is not an issue as your need is under 50ft and I have only heard of drop out from anything over that..

I would Check monoprice, Amazon or even ebay if you must have name brand because a 15' plus can be had for $40-50 there. This way it would save from the cost of a cat5 adapter and the hassle that goes along with it..

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Thanks Lilmase1153

I will run the HDMI cable in the wall for future installation. regarding the IR components, does this involve a special AV receiver that everything connects to?

Sorry for my ignorance.

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Thanks Lilmase1153

I will run the HDMI cable in the wall for future installation. regarding the IR components, does this involve a special AV receiver that everything connects to?

Sorry for my ignorance.

Eric
I apologize for not getting to this sooner but here is a link that kinda goes over a set up one can use....

Keep in mind this is not the only solution but just an idea of what one can do, and Niles is not the only company who make devices like these.. So shopping around is always a good idea

http://www.4electronicwarehouse.com/...er-system.html

If you need help finding something more catered to you let me know I would be glad to help..
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No apologizes necessary, I want to say thank you very much. I have looked at the site and it seems simple enough. I will keep you posted.

Have a great weekend.

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I am in the process of building a new home, I would like to install the AV equipment in a space located underneath the stair way. My television is located approx. 15 foot from the stair way space on a perpendicular wall. The drywall is not yet up so now is the time to run cable.

I have done a little research on the cat 5 cables. what is your opinion on
required components to supply tv sig. dvd, and an xm sat receiver.

Also an ir remote to operate the equipment. After speaking to one of the high end AV companies in my area, I realize that I do not have the budget as of yet, but would like to run the cables for future equipment.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated,

Eric
Check out this: New Key Digital Balun Products Allow cat5/6 HD A/V Distribution

Key Digital also makes the HDMI baluns, but as was said they are going to be much more expensive than a long cable. Check out this for cables: TendonUSA Cables The Key Digital HDMI baluns are in the $325 each end range for the in wall and $300 each end for the standard package.

As far as the remote IR goes, you can get some inexpensive repeaters at Radio Shack: RadioShack - Wireless Remote Extender for $39.99. Supplied is a transmitter that you locate at your TV and a Receiver/IR Blaster that you locate at your equipment along with an optional separate emitter blaster if the blaster in the receiver does not reach all of the equipment. I have used this and it works very well even with the new equipment that have given other repeaters problems. There are some situations where the units will not work due to RF interference, but Radio Shack is good about taking back stuff if it does not work for you.

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Check out this: New Key Digital Balun Products Allow cat5/6 HD A/V Distribution

Key Digital also makes the HDMI baluns, but as was said they are going to be much more expensive than a long cable. Check out this for cables: TendonUSA Cables The Key Digital HDMI baluns are in the $325 each end range for the in wall and $300 each end for the standard package.

As far as the remote IR goes, you can get some inexpensive repeaters at Radio Shack: RadioShack - Wireless Remote Extender for $39.99. Supplied is a transmitter that you locate at your TV and a Receiver/IR Blaster that you locate at your equipment along with an optional separate emitter blaster if the blaster in the receiver does not reach all of the equipment. I have used this and it works very well even with the new equipment that have given other repeaters problems. There are some situations where the units will not work due to RF interference, but Radio Shack is good about taking back stuff if it does not work for you.
Great information posted here thank you, using IR repeaters/extenders is an idea I have been toying around with also especially once I get my new setup installed..

Thank you again
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Just be aware that the PS3 does not use an IR remote, so if you want to also get to a universal remote, you will need to deal with the PS3 differently or just use its remote for it.
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