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Topic # 106009 16-Jul-2012 20:34 Send private message

Hey all,

Thought I would share this with you.  It's a diagram I put togther that describes how I'm going to wire my new home for entertainment.  I think it is a good template for anyone building a new home.  Comments and feedback welcome

Enjoy

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6920374/Modern%20Entertainment.jpg

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  Reply # 656692 16-Jul-2012 21:34 Send private message

In regards to the Airplay off your amp or the Apple TV...

Is it an Apple TV 2 or 3?
If so, how do you hope to get audio out of it to zone 2 or 3?
The ATV2/3 only has HDMI and optical outputs for audio, something that a vast majority of home theatre receivers can't send to zone 2 or 3.
I know you plan to have Airplay built into your receiver, but are you aware that every time you send it to zone 2 / 3, it'll immediately over ride whatever is playing in zone 1 at that point? Leaving you to then turn zone 1 back to the original source manually?

Are you looking to use an optical to RCA DAC running out of the ATV2/3 at the same time?
Or will you put an Airport Express in the loop (using a 3.5 to dual RCA out) to run zone 2 and 3?



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  Reply # 656760 16-Jul-2012 23:12 Send private message

Good questions Dunnersfella,

The receiver I am looking to use is a Denon AVR-4311 CI that makes all this possible.  It is a 3 source / 3 zone receiver with 9.1 audio.  It allows you to assign 5.1 to Zone 1, 2 channels to zone 2, and the last 2 to zone 3.  Each zone can play content from a different or the same source. And for extra coolness you can control all of this via an iPhone App.

It also supports Digital to Anlaog to the other zones with the cavert being the output from the source needs to be PCM 2 channel. Not sure if this is configurable on the ATV

You also have the ability to stream music straight from your iPhone / iPad as well.

If you don't want to splash out for the 4311 you could look at one of the lesser models although as you go down the line you only get 2 zones and no digital conversion.  Not so much of a problem if your music is on an iPhone or media server.

The speaker splitter is in their to allow for more zones although you can only sectect one zone at a time.

I don't own an ATV at this time, primary use though would be for watching movies in Zone 1. Airplay would be off the receiver



 

Dunnersfella: In regards to the Airplay off your amp or the Apple TV...

Is it an Apple TV 2 or 3?
If so, how do you hope to get audio out of it to zone 2 or 3?
The ATV2/3 only has HDMI and optical outputs for audio, something that a vast majority of home theatre receivers can't send to zone 2 or 3.
I know you plan to have Airplay built into your receiver, but are you aware that every time you send it to zone 2 / 3, it'll immediately over ride whatever is playing in zone 1 at that point? Leaving you to then turn zone 1 back to the original source manually?

Are you looking to use an optical to RCA DAC running out of the ATV2/3 at the same time?
Or will you put an Airport Express in the loop (using a 3.5 to dual RCA out) to run zone 2 and 3?

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  Reply # 656765 16-Jul-2012 23:20 Send private message

Are you distributing Sky through the house over RG6 instead of HDMI?

We've just bought a house with a similar setup to yours with all the cabling being RG6 over cat 6. I want to change this to HDMI and have been investigating how to do this over the last few days. It seems the best way is to use the Cat 6 cables and a HDMI multiplexer.



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  Reply # 656844 17-Jul-2012 08:46 Send private message

I don't think modern Sky decoders allow you to pipe the RF signal over RG6 back to your RG6 splitter so you can view the same sky channel on another TV so I guess it makes the RG6 cable back to the splitter no longer necessary.

I guess you could pipe the HDMI signal over 2 x Cat5e cables but you are still limited to watching the same channel that the Sky decoder is on.  Buying multi room from Sky is another option and that gives you the flexibility of watching whatever channel you want.

You can also use 3rd party satellite receivers that provide similar functionality to Sky multi room although this method is in breach of the sky end user agreement. 

 With the layout I’m proposing there is not really a reason to run a HDMI signal through the house



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