Ive been reading alot of the forum post looking for advice on house wiring for a new house, and ive looked at numerous documents. It seems that running cat5/6 throughout the house for network/phone etc it a no brainer.
However HDMI or tv distribution seems to be a bit more of a talking point and im trying to see what the latest on this topic is.
Our new house will have 3 tvs i want to get HDMI to. ( my sky + ps3 etc ).
There is the main lounge room. This will have a tv, with the video games and stereo etc..
There is the family room which will have another lcd tv and i will need sky from the lounge
and finally there is the master bed room which i would also like hdmi sky ( we currently have RF in our old house but the pic quality is border line ).
As this is a new build i have the luxury of drilling and running cables where i want, but im not sure the best option, i see people say run two cat5e cables between two tv locations, and connect a balun at each end, but what happens when you introduce a 3rd tv to the set up. ( or a 4th etc ).. Do i start needing a central hub? and can i run the HDMI via a hub/switch or do baluns mean i need a direct cable run between spots.
I'd also very much like to have IR to the same locations that i have the HDMI run to, so im assuming another cable for that.
I also want to set the house up for network/phone so thats something else i need to consider at the same time. lastly i want to run cables for speakers and subs, and my amp might not be below the TV so im wondering the best way to hook everything up nicely, and advice on which inwall cables to use for sound if i want a decent quality set up?
Finally im able to drill holes, run cables, follow orders.. but that final step of hooking everything up might be a bit more of a challenge, im wonderingif there are any forum members in chch that could help with this or offer their services. The builder of our new house as said the sparky isnt up to this, which is fair enough and better i know now so i can plan for it..
Interested in everyones feedback and keen to know what hardware people suggest, including in wall flush mount cabinet, cable selection, what hardware i need to do the HDMI stuff, wall plates ( the house will be using PDL 600 ).
One forum member has been kind enough to offer his help on all the networking etc with is most appreciated, im just interested in seeing what the general consensus is on HDMI distrib..