Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

234 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 5

# 19283 11-Feb-2008 21:22
Send private message

Hi - I need to hide the power and video cables that run from my media centre PC / home cinema amp up the wall to my plasma display. I need some suggestons / advice regarding video cabling, as I would like to have everything hidden away without any noticeable signal degradation.

I was thinking along the lines of having component video via wall mounted faceplates. Is this feasible, or should I be looking at some other type of cabling (HDMI? I do not need audio to the screen), or just feed a cable end-to-end through some form of conduit, thereby minimising the connection points.... The display has lots of options for connection, but my PC does not.

Could someone please point me in the right direction? 

Create new topic
6676 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 547


  # 110040 12-Feb-2008 09:19
Send private message

Is the wall currently open (ie gib off) or closed. Is the media center to be more or less directly below the display (ie in the same stud space). My preference concidering all wall exists are normally hidden behind the media centre and panel display is to just place flush boxs and pull uncut/factory terminated cables between, less cable breaks the better. If you want to be a little more tidy then place a single or double mechless face plate on each flush box to tidy things up.

If the media centre and panel are above/below one another and the wall is currently not gibed then bash the 800mm nog out and turn it on its side, makes pulling cables in future much easier. And yes I would recommend a miniumum of 1xHDMI and 1xComponent, but if you can swing an extra component all the better. You should not overlook at least one audio pair, nothing worse than having to crank your AVR up just to hear the news.


234 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 5

  # 110043 12-Feb-2008 09:33
Send private message

Thanks for your reply Cyril,

The wall is closed, and the media centre is NOT directly below, so I have a rather tricky job of going through at least 3 studs to get from A to B. As you say, the cable exit points are both hidden so I am not bothered about how the faceplates look.

One other question... is there any rule of thumb for placing video cables near power? Can I run them along side each other, or is this to be avoided at all costs?


6676 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 547


  # 110052 12-Feb-2008 10:25
Send private message

The rules require that you give them 50mm of clearance, which you should attempt to do, that said in reality its pretty common that they come into contact with each other.

From a safety point of view the mains TPS has sufficient insulation to be safe, however most A/V cabling is only rated to 50V, in reality most is more than capable of 230V but rules are rules. From an interference point of view, unless the mains cable has a very large load on it there is unlikely to be any problems with a couple of ft of close coupling, but I always try to ensure the 50mm is observed and where possible 300mm.

One other point, a flush box carrying power must be seperated from a flush box carrying TELV/SELV (ie phone and <50V services such as ethernet, AV etc) by a solid and permant wall member. Therefore it is more proper to have a power flush box on one side of a stud and coax/ethernet/AV flush box on the other side of a stud. This way should a cable break loose from its termination (either power or SELV) then it cannot come into contact with 230V.


Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Anyone can broadcast with Kordia Pop Up TV
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:51

Volvo and Uber present production vehicle ready for self-driving
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:47

100,000 customers connected to fibre broadband network through Enable
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:35

5G uptake even faster than expected
Posted 12-Jun-2019 10:01

Xbox showcases 60 anticipated games
Posted 10-Jun-2019 20:24

Trend Micro Turns Public Hotspots into Secure Networks with WiFi Protection for Mobile Devices
Posted 5-Jun-2019 13:24

Bold UK spinoff for beauty software company Flossie
Posted 2-Jun-2019 14:10

Amazon Introduces Echo Show 5
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:32

Epson launches new 4K Pro-UHD projector technology
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:26

Lenovo and Qualcomm unveil first 5G PC called Project Limitless
Posted 28-May-2019 20:23

Intel introduces new 10th Gen Intel Core Processors and Project Athena
Posted 28-May-2019 19:28

Orcon first to trial residential 10Gbps broadband
Posted 28-May-2019 11:20

Video game market in New Zealand passes half billion dollar mark
Posted 24-May-2019 16:15

WLG-X festival to celebrate creativity and innovation
Posted 22-May-2019 17:53

HPE to acquire supercomputing leader Cray
Posted 20-May-2019 11:07

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.