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Gman
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Posted - 01/13/2011 :  4:42:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am finishing my basement and wanted to know what kind of cables I would need to run from a central location to the TV/Monitor so I can view ANY video device on the TV via a PC, DVD or Cable Box. The TV will most likely be a new LCD model. All equipment will be new so I'd like the best configuration. I've heard that CAT5/6 could be used with converters but I'd like to use the best quality cable for signal purposes.
1. Do I need to run VGA cables for the PC?
2. Do I need to run coax for the cablebox?
3. Do I need to run HDMI for the DVD/surround sound system?
4. I assume that I would need an IR extension for a universal remote solution as well to control all the output devices that will be housed together in a central location.
I have the walls open and the wire runs are short for the most part. Please advise for best case scenario.

Pete G

Press2Esc
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USA
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Posted - 01/13/2011 :  5:51:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
G'Man

All new A/V equipment contain HDMI, which is by far, the highest quality & smartest A/V source to date. From your central (a/v source) location, I would install min 2 cat6 drops to your HDTV. At your equipment-side, you will want to incorporate a HDMI matrix switch (or media server) to control/select your a/v sources via IR. Although, I am not an advocate of wireless, HD via WiFi is forthcoming & will be touted as a via "alternate" to cables. Technically, wireless has outstanding specs, but from a performance perspective - it is unpredictable... Suitable for low-bandwidth audio, but not for passing gigabits of streaming HD digital video.

P2E
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Posted - 01/13/2011 :  7:09:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If possible, run 2" conduit so that you can update as needed.

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Gman
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Posted - 01/14/2011 :  07:46:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks alot. I have a dropped ceiling with full access so the conduit won't be needed. If I run the CAT6 cables, I wouldn't need ANY other special cabling for future requirements for A/V? What do you suggest to install behind the TV for cables, etc? A special box or just a dual gang receptacle box with a custom cover.

Pete G
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