Hello all - first post - so apologies if there's anything wrong here... I would be really grateful of any feedback on some decisions I’ve been rushed into making much quicker than expected as building work on my flat moves quite quickly. Though I’ve had this at the back of my mind for years I only have a few days to work this out properly and I’m worried I might miss something without enough time to mull it over for a while. The setup is going in a cupboard a few metres away from the TV because (a) it’s close to the router/network point and (b) will mean fewer connections at the TV end - so (c) will look neater and (d) save money as I won’t need as many expensive faceplates at the TV end and I can use cheaper ones within the cupboard. The big issue is the floor in the room will have tiles and underfloor heating so I won’t be able to put cables underneath once it’s laid. The initial setup will have channeled some cables down there and as much as I’d like to futureproof things, without having had time to think, I’m trying to make sure I haven’t missed out anything I need to put in place now. The gear is Sky/NAS/Apple TV/Chromecast/Blu ray/Wii and a receiver. 4k will be a concern in the near future though not with the current equipment. I am thinking of having the receiver do all the source switching and send everything out of that to the TV. Rather than doing this by long HDMI cable I have recently discovered HDMI extenders exist, and these interest me so I can send the remote control commands back to the cupboard as well. Questions: - Is this plan a sensible way of doing this? Will the picture quality suffer in any way by using HDMI extenders and would it be better to get everything cabled in? - Is there anything else I should be thinking of or that I can futureproof into this - 4k, I have just noticed HCDP in my early research - is there anything else coming down the line? - Do extenders support ARC - I want to send the audio from the TV back to the receiver in the cupboard and hope this would do it? - Do extenders turn on/control equipment (CEC?) in the cupboard when the TV tries to communicate with the gear in there? Any recommendations of extenders which tick the above boxes or have given a good experience would be welcomed! A few other questions that run alongside this… - Can any HDMI extenders run on a one-to-many setup? Could I have the setup above - a ‘transmitter’ in the cupboard, sending the signal down Cat5 to a ‘receiver’ at the living room TV - but also have another Cat5 cable running from the same ‘transmitter’ to a second (or more) ‘receiver’ in the bedroom? - The speaker setup is a whole other nightmare I’m considering yet. I have Q Acoustics 2010s and the TV area is open plan, meaning the rear speakers would have to be on stands in the middle of the room. This may look odd, but I’m most concerned about how can I run speaker cable to them in the middle of the room through a tiled floor. I don’t want to break through this in the middle of the room in case the layout changes in future. I’ve considered ceiling mounting but they may look too big and bulky hanging down. For all these reasons I am wondering about a wireless soundbar system like a Sonos when my bank balance recovers as something like Sonos 1’s would be much more discrete hanging from the ceiling. This introduces it’s own problems of having to get power to them while they’re up there though… This may be a question for a speaker or soundbar sub-forum, but I’d be interested to know how other people manage to cable a surround sound setup in an open plan area with solid floors? Is a wireless system really the way to go - and if so, how do you get power in the middle of a room? Any pointers would be really welcome!