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cheapest way to have hd in two rooms

serge

Standard Member
hi
i have hdmi cable to plasma downstairs

cat 5 running to lcd upstairs from component
i brought 20 mtrs of cat 5 cable 4 ply (2x4) for 16p a metre from a electrical wholesale im sure price is wrong:D lol

brought jack plugs from maplin for 1.28each

soldered it, tried it out

very good picture

for sound i have used 20 mtr phono cable from ebay 3.99

u may get cat 5 8 ply 2x8 then you can have sound on too

less wires lol

oh maplin said cat 5 wont work no screening they said i need 15 mtr joiner then a 5 mtr totaling 150 quid i paid a tenner in all and much thinner cable
to go upstairs

hope this helps
 

quinnmar

Established Member
Glad to hear you're sorted Serge.

I've got an OCTO LNB hooked up with four pairs of two-way cable running from it;

1) downstairs living room cupboard (though not in use, nor terminated in the living room)
2) upstairs bedroom cupboard where my SkyHD decoder is now situated
3) another bedroom feeding another Sky decoder with a freeview card
4) into the same bedroom with the view to feeding a PC capture card of some description?

I've run a 13 metre length of screened CAT5 cable via the SkyHD decoder component output to feed my 40" LCD HDTV in the living room. I also ran a 10 metre digital optical cable from the SkyHD decoder down to my AV receiver in the living room cupboard.

I'm amazed at the PQ, both SD & HD, via component and the audio feed works a treat also giving me DD etc.

The only remaining thing for me to do is make up another CAT5 cable to run from the RGB SCART at the back of the SkyHD decoder into the other bedroom and I'll be able to 'capture' or copy SD stuff from the decoder onto my PC as well as watch all the channels available on my subscription.

Having bought a Harmony 895 universal remote control and a couple of RF extenders, I can now control all my AV equipment from anywhere in the house. Needless to say, I'm a happy bunny that's saved a few bob with this installation.

Please note you can only get CAT5 or CAT6 cable in four pair, i.e. 8-wire, so there is no way to have an audio feed via the same cable used for the video. You need to run another cable.
 

serge

Standard Member
hi thanks for reply
im a novice at this lol
i have sep cable for sound where i brought cat 5 they only had 4 pair cable and not screened ... will screened make a big diff in pq??

serge
 

quinnmar

Established Member

jeeps

Standard Member
Glad to hear you're sorted Serge.

Having bought a Harmony 895 universal remote control and a couple of RF extenders, I can now control all my AV equipment from anywhere in the house. Needless to say, I'm a happy bunny that's saved a few bob with this installation.


Hi Quinnmar,

Where did you get your 895 from, they are rock hard to source at a cheap price at the moment.

Cheers,
 

cutes6

Established Member
quinnmar,

could you tell me where you got your 10mtr optical cable from and how much it cost please, thanks
 

quinnmar

Established Member
Hi Quinnmar,

Where did you get your 895 from, they are rock hard to source at a cheap price at the moment.

Cheers,

I got mine via amazon.co.uk, though I didn't realise at the time the seller was actually based in Germany. I think I paid about £190 inc of shipping and it arrived less than a week later.

komplett.co.uk seem to be as reasonable as anyone else in the U.K. and their Technical Support is really good - as is the TS from Logitech.

Good luck...
 

quinnmar

Established Member
quinnmar,

could you tell me where you got your 10mtr optical cable from and how much it cost please, thanks

I bought mine on eBay http://search.ebay.co.uk/10-optical-cable_W0QQfromZR8QQssPageNameZRC0021 and think I paid about a tenner for it.

My philosophy is you wouldn't spend mega bucks on a USB cable made by Monster for example, (if one was actually available), so I got a reasonably priced one as it's a digital , not analogue, thus it either works or it doesn't.

Good luck...
 

cutes6

Established Member
quinnmar,

thank you for the info
 

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