HDTV multi-room distribution over CAT5?

Bill Noble

Standard Member
Can anyone recommend a multi-room AV distribution device that will enable HDTV to be distributed over CAT5?
 

MAW

Banned
You are probably looking at a Kramer matrix switch for VGA, they work with component video. You'll need a lot of baluns, sadly. I do not know of a cat5 hub to do this, but very happy to be corrected. You could try PM to 'Twisted pear' He is Mike from Madnat.
 

sp99

Active Member
Hi,

Have a look at the 9870 or 9860 series from Audio Authority.
Demo'ed one a while ago, looked pretty good and will transmit HD component & audio up to 1000ft down 2 CAT5s'
Different versions can take digital audio or remote senders and have distribution amps built in.

http://www.audioauthority.com

Simon.
 

MAW

Banned
Be warned the HDMI solution is EXPENSIVE. It works well, no question, and it's the only way if distance is a problem, and with whole house distribution of digital video it's almost bound to be. One of our installs has spend over £5000 on this alone recently, just for the hardware.
 

Bill Noble

Standard Member
I find that most of my clients accept that an HDMI multi-room solution is going to be more expensive than composite video, so the price is not so much an issue. I just need to make sure that the HDMI solution I propose is of a suitably high quality.
 

MAW

Banned
Absolutely, I think the 5k here is a drop in the ocean. I mention the high cost because a lot of the forum users do have budget constraints, and getting them excited needlessly is not the best thing. That's a fair sized house we are talking about, bigger than most, but still, it's a pile of cash, and still doesn't include the wiring infrastructure, 3 cat 5's to each room (2 for HDMI, 1 for control) and a huge patch panel. The hub would not fit in my cupboard under the stairs.
 

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