Multi Room Install

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Buying & Building' started by barksn, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. barksn

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    First off, I'm a newbie to this, so go easy.

    In the short term, I need a easy way to connect my sky + box, samsung HT-XQ100 and nintendo wii to my samsung PS50Q97HD plasma. At the moment, all the components are currently located in the same room as the TV, but the TV is mounted on the wall approx 8ft away from these components. There is a void behind the plasterboard of the wall, small enough to run a cable up it (like cat5) as I've already run the power cable up there. You can't run a scart lead or HDMI lead inside this cavity, I can't run this outside the house because the plasma is mounted above the fireplace (the fire doesn't work) and the decorator who starts next week says if I cut the wall, he'll never be able to make this good again (not really sure I believe that, but hey ho).

    The advice I'm looking for here is what's the best way to run Scart,HDMI and whatever a wii uses over cat5? I've seen the smart-e, but I'm not sure which ones to get.

    So moving on to the mid term goal, I have the following equipment already:
    50" Samsung Plasma for the lounge.
    42" Hitachi Plasma in the kids playroom.
    32" HD Ready LCD in the main bedroom.
    2x SKY + boxes.
    Samsung HTXQ-100 home cinema in a box.
    Each of my 2 kids have a tv in their bedroom.
    And a really large cupboard beneath the stairs.

    What I want to achieve is to be able to watch a different channel in each of the rooms in the house. Each of the kids can watch different SKY channels in their bedroom, while the wife and I watch a DVD in the lounge.

    I can connect all of the rooms to the cupboard under the stairs with cat5 (so I want to purchase the gizmo's in the short term which are compatible with the longer term goal).

    Once all this is done, I will probably end up getting a media center (not a windows vista one) so I can copy all the kids favorite DVD's so they can watch them at the push of a button, so whatever signal splitter I choose will need to have a computer input.

    I want a modular system which can be added to when spare funds are available.

    I really need advice on a signal splitting box which can have SCART, HDMI, WII, PS2, PC input which can feed up to 8 outputs via cat5.
    As always, I don't have enormous funds to dedicate to this project. I'm not a massive AV buff, I just don't like wires visible. All the kit I have is sufficient enough, it just needs to be connected in a better way.

    Please Help.

    Also, if anyone can recommend a company to do this work in the Essex area, I'd be grateful.
     
  2. MAW

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    Forget distributing the Wii, it's just not going to work out. You need a sensor bar in each location, you need to put your game in the slot, it's just not viable. That leaves you with 4 sources. All of these are viable distribution sources, you will probably have to use component video, do the kids TVs take it, or are they legacy CRTs? I'd guess this project is going to cost at least 4k, including hardware, even then it's hardly viable for a CI company, it's going to be hard work to set up. Trying to distribute HDMI is a hiding to nothing, and distributing different signals is a non starter, this needs a re-think. You can convert sky to component relatively cheaply, likewise a PC with the right graphics card. The samsung, presumably it has component? Wii and PS2 can both do component, but I can't see the point there, kids don't play games like that, the console needs to be in the room. I'd have a chat with a local installer, and get your thoughts in order here. They will offer you something along the lines of Panorama, which offers the video distribution and control, but you still have the audio to sort out. The whole thing is a nightmare as it stands.
     
  3. hornydragon

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    if you got a power lead to the screen HDMI should be no problem.
    DIstribution normally falls to the lowest common denominator, that said some system can cope with different input signal but cost alot more.
    You really need to contact a few specialists and see what they can come up with.
     

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