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RF vs Scart (Sky+ & Plasma)?

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  1. DeeJay

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    Apologies in advance for the long thread, but any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Firstly, I am soon to be moving into my new house, with 2 other mates. We are hoping to get Sky+ fed into our 3 bedrooms and the main living area via RF.

    My first question is where should the Sky+ box go? I originally thought it would be best in my bedroom - the reason for which is that I could use an amplifier on the RF output, and send the RF outputs to all other rooms, including the loundge - and use scart directly into my bedroom TV.

    An associated question is that all rooms, including the lounge need Network Points (CAT 5) - are there any problems with me routing 3 CAT 5 cables (from the hub in my bedroom) and 3 RF cables to the other locations (interference etc)?

    My next point is that I am seriously considering getting a cheap-end Panny/Techwood Plasma for the lounge. I was wondering what the RF quality would be like here based on the above set-up, and the fact that it's coming from a Sky+ box.

    The only other way I can arrange the same set-up is to have the Sky+ box located in the lounge with the plasma, feeding the Plasma it's signal. The problem in this instance is that the amplifier and 3 RF cables going back up into our bedrooms would look unsightly in the lounge.... What would the SCART vs unsightlyness payoff be like?

    Any ideas greatly appreciated,



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  2. Joe Fernand

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    DeeJay

    First off never mind the cabling issues - I think the Big Brother Team could adopt your idea of three blokes 'sharing' a single SKY box as some form of torture; it'll be like Lord of the Flies when it comes to who gets the IR tonight!!! What a nightmare :)

    At least go for a SKY+ in the main lounge and a second Digibox for your global channel - or three Freeview receivers (one in each bedroom).

    Attach the SKY+ to a 42" Panasonic Plasma in the main lounge and you'll never want to go near the bedroom TV anyway.

    If you do have to distribute a SKY signal around the flat look at using a CAT5 video sender if you already have CAT5 and cant easily add additional video cables.

    RF to the Plasma is a big no no - it'll look pants.

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    Thanks very much for the response. Bearing in mind we are students, I think CAT 5 video sending is out of our budgets, and you can hardly call us fidelity experts! Your point about feeding the Plasma with Sky+ directly has made up my mind.

    I propose to have in the lounge the Sky+, PS2 and Kiss DVD player (networked to our PC's for legally backed-up films) all hooked up to the Plasma, then feed the Sky+ into an RF amp (the one that allows TV Link to work, so I can control it from my room) to our 3 bedrooms. I think the quality here will be fine. My concern still is of running RF and CAT5 cables together.

    Your point about fighting over the channels won't be a problem - we're all coming and going at different points, and get on well! Besides - we'll also be able to record things when there is a conflict, and have the freedom of terrestrial channels to chose from.

    To summarise:

    • Can CAT5 and RF Coax cables be run together?
    • Which Plasma (under £2000) should I buy, from where, and why?!

    Thanks again for all your help!

    Darren
     
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    Hello Darren

    I bet there's still the odd argy bargy over the SKY remote :)

    CAT5 video distribution can be done fairly low cost - see http://www.kat5.tv/

    In the lounge there is simply no way you should consider anything other than a Panasonic TH-42PWD6BX Plasma Display - at just over £2K it's way better than anything else on the market.

    If your using decent screened cable (CAT5 and RF) I cant see you having any major probes running the two systems side by side.

    If you go for a decent RF amp you can also input the KISS DVD player into the RF system.

    As for a supplier then I'm biased as we supply all the bits you require - as do other suppliers that advertise on this Forum (see Sponsors list at the top of the page).

    Best regards

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