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Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by mandril, Jun 27, 2004.

  1. mandril

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    Hi all,

    I am soon to have the floor in the new H/C room screeded then finished, and as a way of sort of future-proofing the room I would like to run cables for a projector under the floor. I dont know when I'd get one or to be honest if I'll ever get one. But I want to be safe.

    So my question is;

    As I dont yet have a projector or have any idea which one I'll get, which form of interconnects should I use from source to projector??


    Any advice would be appreciated


    Ta Ricky
     
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    I'll not comment on what sort of cables to settle on,as I'm sure there are others better versed in video cables,but be sure to have some form of ducting set into the screeding,so that cables can be changed if necessary,and,consider using this for the speaker cabling also.
     
  3. mandril

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    I have already run speaker cables through the ceiling and down the walls for a 7.1 setup, but as for the cable under the floor, although I will run it through trunking it will have to be of a small(ish) diameter as the floor will always crack at that point if I get close to the surface. The screed will be around 45-50mm thick.

    So once the cable is there it'll probably be staying there. This will then obviously limit my choice of projectors so I need to choose wisely.


    Cheers Ricky
     
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    Alexs2 is right the only way to go is have a cable duct ready and waiting just have a long run of string to pull through what ever cable you end put needing.
     
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    Thanks,

    Gordon, Do you recomend I run all 5 cables or a choice of the 3? (sorry)

    Docta teef, I know that alex's comment is the most obvious way to go, and in an ideal world that is exactly what I'd do, but I dont want to compramise the room structure for the sake of a big telly. I think if I used a 20mm bore pipe I'd be pushing it, and although I could pretty much get any cable down there, its the connections on the ends are usually miles too big.

    Cheers Ricky
     
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    Just read this post. Your thinking of a duct to run under the floor, but your best option is a surface channel and coverplate that sits flush to the floor surface. Im guessing you will be carpeting on the top of it.

    Have a look: http://www.pendock.co.uk/products/boxing/ranges/FDT_MCFDT.asp

    might be just the thing you need.
     
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    Very nice indeed....thank you also for that...one I'll have to remember for my own house.
     
  10. mandril

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    Karkus,

    Excellent product. I think I'll get some. But the wife is currently winning the battle for parque flooring so I'd have leave an inspection chamber at either end with a piece of string pulled through as earlier posted, a 50mm channel should get any connections through. thanks. Dont suppose you know what it costs off the top of your head?

    PS mul-teee-passs is doing my head in. please remind me.
     
  11. mandril

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    just found out prices. about £100 for 2 lengths. dont know if that includes VAT though.

    God I hope thats retail and I can get a decent discount or else I think I may have to keep thinking.
     
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    For my cables, I ran a 4" x 2" duct up athe wall and ceiling, but still had trouble pulling the DVI cable through. Make sure you have a long swept bend or removeable access to the corner at least, or you may have problems too.

    And as Gordon says - run everything you think you'll need, including HDMI and a spare draw wire. You never know what you may need in the future. :)

    HTH

    Gary.
     
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    I have run silver ann speaker cable through 20mm ducting in the walls and loose through joists in the ceiling and I dont think I'll ever be able to pull it through, when I decide to upgrade. Its far too tight. Oh well.
     
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    Fifth Element
     
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    mul-teee-passs.

    great film
     

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