HT wiring

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by john_anderson, Aug 16, 2003.

  1. john_anderson

    john_anderson Auditioning

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    I am currently re-modeling one of the rooms in my basement and have some home theater wiring questions. I am down to the wall studs and I am getting ready to run wires before sheet rocking. My plan is to have a built-in receiver/processor (and all other components DVD, VHS, CD, etc) in one corner of the room and the TV on a wall about 15 feet away; the cable run itself will be approximately 25-30 feet. My first question is can I run 3 standard RG6 cables (75 ohm coax) from the processor to the TV for component signals? How do other people make longer runs like this? From what I have researched so far the cable lengths are usually less than 10 feet; so can a component signal hold up to these lengths okay? I am also interested in planning for the future so I am wondering what other cables I should run before sealing the walls. I have been reading about DVI cables (length issues?), fiber optic (used for video yet?), and just now on your forum firewire, any other suggestions… I have not purchased any HV equipment yet and at this point I am just trying to be prepared. Also I would like to be able to do progressive with this cabling architecture. Any advice and help would be appreciated in addition any web page references would be great!

    John
     
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    Jim Gloeb Auditioning

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    John I just ran 35' Belden 1694 for both component and svideo from bluejeanscables, they were $79 a set. Also have a 35' SVGA from pccables on they way ($26) for HTPC. You may want to run DVI as well. For me the component will suffice for now. I plan to get a HD box later and some use component out, some DVI. If none use comp when I am ready to go HD, then I will get a HD tuner card for the PC. I saw no reason to run composite as I will convert the VCR composite to Svideo and have my receiver switch between cable box and VCR. There are many options, svideo.com, cablesamerica, bettercables, etc. I did a lot of reading on the attenuation and shield specs so I think I made a good decision. Check out the tweaking and connections forum, many post on what others did, including how to build your own. Hope this helps, Jim
     
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    john_anderson Auditioning

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    Thanks for the information - I think I will repost my message in the forum you suggested; didn't notice that one when I was signing up a couple of days ago.
     

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