Wiring for a HT System

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jim Kosinski, Jun 25, 2002.

  1. Jim Kosinski

    Jim Kosinski Auditioning

    Mar 30, 2002
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    I am currently in the process of finishing my basement. I have given into my wife's request that the ceilings be drywall in lieu of 2x2 grid that would be accessible. So, I need to make sure that I get all the wiring I need before the walls and ceilings are up.

    So far, I have pre-wired the following to the location of my HT system:
    - dedicated 120 circuit
    - RG6 coax for subwoofer
    - RG6 coax for cable or satellite (at this time, I only have a antennae in the attic!)
    - right surround, left surround
    - rear right, rear left (for 7.1 system in the future)

    In the future, I am leaning toward satellite versus cable.

    My questions:
    - Do I need a tele outlet at each future satellite receiver? some people say yes, some say no
    - Should I run RG6 quad shield in lieu of standard RG6 to the HT location?
    - Is a single RG6 sufficient or should I be running multiple?
    - To prepare for the future, should I find come fiber optic cable? Is this overboard?
    - Is there anything else that I am forgetting?

    thanks for the help
  2. Jason Kass

    Jason Kass Agent

    Nov 13, 2001
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    I am fairly new to the "real" home theater thing and am just finishing a house where I prewired the great room for a modest home theater. I would look at smarthome.com at their superwire. It is prewrapped bundled wire that includes: (2) cat5, (2) rg6, and (2) fiber optic lines, all for a buck a foot. I ran this stuff from a "home" box in the basement mechanical room to every room in the house and then some, I also ran an extra rg6 in some places where I thought it would help( I figured I would not use the fiber optic yet anyway, but at least I have it in). I also of course ran regular speaker wire to where the speakers would be.
    I hope this helps.
  3. Robert_J

    Robert_J Lead Actor

    Aug 22, 2000
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  4. Jason Caudill

    Jason Caudill Stunt Coordinator

    Aug 7, 2001
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    I would definitely consider cat-5 cable for future applications. If you wanted a replay tv or something like the Hewlett-Packard combination hard drive/ cd burner for storing music. I am sure we will see more and more integrated devices and it is fairly cheap. Jason
  5. Jeff Theobald

    Jeff Theobald Auditioning

    Dec 11, 1998
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    Looks like you might have overlooked an RG6 for any OTA HDTV in. (1) for sat/cable, (1) for OTA.

    If I were doing this, I'd use quad RG6 (like Robert said, maybe just to make me feel better) and I'd consider dropping a conduit to your HT equipment location. Then, if you need to in the future you could just punch a hole in the drywall and pull through any necessary cables.

    Its easy to do now before the drywall is up. Later - its a b**ch.


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