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Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« on: December 15, 2013, 10:58:33 AM »
Since I hadn't bought a blu-ray player in years and never really payed attention to some parts of the news I hadn't realized that component videos had all but gone the way of the Dodo in 'efforts to thwart piracy' and that everything is hdmi now. Bummer. Here's my dilemma.

My house was 'custom built' and the original owner/designer thought it would be great to hide all the AV equipment in a closet. Sounds great. My tv is in my living room a good physical 30+ feet away which makes for some PITA moments when trying to explain to someone how to turn the sound on when they don't know how to operate a remote.

Every bit of wiring is snaked through the walls from the closet to the TV, including the speakers in the ceiling for the surround sound.

Now here's the problem. The guy, in his infinite wisdom and forethought decided it would only be necessary to pull either a 1) coaxial cable OR 2) component video cables from source to TV. So now I'm stuck not being able to upgrade without either moving everything to the living room (not opposed to) or buying the worlds largest HDMI cable and trying to pull it the who know how many feet to the TV (highly unlikely). Problem with moving everything to the TV is the surround sound is already pulled and run and I don't want to mess with that as well as not messing with installing new speakers.

So that's my problem. I know someone on here is an AV geek and can help me out.

Essentially I want to upgrade to bluray but I don't know where to even start. I'm not trying to build a home theater, I just want to watch some blu ray in the living room.

forgot to add. This could all be avoided by simply buying a PS3 and cramming it in the closet(it has a cable that does component out) as a blu ray player only. Seems overkill but that's the only option I can think of atm.
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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2013, 11:23:58 AM »
So you are completely disregarding the effects of long cable runs on sound and picture quality already.  Why start caring now.


Spend the $20 on a 40'-50' HDMI cord and be done with it.  That length is not uncommon or anywhere near "worlds largest."

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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2013, 06:14:08 PM »
This has absolutely nothing to do with quality of sound or picture.

I don't have bluray capabilities in the living room which is where my family does 'Family Movie Night' and I'd like it to be bluray. They don't make BR players with component out because they don't want the video being pirated and therefore everything is HDMI or composite. I don't have an HDMI hookup in my closet that runs to the TV. I'm not opposed to getting a long cable but figuring out how to run it without tearing into the walls would be the thing I don't want to do.

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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2013, 04:52:42 PM »
Best Buy has these plastic cable covers that stick to the wall and they have a finish on them that you can paint whatever color you want. Lowes has a bunch of them as well, I don't know what they are called though. If you used those then at least you wouldn't have to snake the the cable through the wall.




 

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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2013, 11:55:03 PM »
Actually the more i've examined it it looks like I'm gonna have to move all the video equipment out of the closet and feed back the audio to the closet. no matter how I do it it's gonna be ugly. I've looked and manage to find devices that will do the converting that I need but at a price of around $400 before I even buy a blu-ray player is kinda steep.
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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2013, 11:24:10 AM »
We just have an ugly mess of wires in the living room that we keep thinking we would like to do something about, probably should since my cat likes to chew on all the wires.

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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2014, 12:37:56 AM »
I think if you saw pictures you'd understand the dilemma I'm in.. we did buy a BR player and just shoved it under the tv. not pretty by any means but it will do. not my ideal situation but I'll have to make do until i can figure something difinitive out.
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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2014, 10:31:31 AM »
Just a suggestion, not really a solution. I had a friend who worked in a cabling company for a short while his job was to pass cable from one point to another in houses. Maybe you could try to find someone who knows how to do that properly and maybe get him to pass an HDMI cable ?

Like I said, it's just a suggestion and I don't know how hard it would be to achieve or how much $. Personally. I just plugged everything altogether and hid the wires behing the desk where it all stand. Not the cleanest job but for what it's worth... it worked.

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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2014, 10:44:39 AM »
the hard part of passing an hdmi cable is eating it whole in the first place

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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2014, 11:56:16 AM »
I think if you saw pictures you'd understand the dilemma I'm in.. we did buy a BR player and just shoved it under the tv. not pretty by any means but it will do. not my ideal situation but I'll have to make do until i can figure something difinitive out.


well where is the pics?

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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2014, 02:58:02 PM »
Or you could look up ebay or craigslist for a used ps3, there's bound to be some on sale for cheap with the xone and the ps4 out.
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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2014, 11:22:26 AM »

well where is the pics?

The door on the left is the AV closet. The TV is on the far wall straight back. It would have to go up 2 floors through the walls, across the attic and back down to the TV.



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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2014, 11:48:05 AM »
You could just have a cable company install an outlet in the living room.

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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2014, 11:06:23 PM »
cable isn't the issue. cable is run to and from the av closet to the TV. the problem I ran in to is that because of 'video piracy' blu ray players no longer used component cables and must use hdmi. the problem was figuring out how to connect blu ray to the surround sound, tv, and so forth without creating more of a mess. What I have set up is super messy but it works. and considering I didn't build this house or plan that whole AV thing I think I did pretty well with what I had. I had to hack back the original wires for use just so I could get audio back to the surround sound from the TV when the girls played the wii. It's a huge old mess but for right now it's working, not pretty to look at, but it's working.
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Re: Home Theater Audio setup. Looking for solutions
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2014, 11:12:15 AM »
At least it's all hidden in a closet.