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Old 04-15-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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my 2002 came with a 42" plasma in the back and up front. they were old style plasmas with no tuners and only BNC RGB and video connections. i have taken them out (man they were heavy). and taken out the other gear as well. a buddy of mine and i spent a chunk of the afternoon tracing out the coax lines. mine was really wired up a little strange (i am sure it made sense at the time).

my tv antenna is missing on top but at least the coax is there and runs to the front tv area.

there is two coax lines we couldnt find the other end to.

i am going to put i think two 42" LG LED tv's in and a 37" in one of the bays. the only coax i have to figure out how to run is a couple of them to the bay tv.

i want to have all video run through the AV receiver so the old marantz receivers front and back will come out. one of the dilemmas is that the speakers are ADS separates with crossovers and are shared between the home theatre and car stereo and are 4 ohms. most receivers are not crazy about 4 ohm speakers but since i will not be cranking it up incredibly loud i think i will be ok.

i will likely add a powered subwoofer up front as well. just have to run a coax to it from the overhead.

the great thing is my cabinets are all set up for 42" tv's so it that part will be quite straight forward. the aluminum tilting mount up front is really well made and is VESA 400x400 setup and that is the same as the LG for mounting. good stuff.

i have mentioned it in other posts, but be sure to look at www.monoprice.com for mounts and cables. high quality and veryvery inexpensive.

i will do a dedicated blu ray player for each tv rather than share.

i have two smaller tv's mounted over the desk (where the dinette is on all of yours) and will take those down and maybe put new ones there or something else.

it will be set up for gaming as well. been playing around with video server ideas and wireless as well. the tv's i get will have bult in wifi and widi and wifi direct. cool stuff if you look it up.

making progress but slow.

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Old 04-15-2012, 11:38 PM   #2
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Tom,

Is there a blue wire going into back of Marantz? I found a hidden subwoofer under the seat in my dinette. The blue wire is the source to the sub. (Mine is blown, but has not been replaced yet).

As far as the radio and receiver are concerned...I think the relays over the drivers side window (behind the trim) isolate the two sources.

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Old 04-16-2012, 12:01 AM   #3
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hi bill,

the front amp is the only thing i have not taken out yet so i will check and see if it is wired up to a sub. i dont have a dinette as they took it out and had newell put in a desk there. as for the relays, i have them in the same place but they only switch between home theatre and car stereo and dont do any impedence matching.

thanks for the tip.

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Old 04-16-2012, 01:13 PM   #4
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Tom:
You might also want to consider TVs that are PC or Internet ready? Best, Lynn
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hi. the ones i am looking at are LG 42LM6200. it has built in wifi and a pc input.

it is also 3d, though i am not a fan of 3d yet.

hopefully by the time i am ready to put in a month or so the prices might have come down a little.

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I thought with your electronics background that you would be way ahead of us!

We put in a Toshiba 24SL415U 24-Inch 1080p LED-LCD HDTV with NetTV and PC hookup in the bedroom with a swivel arm so it swivels to face the bed, bath or kitchen area. (we bought the AV last September/October). We are going to work with the 30" front overhead mount for now....a $10K TV in 2008, can you imagine!It is 720 but at that distance I think we are fine for now. It does have PC connections...just not the good HDMI....for now.

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in my 90 i had 3 tvs with hdmi. along with the ability to hook up my laptop to all three. i also did hdmi distribution so you could watch the same source on multiple tv's.

for the front tv i had to do svga over coax using video baluns.

now with widi, you dont need wires to the tv as long as the tv and lapton are widi enabled.

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i finally figured out how to run wires from the front tv cabinet to the rear tv and av cabinet. it took a ton of work and tearing alot of stuff apart and feeding pull lines through chases, but tonite with darlenes help i ran 2 coax and 2 cat 5e lines from the front to the rear. there is no way to get an hdmi cable in that chase so it is what it is. now i have 4 coax from front to rear and 2 cat5e and one coax from the cable in to the rear tv.

now i am needing to see how i can get coax and cat5e to the bay. i can see some possibilities.

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russ, you said you did hdmi over coax. what system did you use? i am a big fan of monoprice and they have a system that seems really good but does not have audio return channel.

other than that it has 3d passthrough.

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Tom,

Intelix DIGI-HD-COAX-S HDMI over coaxial extender -- transmitter and receiver.

http://www.intelix.com/products/digihdcoax.html

A number of the options were RG6 only, but since I am RG59 that was important with this selection. I don't remember checking on 3D as that is not of interest to be at this time.

If I had all the pathways identified between front and back and wanted to take it all apart I would have just pulled a cable, but I hit the "easy button" on this one.
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