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Hello everyone!

Just got my TW600 fully installed up here in the Isa, and it's great!

Now it looks like we are moving! In the build stage, so what cables should I get my electrican to run into the roof space for me????

I though HDMI, Composite and S Video.... Are there any others worth considering? Mainly going to use a computer and DVD Player.

I just don't want to send him some cables and then find out that I missed an important one.

Lacehim

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For my installation, I am using HDMI, S-video and Component. As I use an external scaler, I didnt see the need to run composite, but i considered a 3-cable component run nessesary, as it can also double as a 3-wire RGB if nessesary.

One thing I did consider was a d-sub VGA cable for computer connection/ scaler connection, but since most computer graphics cards now feature DVI, and the scaler can output rgb or componat, I thought in my case this wasnt nessesary.

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If you really want to cover your bases I suggest running a ducted vaccum pvc pipe from where your equipment will be to where the projector will be.Cap the ends with the vaccum plugs and there you have it!Run what you need when you need it,and if any of your cables for any reason deteriorate or just crap themselves,just pull it out and run another one.

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I'd run some cat5 through there just for the sake of it. If you never need it for network cable it doesn't matter, but you can always use it as a component cable later on if necessary.

In my last house I used one piece of cat5 as a network cable, a coax aerial cable and a phone line. The phone line didn't get used for long, but it is very versatile stuff.

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If you really want to cover your bases I suggest running a ducted vaccum pvc pipe from where your equipment will be to where the projector will be.

That's what I'd do as well, as long as the flexi pipe had a minimum bore of about 7cm. Nothing worse than trying to pull cables through tight pipe, especially through right angled bends. I'd even consider running 90mm stormwater pipe, or dual 50mm pipes, for the cables then you'd never have a problem. I like to keep power and low level signal cables separated, hence dual 50mm flexi-pipes would be my first choice.

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I'm networking the whole house with Clipsal Starserve so that is already done.

I think I will ask the electrician to install some sort of ducting. I think I will install HDMI, Component, Composite, and maybe S Video to cover most of my bases. I might even finish it with a nice face plate like the one I saw online. At least if we move later on there won't be cables spilling out the wall!!!

I think I will stick with my TW600 if it doesn't get sold with the house. It's been a great projector so far.

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Regardless of what type of cable you install make sure you test them before you install them. Once you've spent hour after hour setting everything up you don't then want to find out that the component cable you bought has some horrible wavey lines and interfence ruining everything.

Take it from someone who found out the hard way. :blink:

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I'm networking the whole house with Clipsal Starserve so that is already done.

I think I will ask the electrician to install some sort of ducting. I think I will install HDMI, Component, Composite, and maybe S Video to cover most of my bases. I might even finish it with a nice face plate like the one I saw online. At least if we move later on there won't be cables spilling out the wall!!!

I think I will stick with my TW600 if it doesn't get sold with the house. It's been a great projector so far.

I'm planning a renovation myself and have been considering a home automation system. What are your thoughts on the Clipsal gear?

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Couj,

Well the electrician offered me a Cbus system that operates all the lights but at $10,000 it just seemed too much. I would rather get off my bum to turn the light off for such a small townhouse that we are building. In a big house it would really set moods etc. and would be more of a benefit.

I would rather spend some extra money on this Starserve system which I have the video only part installed in my current house. Basically you can play DVDs over your exiting coax cable to any TV that tunes into a UHF signal. You can also use the remotes in other rooms! Added to this system I will have 8 data points near the TV points. Can't wait to LAN game with my mates! I'll be in the Multi purpose room playing on my projector mind you!!! The unit I have has run fine for the 2 years I have had it. It's a pretty easy to use system too, you just set it and tune you TVs.

Foxtail,

Cheers for the info, couldn't remember that htcustomcables fellas site. Got my second Kordz HDMI from him and it's never missed a beat! Better than the DSE one!!!! Just about to order a 10m HDMI & 10m Component & 10m Composite with a faceplate for the wall. With the TW600 I can't imagine using anything else! Even the PS2 looks cracking with a component cable off ebay for $15!

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Foxtail,

Cheers for the info, couldn't remember that htcustomcables fellas site. Got my second Kordz HDMI from him and it's never missed a beat! Better than the DSE one!!!! Just about to order a 10m HDMI & 10m Component & 10m Composite with a faceplate for the wall. With the TW600 I can't imagine using anything else! Even the PS2 looks cracking with a component cable off ebay for $15!

No worries pleased to help out, your setup really sounds unreal, looking forward to seeing the pics.

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I won't be as stunning as yours foxtail. I just hope to have a plain rumpus room that transforms into a HT Room when required. I have all the other TVs able to receive DVD signals and foxtel. Should work well. Can't wait to start my "Stay at home dad duties!"

Thanks for your help. Just ordered my cables & faceplate from htcustomcables. Their HDMI cable I have has performed really well so I was happy paying more once and knowing that it will work. Only ordered an Ugly SVHS cable off ebay because htcustomcables were about $200 for one! Too much for a fella putting one in just in case! :blink:)

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Lacehim,

I looked at the Clipsal cBus system for my current house last year was quoted $12K!, forget that, finished up with a HPM IR (Halogen lighting) in HT plus IR auto front door unlock that's it. We have a camera at front to TV or PJ so one flick of the wrist and their in, dam lazy way to do things.

Well I guess your one of a few who liked our HT, some thought it was overdone, however, we and our (many) visitors love it. Even after a year I still sit there in amazement. I was recently given the full set of Planet Earth for my birthday, on the big screen its really awesome.

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Thanks for your thoughts on the CBUS system guys. I have quite a small house too, so maybe it's just not worth it. I'll have to look into the Starserve system more - I don't know much about that. Do you know if it can transmit 720p, 1080i and 1080p signals?

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Thanks for your thoughts on the CBUS system guys. I have quite a small house too, so maybe it's just not worth it. I'll have to look into the Starserve system more - I don't know much about that. Do you know if it can transmit 720p, 1080i and 1080p signals?

Hi

You can purchase a single plate c bus dimmer and a remote control for a few hundred dollars

Replace your existing wall light swich plate with the C bus switch plate. No additional wiring is required

You can control you HT lights by remote dimming and switching

I have it in my HT room

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Sorry to piggy back on here but i have sort of the same problem, except there is already a conduit in the wall which I belive isn't that large in diameter. I will be running a HTPC and perhaps a dvd-player and set top box tuner... There will probably be a receiver there as well. If I had to run one cable to the projector, what would you guys choose?

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I'm networking the whole house with Clipsal Starserve so that is already done.

I think I will ask the electrician to install some sort of ducting. I think I will install HDMI, Component, Composite, and maybe S Video to cover most of my bases. I might even finish it with a nice face plate like the one I saw online. At least if we move later on there won't be cables spilling out the wall!!!

Sounds like a bit of overkill on all those cables. I only have one HDMI and one composite video running to my projector, and I'm only running composite so I can have PIP function. That's ample. All my sources are now HDMI (PS3, OPPO DVD, Toppy PVR) so just a single cable option and switcher is plenty. And BTW, there really isn't that much difference in PQ between HDMI and composite, and none between HDMI and component.

But if you've got Starserve then cost probably isn't a consideration ...........!

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