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Motorhome Installation

We were approached by Concorde Motorhomes after no other company was either willing or able to complete this installation. The new owners are from, and the home for the motorhome is Melbourne.

Equipment

The installation comprised of two TVs, one on an electric lifter, Apple TV, Foxtel, 4G Telstra Wi-Fi access point and a Netgear Wi-Fi router and a pair of URC MX780i remote controls. Both Apple TV and Foxtel was are distributed throughout the motorhome. The URC remote control operates all the equipment listed above, so with a single touch of a button the remote control will turn on the TV, switch over to the correct input and it will then control that device, the system is setup so the remote control does not need to point directly to the device it is controlling, the remote control transmits via RF signals.

A HDMI splitter, and a HDMI modulator was also installed to successfully distribute the video throughout the motorhome.

 

Concorde Motorhome URC remote control programming

Concorde Motorhome

Concorde Motorhome 2

Concorde Motorhome bedroom TV lifter

Concorde Motorhome equipment install

Concorde Motorhome install inside front

Concorde Motorhome install inside

Concorde Motorhome living room TV

HDMI over fibre optics lead

long HDMI runs, over fibre optics cable

HDMI cable has come a long way from the early days where they were first HDMI logointroduced. Originally HDMI cables only supported video and required a second cable to carry the audio, and then not to mention the limitations on distance. Though with addition equipment, that all be overcome, but some good news is on the horizon. A manufacturer has developed a hybrid HDMI cable and although there are other versions available from different manufacturers, what sets this one apart from the rest is it has been certified to transmit 18Gbps (in line with current quality HDMI leads), it has been developed and is currently for sale. HDMI over fibre optics is a relatively new technology, and as all HDMI cables currently use copper conductors to transmit the video and audio (with 19 conductors/wires in each lead), there is a lot of information that needs to be transmitted. However, with the advent of HDMI over fibre optics, distance limitations are virtually eliminated, there is only a single lead which also makes the lead much thinner as well.HDMI over fibre optics lead

How HDMI over fibre optics work is that there is a microchip in the head of the connector on each end that transforms the electrical signals into light and back again on the other end. Light is used to transmit the information as opposed to copper conductors, this is why distance is eliminated, copper wires can induce interference and the longer the cable, the more the signal degrades as well. So most cables will be designed to be directional and will be marked, the physical size of the microchip of a fibre optics HDMI lead is also no bigger than then size of a standard sized plug so really the only way to know if it’s a fibre optics HDMI lead will be either the lead is over 20 meters long, or the cable itself will be thinner than usual.

HDMI over data cableThere are other systems on the market currently that extends HDMI signals over 20 meters, but they use external transmitters and receivers which in some cases is unrealistic to use and not to mention bulky as well. The head of the new HDMI leads is still about the same size with the microprocessor built-in, it still looks like a conventional lead but comes in various lengths.

At the time of writing this blog, the only downside with this new type of lead is the price; a 12-meter lead can set you back $450, a 30 meter is about $890, then for those really long runs, a 305 meter lead is $2,800.

Conclusion

This type of lead is a very good idea if you need a high definition picture to a TV outside from your home theatre system or in another room where conventional HDMI lead is unable to reach, it will simplify the installation with a single lead without worrying about any other converters or boosters.

Sources

http://www.hdmi.org

http://www.soundandvision.com/content/dpl-labs-certifies-new-tributaries-optical-hdmi-cable-18gbps#8FyXBJAzXAhjddUH.97

http://www.tributariescable.com/products/UHDO

Marantz SR7009

Marantz with Jamo 7.1 Home Theatre System

These two home theatre systems were completed in Weston. Both home theatre systems are using Marantz receivers with Jamo 360 S25HCS8 and Jamo 360 S35HCS8 and both systems have Samsung TV’s.

The first room is using a Samsung TV on a pivot bracket for full motion and the Marantz SR7009 with Jamo 360 S35HCS8 7.1 speaker system, Foxtel is running out to the patio from the Marantz receiver on Zone 2 to the TV, Niles wall mounted outdoor speakers are also installed out on the patio and are also powered off the Marantz receiver.

The second room is also using a Samsung TV on a pivot bracket and the Marantz receiver but using the NR1605 receiver and Jamo 360 S25HCS8 7.1 speaker package, Foxtel, Xbox and external hard drive.

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Jamo 360S25HCS8 front speker setup Jamo 360S25HCS8 side view Jamo 360S25HCS8 surround speakers Jamo 360S35HCS8 completed Jamo 360S35HCS8 renovations in progress pair Jamo 360S35HCS8 surround speakers pair completed Jamo 360S35HCS8 with Marantz SR7009 Jamo S36025HCS8 speakers Marantz NR1605 with Xbox Marantz SR7009 setup Marantz SR7009 with Foxtel Zone 2 Renovated room 2 renovated room Wall plates lounge Wall plates

Wall mounted TV 1

Belmont South tidy up installation

TV wall mounted, Foxtel and Blu-ray player all in a mess. We were asked tidy it up, re install all the equipment onto an A/V shelf and also added Apple TV and also requested quality sound to complement the install without going over budget. Completed in Belmont South.

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Belmont South After 1

Belmont South After 2 Belmont South After 3 Belmont South Before 1 Belmont South Before 2

 

 

 

Wi-Fi Vs Hard Wired Home Network and the Internet

With the advancement of wireless technology, how relevant is hard Marantz LAN backwiring your home to access the internet? You may be surprised to hear but it’s more important than ever. It is extremely important to ensure data passes through without interference to your Foxtel box, home theatre system, your TV, gaming systems like the PS3 or PS4 to enable streaming services like Netflix and Stan and stream music without dropouts too.

More and More internet capable equipment

We only need to look back about 5 year ago at how many devices we had that connected to the internet and then wireless devices in general, not as many as today right. Today we have everything from TV’s, home theatre systems, gaming consoles, phones, tablets (iPad and android), multi room audio systems and now even our watches can connect to the internet (apple and android watches), no doubt future internet capable fridge’s and washing machines will become a lot more price comparative, and then who knows what else will be internet capable.

So as more technology is introduced into our homes, our use if the internet will only increase, we cannot escape that, so a well-built infrastructure is necessary to maintain proper connection otherwise problems from slow to no connection at each/all devices will occur.

A well designed system

So we’ve established that the infrastructure is important, but where and how to start? If a device has both options to hard wire as well as wireless, always choose the hard wire option first if possible, only then will you be guaranteed that you will have the best connection possible, wireless should only be used as a last resort or if you cannot hard wire your device like a phone or tablet.

Apple TV backDevices like Foxtel boxes, TV’s, home theatre systems, computers, gaming consoles and most portable music systems (multi room audio systems) are all capable of being hard wired, if they are not hard wired, issues can develop from the device constantly buffering (trying to catch up) to the connection failing, especially noticeable if streaming HD movies from a NAS system internally (within your home) or externally using services like YouTube, Netflix or Stan.

The work involved to hard wire your equipment

Hard wiring your devices is not as simple as it sounds, unless your equipment is in the same room as your modem/router you can go ahead and plug it in and away you go. Australian standards in wiring rules exist everyone and if these are not followed, hard wiring your devices will become a waste of time and money. Without confusing you too much, data talking is like fax tones and for those of you that remember what a fax machine looks like and sounded like, it’s the same idea, if noise is introduced into the cabling due to poor installation, this will interfere with the sending and receiving data and hence being a waste of time and money.LAN port

Conclusion

Wi-Fi is a great idea but should only be used as a last resort, hard wiring all other devices will give you the best results for internet and data access, most equipment has a choice of either being wireless or hard wired, some are wireless only and some are hard wired only like Foxtel boxes for example.

Heos amp and data installation

Multi-room Heos and Home Theatre Installation

Multi-room audio & Data

This home theatre installation and multi-room audio system was done in Fletcher, the component are made up of the awarding winning Heos Amp and Heos link (Denon products), they are connected to Niles in ceiling speakers, the NAD amplifier is driving two pairs of Niles speakers. The Foxtel is running through a HDMI splitter and is feeding two rooms. The data cabling is Cat6 cable, it was installed to every TV and desktop computer in the house.

Home Theatre

The home theatre system is made up of a 120 inch flat projector screen, Arcam receiver, PSB speakers, Epson projector, Foxtel, Panasonic blu-ray player, Telstra T-box and a Heos link.

   Foxtel after installFraming stage 1Heos Amp installHome theatre 1Home theatre 2Home theatre 3Home theatre 4Home theatre 5Home Theatre frameHome thetare 6

HDMI to Cat6 Tx

How to send a Foxtel box into another room via HDMI, TV antenna or Data cabling part 2

Disadvantages are;

  • There is no built in option to change Foxtel channels from the second room without purchasing addition equipment.
  • HDMI modulator will cost more then an AV digital modulator, AV digital modulator use the yellow/red/white leads, there is a very noticeable picture quality difference between the two standard definition and high definition digital modulates.

Addition equipment to think about; if you would like the ability to change the Foxtel channel from the second, third, fourth ect room, there are devices available to connect to the TV antenna cabling to transmit the remote control back to the Foxtel box.

HDMI over cat6 data cable for multiple Foxtel boxes and longer runs

This option can solve all of the problems listed above, Single HDMI extension kitthere are also a few different options we have available by converting the HDMI into data cable.

The first advantage is, if you have a need to only transmit the Foxtel to one room, we can mix the HDMI signal from the Foxtel box on to a single data cable and then run the data cable up to 70 meters to any TV your home or outside into the man cave. This option is ideal for long runs and only to a single TV.

The second option is, locating all your Foxtel boxes in a single room/cupboard/comms cabinet so they are all out of sight and then mixing them all into a matrix bHDMI to Cat6 matixox. This type of system is too complex to explain in this blog but it can be expanded for example up to 8 inputs and 8 outputs, all 8 TVs have the ability to see all 8 inputs/devices connected, so in simple terms you could input up to 8 Foxtel boxes and HDMI to Cat6 matrix plantransmit to 8 TVs OR input 4 Foxtel, 2 Blu-ray players and a PS4 (as the PS4 uses Bluetooth for the controllers, you would have to be in the next room for this to work) and leave the last one spare for future use. This option gives you the ability to also change channels as well from all the rooms.

Disadvantage;

There is only one disadvantage, if you have an old TV connected and it is only a standard definition, the matrix will down scale the image to suit the oldest TV (to eliminate and conflicts in the picture), this means if you have a new HD TV or UHD TV, you will see the image in standard definition, this is only because if the old TV, once all the old TVs are updated, only then will the matrix transmit in full HD.

Summary;

Depending on your requirements will depend on the equipment need, there is no reason why you can not do any of this yourself, but you need to understand that the more complex the system you go the more critical it is to correctly install the equipment, if not done correctly damage can occur to the equipment or the equipment connected. we always recommend something like this be install be a repeatable home theatre installation company.

HD digital modulator

Send a Foxtel box to another room via HDMI, TV antenna or Data cabling part 1

Setting up Foxtel in another room is all legal so you don’t have to worry, setting up a second, third or more room without a second set top box has its advantages and disadvantages, but it is a great way for you to save money in the long term with a little bit of outlay upfront, there are a few different ways to achieve and this and it will all depend on your overall requirements. From running a single HDMI cable to another TV in another room, to mixing it in with the TV antenna system to using a 3rd party device specially designed for long cable runs and distribution.

HDMI cabling

The simplest and cheapest way is to run a HDMI lead from the Foxtel box to the second TV, but there are limits involved and some extra equipment is needed as well. If cheap and easy is all you want with high quality audio and video, then this option is all you will need, though on the back of the Foxtel box there is only one HDMI output, so how do we split the signal? Easy, we use a HDMI splitter. So to sum up this process we take a HDMI cable out of the Foxtel box and into a HDMI splitter, then one lead will go back into the original TV or amplifier and the second output lead will go into the new TV in the other room.

The advantages are;4 way HDMI splitter

  • High quality video and audio to both TVs.
  • Cheapest solution with without compromising the video and audio.

The disadvantages are;

  • All TVs will see the same channel.
  • HDMI has a limit of 20 meters, the longer the HDMI cable is, the more the will signal degraded, so the second, third or fourth TV would need to be in either in the next room or so for this fix to work.
  • There is no built in option to change Foxtel channels from the second room without addition equipment.

Addition equipment to think about; if you would like the ability to change the Foxtel channel from the second room, there are devices available to transmit the remote control back to the Foxtel box.

Mixing it with the TV antenna

Mixing the Foxtel in with the TV antenna eliminates some of the problems from the first solution. Once the HDMI signal form the Foxtel box (or RCA signal, the yellow/red/white lead) is mixed in with the TV antenna through a digital modulator, only then will every TV HD digital modulatorantenna point be able watch Foxtel on a digital channel, and because we used HDMI to mix into the TV antenna, we will see the Foxtel on all the other TVs in a high definition channel (unless we used the yellow/red/white lead, we will then only see it in standard definition).

Advantages are;

  • We are not limited to distance as much.
  • We can send the signal to all the TVs in the house.

See the Disadvantages on part 2 of this blog.