wkearney99 said:Distributed HDMI sucks. The problem is HDMI requires handshaking between the devices. And unless ALL of your output devices are EXACTLY the same it ends up defaulted down to the lowest common denominator (which is often just 2-channel stereo). There are a ton of hacks to try and work around it, but those bring along their own cluster-f*ck of complications.
Then there's dealing with remote controlling the sources from remote locations. Again, you wander off into the weeds of all kinds of hacks. Meanwhile your wife/family hates the complexity.
In short, plan on having at least some sort of set top box locally at each TV. We like Tivo units & Chromecast gizmos. Others like Roku, AppleTV, etc. I've got the other gizmos and they never get used, at least not compared to the ease, convenience and completeness of coverage provided by the Tivo & Chromecast combos.
Here's another thought to consider, by the time you cobble together the various pieces to try to make older equipment work you'd probably be better off just replacing it with something new & current. As in, TV's without current HDMI support (features like CEC, pass-through, etc). Or receivers without the same. The headaches of trying to just DISCOVER what's broken about them are a hassle, let alone trying to deal with the in-between gizmos that "might" let them continue to be useful. Words from experience here...
I've got no issue with the distributed HDMI solution that I installed a few months ago. The client choose to provide his own HDMI 4x2 matrix. I installed and provided a Xantech IR receiver at each TV and on the projector wall, which provides the IR signaling to the A/V closet.
Understand that the only shared sources [now] are the PS3, Xbox, and CCTV NVR. The DirecTV boxes are centrally located, but are dedicated to each room. They pretty much only use the PS3 for the BD player and aren't trying to watch a movie in two places at once. The same with gaming from the Xbox. They just didn't want to have to move it from room to room, or purchase have multiple.