I have just refurbished my house and wanted to have as few components as possible where the TV's are to reduce wiring and general clutter.
In the centure of the picture, you can see the TV, the centre, right and left speakers, a Xbox Kinect and a IR Relay - all cables dop through the wall and into the basement. behind the TV there are 4 x network drops, 2 x 3.5mm stereo, 1 VGA, 2 x HDMI, 2 x USB. these all drop to the basement.
on the left hand side there is an entertainment centre that has only an Xbox and a Bluray/Netflix box. there is a panel on the wall with 2 x USB, 2 x 3.5mm Stereo, USB and 2 x HDMI, 4x network. the HDMI signals from both units drop to the basement, the USB from the Kinect is fed to the xbox and the 3.5mm stereo line is used to relay IR signals.
in the basement is the Cable box, AV reciever, Core/MD, IR reciever and transmitter, a variety of Network stuff and a HD-PVR. I have both the cable box connected to the HD-PVR and the AV reciever to the TV. This allows me to view both via the LinuxMCE (on this or any other MD) and directly from the cable box (to this TV only).
My HD PVR has some issues and therefore I am interested in understanding how to set up a HDMI matrix so I can send the Cable box signal (and perhaps the Xbox and Bluray) to other MD locations, The one I am looking to use is http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10113&cs_id=1011310&p_id=8151&seq=1&format=2
. earlier this week I posted a question about Matrixes and will be moving forward to buy this device. remember you need either a HDMI under 25ft (ish) long or use 2 Cat5E/6 cables