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JK
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Wiring for new home

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I am building a new home and the builder's standard prewire is Cat 5, RG6. The local audio/video shop tells me that is a mistake and I should use a Dual CAT5 and a "Liberty" bundle to be ready for HDMI. They are telling me to wire every TV location this way and home run to the basement. They claim I can then put all of my DVRs there and won't need them to be located with the TVs. Does this make sense to do? Thanks in advance for your help.
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It makes sense if you can afford it and all your tvs are wall mounted big screens.
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Just be aware that HDMI cabling should only be 20 feet or so at the standard 28awg.  For home run future-proofing, I'd spec out at least a 20awg HDMI cable, or request some sort of conduit to the box so you can run better cables when the technology demands it.
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Also, CAT 5 is rapidly becoming obsolete.  CAT 5e or better yet CAT 6 is the new de facto standard.
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