How should you set up your VidaBox systems for multizone AV? Take a look at the different wiring options below!
De-Centralized Distribution Good for small setups with 1-4 video zones
This design is best for small setups where adding a matrix switcher is unnecessary and may become cost prohibitive. Each room would have its own AV equipment for fully independent, separate AV streams
With this design, many set-top boxes are needed. Content on 1 TV set-top box may not be available on another TV, unless your set-top boxes support multiroom DVR. Consider adding in a matrix switcher for larger scale projects.
Centralized Distribution Good for large AV setups, requires matrix switcher
A centralized matrix switching distribution design allows any room to access any source, and adds synchronized video to any zone. We can also keep each AV zone free and clear of any unnecessary AV equipment.
We can use a component-based (1080i max) or HDMI-based (1080p) matrix switcher for centralized video distribution. HDMI will provide better AV quality, but be aware of possible HDCP/EDID issues appearing.
Hybrid Distribution Ideal setup for multizone AV acccess with no HDCP/EDID issues
At time of writing, the maximum true quality from TV service providers is still 1080i, which can be distributed via component. This can be matrix switched to all TVs.
Native, true 1080p is only available on Blu-ray - which is preserved with HDMI feeds into each TV from VidaBox extenders. This eliminates any HDCP/EDID issues from HDMI distribution.