HDMI wall plates

caluminJune 12, 2013

I am a couple days away from installing kitchen cabinets and am now rethinking my idea to install a mounted TV on a wall, with the TV equipment (cable box, BluRay, etc) in a kitchen cabinet below.

Everything looked good until I started to thinking about ventilation. All the fan / ventilation solutions I've considered require at least minimal cutting into the exterior-facing part of the kitchen cabinets, which my wife is vetoing. Plus I can't find a good way to vent the hot air out that doesn't require a lot of working through wall studs and ducting.

The setup is this: mounting a TV on our kitchen wall. Power is in a recessed outlet just under the TV mount. The low voltage wires (HDMI, Cat 5e / Ethernet. IR) are behind the wall -- they had to cross through one wall stud, then hang down. The original idea was to bring them back into the side of a kitchen cabinet that extends as a peninsula. The cabinet has doors on both sides & doesn't have a natural place for a fan / vent.

The other side of the wall is my living room. Instead of using the kitchen cabinet, I'm thinking of attaching HDMI wall plates to the living room side wall, and connecting the devices there in open air (next to where my living room TV is placed). I also have an IR sensor under the TV so the remote controls should still work.

Are there any drawbacks with this approach? Would there be any loss of quality using multiple cables with an HDMI wall plate? Are some vendors better than others?

Thanks in advance..

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I think you're worried about nothing. I have some serious home theater amps in cabinets with glass fronts and backs. These amps are super heavy and create lots of heat. I've never had any issues with overheating. I have kept my blueray, receiver and other stereo equipment in the same type of cabinet for years and never had any overheating issues. I honestly think you're not going to have an issue.


    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 12:26AM
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Without practical experience with HDMI I can't say for sure, but theoretically the devices would work fine with an approved wall plate. Regarding the distance, you're always good for 15 feet, low capacitance cables work up to 45 feet or so, then there are amplified cables and devices to go farther. Plug it in and see, then troubleshoot from there.

You didn't ask this, but to solve the cooling issue you could vent straight down into the space under the cabinet. You could have an air intake in the toe kick on one side and output on the other side. Place a baffle underneath to divide the space in half. You probably have a heating vent under the kitchen sink in the toe kick that illustrates the point.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 6:22PM
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