My wife and I are buying a new house that's an original Mid-Century Modern house, and there's literally no place in the great room to hang a TV on a wall (all glass), with the exception of the rock fireplace wall, and no TV is going to be hanging on the rock. So, the plan is to build an old-school stereo cabinet in a Mid-Century design.
I've designed and built plenty of furniture, and have an extensive set of woodworking tools. I've also designed and built speakers and subwoofers. The cabinet will look like a typical MCM sideboard, but when the TV is turned on from a remote, it'll rise out of the cabinet, and be hidden when off. For audio, it'll be stereo only, with the speaker design based on whether I can design a folded horn subwoofer to fit inside the cabinet or not.
I'll be using Kodi on a Pi as my primary media player, for movies, PVR (whole-house MythTV OTA), and especially music. All gear will be located left and right of the cabinet, accessed from the top of the cabinet from flip up panels (see the attached photo below).
As one avenue of control, I'd like to put a Pi touchscreen inside the cabinet under one of the flip-up panels, where the touch screen would be the main display, but then have the player output via HDMI. So, one could walk to the cabinet, open a lid, use the touchscreen to select a movie which would play on the TV, while the Kodi interface remains on the touchscreen.
I know that video output can be directed to HDMI on a Pi where the touchscreen is the default display as in the following example:
But the question is—has anyone here done anything similar? Or, does anyone know if the player can be routed in this manner (I think it can)?
# omxplayer --display=5 video.mkv
If no one knows, I'll try to hack it myself and get it to work and report back.
BTW, when I was a kid, we had the stereo TV cabinet in the middle of this advert. The tuners were on the right side, and turntable on the left.