"I am currently a 35 year old husband and father of 3 designing the home of our dreams. My passions have always been movies, music, and games. While my wife is taking a painstaking amount of time planning out the pool area, the one feature of my dream home that I will plan is going to be a home theater. I am willing to spend a lot of money to make this happen... my budget for the theater is $500,000, give or take. I'm hoping to spend less than this, but if a few pieces of equipment exceed $100,000 for premium quality, then so be it. The house this theater is going in is new construction. I've purchased the land, but we have not yet finalized the floor plan. The theater will be on ground level or slightly below. I want to make sure every detail is done correctly so I will be hiring professionals to install the equipment, but I want to know from you guys... the most critical audiophiles and visualphiles on the planet... what equipment I should buy. If any of my initial ideas need revising (maybe the dimensions are wrong, or my seating ideas are wrong... whatever... please stop me. As I'm sure you all know, this isn't a small project and I will probably spend the rest of my life in this home so I don't want to mess this up!) Let me tell you a little about the room. It will be about 16 feet wide and 37 feet deep with about 9 foot ceilings. I want to have 3 rows of stadium seating, with each row about 9 inches higher than the next. I figure the room will comfortably seat 10-12 in chairs, with 3 or 4 bar stools in the back. There will be no windows, so I'll have full control over the lighting. The back of the room will be a bar. I'll have a popcorn machine, fountain soda machine, and things like that back there. I also plan to have the equipment room and storage somewhere in the back of the room. I've pretty much settled on some of the things I want to use. Reciever - Denon AVR 4806 DVD Player - Denon 5910 I will have an Xbox360, Playstation 3, etc. for use in the room. The two big things I need help with is audio and video. For audio, the sky is the limit. I want the best sound I can get. I'm assuming 7.1 will be good. I've heard towers are the most expensive but give the best sound, so if possible, I'd like to have all 7 speakers high-end towers. One thing that is important to me is that the speakers be built into the walls so they don't protrude into the room... so I need to decide on what speakers to get so I can have the room built with holes fitted so the speakers will fit snugly into the walls. A few brands I've heard thrown around are B&W, Meridian, and JBL Synthesis. I'm open to suggestions. I'm pretty clueless on subwoofers. Don't even know where optimum placement in the room would be. For video, I am looking for a screen of at least 100 inches, maybe closer to 150 inches because this is going to be a pretty large room. I'm assuming the way to go will be a projector and screen. I just want the best color I can get... and I want a projector that I will be able to use with lots of inputs because I will want the option to be able to watch TV (HD of course... it might come from satellite, perhaps digital cable...), play videogames, watch DVDs, have some sort of TiVo like device, maybe have a karaoke machine, etc. etc. you get the idea... I'm also a bit confused if the projector has all the inputs I need, what is the point of having a reciever (unless of course I can't hook up the speakers to the projector)? The way I'm assuming I'll hook it up is have video game machines, dvd player, tape deck, etc. etc. all hooked in to the reciever, and then have an output from the reciever running to the projector. Is that correct? In any event, I'm sorry for having so many questions, but any help is very appreciative."