I'm still in the framing stage of construction of my basement home theater. One area I just can't get a hold on is where to place the equipment rack. Here's the stats: The room is 18'3" from screen to back wall, 13'4" wide, and the ceiling is 7'2". The screen is not at the wall - there is another six feet from the screen to the wall behind it. This area behind the stage is sort of a compromise due to a fireplace positioned at an angle in one corner. I figure that by using a black curtain behind the screen, I'll have a dark background that will disappear during viewing, but I can still see the fireplace (if I choose to do so) by moving the screen and the curtain. My choices on where to place equipment would seem to be: (1) behind the stage, possibly using some type of remote sensor pickup (I know very little about these); (2) on the stage; (3) on shelves in the back wall; (4) somewhere along the side walls. My plan for the side walls is several small columns, framing out areas between them for posters and electric baseboard heaters. I know it's hard to visualize this from my description, but I guess I'm looking for various solutions others have used when placing equipment. Oh, I also left out that this will be front projection, with (probably) an Infocus X1 either ceiling mounted or on a shelf on the back wall. Thanks!!