OK, so here's the deal. In the new house we are building, we have a downstairs rec room that will serve as the in-home theater. I'm planning a 5.1 surround sound system backing up a large screen HDTV. The whole house is also wired with 2-RG6, 2-CAT6, and 2-fiber lines to many drops, all coming back to a rather substantial patch panel in the mechanical room. The rec room is ~15x17. There's a nitch at one end for the TV and a fireplace at the other end. I'm a novice at this. Some questions I encounter involve whether I should route all the speaker wires to a central location behind the TV and do all the connections to the Amps, etc there, or should I route it to the patch panels (another 20-30 feet) and do all the switching there? In wall or mounted speakers? 5 speakers, or more? Ceiling or wall mounted? The ceilings are 9 feet, the walls are drywall, and the two side walls will be insulated. If you thought it was better, I could easily have all 4 walls insulated. I have nothing specific in mind at this time, other than I'd prefer to pre-wire now, and hide the mess. As far as pricing is concerned, this is not a high enough priority for us to go top dollar, since we've never had it, therefore haven't missed it. As I said, right now it's only an issue of pre-wiring ... the rest can wait. Any thoughts that you might have will be welcome. Thanks a lot!