I am closing on a new home purchase at the end of this month and my wife has given my permission to spend $5,000 on a home theater. I already own an Onkyo 7.1 receiver with 5 Klipsch speakers and a 12" Klipsch subwoofer, so I'm hoping $5,000 will be enough for a quality projector/screen combo with a little leftover for remodeling the room. I have two rooms to choose from and I need help deciding which is best. I've been lurking around this forum for a few weeks and have learned a lot, thank you, but I'd love some opinions. Room #1 - 300 sq. ft Bonus room over garage. 18x15x8 Pros -Dedicated room - I can board up the window so there's no light in the room - Easy attic access to run the wiring - Fully enclosed for better sound - It's upstairs, the kids rooms are in the basement - I can watch movies all night without waking the kids (at least until I upgrade to a 7.2 receiver and add a second sub) Cons - smaller than the other room - less seats available and we'll be closer to the screen - 8' cieling - Over the garage so it may be harder to regulate temperature - The cieling has trusses above it which slope down on both sides, the walls are all straight but I may not be able to put speakers or components into the wall because of the slope Room #2 Basement Family room - 600 sq. ft. 15x40x9or10 Pros - Much bigger - more seats, better viewing angle - I could add a pool table, Xbox Kinect, etc. and have my Man Cave - More room on side walls to hide components - Taller ceiling means 2-3 rows of stadium seating Cons - The kids rooms are in the basement and I may have to turn down the volume (what's the point if I have to turn down the volume?) - 3 big windows (I could put covers over the window wells on the outside, and curtains on the inside to block most light - It's an open room with a hallway at one end and stairs at the other - no doors to contain the sound I'm sure I've left off a ton of pros/cons to each of these two rooms which is why I'm asking for your help. Do I take the bigger room that gives me more options but will probably have lower quality sound/picture and will also have kids running through it? Or do I take the smaller, dedicated room that would have great acoustics but might get crowded during March Madness?