I don't consider myself a beginner, so forgive me if this is in the wrong Forum. I am starting construction of my basement, in which I plan on centering around my home theater. I haven't gotten any specific equipment purchsed, or in mind for that matter, but I wanted to ask a few preliminary questions first. I have been looking into doing the entire electrical system in x10 (or another type of wireless controller) rather than having to go through learning curve with a system like ABUS. I am going to have basically four quadrants (Pool table, Theater, Bar, and Table) of the room I am looking to control and when I sit down to watch a movie, I want to be able to press a button and have the lights dim/turn off accoringly. For instance, if I want to watch a movie, but someone is playing pool, I want a button that is labeled - Theater with Pool, or if we're entertaining, and we need to leave the bar lights on a button thas says - Theater with Bar. You get the point. My question is, I have read that x-10 is the cheap way to go, but can't really find anything that's comperable. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg, but I want it do what I want. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm going to post pictures of the floorplan and wiring diagrams soon, but any comments on projectors/recievers/speakers etc. would be great. I going to try and stay under $5000, for the equipment. Projector and Reciever being the bulk of it. I am going to set it up to be wired for basically 11.2 surround with speakers only on 7.1 of them. I'm babbling. Thanks for the help!