Hi folks, Im new to the board and have been researching and dreaming about creating a HT in the basement of my home which I plan to build or buy in the next year/year and a half with my new wife. What Im wondering is: 1) strategies: is it better to build the HTRoom after building the house, or during? If done during, how does the home theatre design company interface with the building contractors to get this done? 2) cost - is it kosher to discuss cost on this board? Basically Im wondering what sort of budget I need to get this accomplished. Put it this way: we are upper middle class people, not millionaires...but both have good careers and we have no children yet. The car's paid for I own a nice Sony DVD player and a Pioneer Receiver - but I suspect the receiver would be insufficient. Would 20-30 thousand (Canadian) be a reasonable budget, or will I end up with a mediocre setup? Are projection/screen systems vastly more costly than say a 61 inch TV with an enclosure? Any tips in this area would be greatly appreciated. Open to any and all advice. Thanks! ------------------ Share your home theatre building tips, websites, commentary, pictures with me at any time at [email protected] Thanks!