Hi All! After reading these forums for a few weeks I must say that I've been bitten pretty bad by the HT bug. So, I am now in the planning stages of my basement HT and have a few questions. The room specs are 21' (deep) x 14' (wide) with a little less than 8' high ceiling. I plan on having a stage up front and recessed ceiling with diffused lighting coming from the soffit. First, I've been reading about the staggered studding and wanted to know if it's worth the little bit of extra work or not. I plan on double insulating the ceiling and then sheetrock - 1 layer. I wondered if going through the staggered studding would be pointless if I don't actually beef up the ceiling more. (?) I'm not sure how much I care about sound proofing, as it's just my wife and I at home and we live in the middle of the woods so neighbors are not a problem. On the other hand, it's just some more studs so I kinda wanted to just do it for kicks to see (hear) the difference. Second, given the room dimensions above, I'm not sure how to figure out the best screen size and seating distance from the screen. I'm steering towards the new Sony VPL-HS20 LCD projector and at roughly 17' throw distance it's between 100"-120" diagonal. That seems rather large unless you're sitting back a bit. (The 17' I get because of the 21' room depth minus some kind of soffit + stage. I would like to mount the projector within the rear soffit so it doesn't hang from the ceiling above the viewers). What's the best way to figure this stuff out? I would like to have a second row of seating on a platform but I'm thinking with a ~110" screen I may not have enough room assuming the seating will be back a bit farther. Does the projector have some kind of zoom settings and if so about how much? Thanks, and just wanted to say these are great forums. I'm sure as I get closer to the building process I'll have many more questions.