I have been reading this forum and all of the useful info in it for over a month now and I feel ready to make my first "I am a newbie and I am looking for a new set" post. I hope I have supplied enough info below to warrant some help. If not, please let me know what I have omitted and I will get the info ASAP. Thanks for any tips you see fit to supply! System: Everything pretty old and low-end except for Panasonic DVD player that was top of the line three - four years ago. Sony receiver and speakers that are about seven - ten years old, but top of the line at their release. While DVD is most used source, other video sources at this time are PS2, $150 hi fi VCR and regular cable TV. (Will go to dish sooner rather than later.) Room: Just finished expanding the basement for a theater. The depth of the room is limited to about 15 feet. See diagram: ( http://mywebpages.comcast.net/graham...s/Theater1.jpg ) I have gray carpet and dark-cranberry red walls. The ceiling is about 10 feet high with it shortening to just about 6'6" to the right of the pillar, all along the right-hand wall. Preferences: I like to watch a variety of DVDs currently. Anything from huge SCI FI Blockbusters to small-budget films like Memento. I am also a fan of the older Film Noir genre which is almost entirely black and white and infinite shades of gray. Occasionally, I play console games such as my Play Station 2 on my system. The only TV I watch currently is Law and Order and West Wing. I plan to increase that to English Premier League once I get a dish. While I am more picky about picture than my fiance or friends, I am not one who is willing to pay 100% more for 1% improvement. I guess I am looking for an all around performer. Worries: 1. The size of the space is rather 'intimate." (Read "cramped if I want to try to get two rows of seats in.") 2. I have budgeted $3500, but since I am more of a sound guy than a picture guy, it may pay to spend less on the display device and put money into new sound. 3. If I change the location of the set to a diagonal to facilitate a larger audience, I may have sound issues. I have not tested yet. Questions: 1. If I limit myself to $3500.00, what would be the best display device to use? 2. How about $2000? 3. In looking at the diagram of the room, any ideas about how to create two rows of seats with a RP set? I would be willing to move the location of the set to a diagonal, but I have sound concerns I need to test. 4. Any recommended dealers in the Columbia, MD area? (Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC an all spots between are close.) 5. Anything else that I may find useful.