I'm planning my first home theater. I have a fairly good idea of how I want to set it up and what the limitations of the room are, but I'd like to solicit advice and suggestions from folks who know what they're doing. The Room -------- This is a diagram of the room and how I imagine it will be setup: http://www.nineshadoweyes.com/images/HT_plan_1.gif The room is oddly shaped. It's in the back of the first floor of a three story townhouse. There's nothing underneath the floor except a concrete slab. Adjacent to the room are two small unfinished rooms - one is supposed to be a bathroom, but is currently the domain of my three cats and their poop. The other room is the utility room where the furnace and water heater are. There is only dry wall between the home theater room and these two unfinished rooms. Being a townhouse, there are two town homes on either side of me. Luckily, there are two 1" firewalls between us and these provide excellent sound blocking. This room used to be a music room with drums and electric guitars in it, which I've played stupidly loud at time, but the neighbors say they never heard it unless they went outside. So no worries there. I'll have to see about the sub... The walls are standard drywall with normal insulation. There is one window and one sliding glass door in the room. They will be covered with thick, black cotton velvet drapes. There are currently blue honeycomb blinds in place; they'll stay, but probably won't ever be visible. The windows face east and there are townhomes behind us so that it is never too bright. Plus, there's a deck on the second level that provides constant shade. The two doors in the room are really crappy; slotted, light, and really poor quality, cardboard almost. The one to the hall will let in a lot of light so I'm going to put a black velvet drape over it. The other door leads to the utility room where there are no windows or anything so i don't need to put a curtain over it, but I think I will glue foam to the back of it to keep that room from reverberating. There are two ceiling lights. I want to replace them with those little halogen lights and maybe an X10 switch. I'd like to setup some kind of indirect lighting, but I'm not sure how I can do that. The ceiling is 8'. The floor is a very light berber carpet, kinda dirty white with speckles, mostly blue. I plan on painting the walls a dark, rosy red and the ceiling a charcoal color. The center channel speaker will be mounted to the wall above the TV, probably about 6' high. The Goods ------------- Samsung 56" DLPHLN567W Denon 3803 receiver Denon 2900 DVD player Monster Cable HTS3600 line conditioner Mirage OM7 fronts (floor standers, 44" tall) Mirage OM200 sub Mirage OMR2HG surrounds Mirage OMC2 center Salamander Designs Triple-20 TV thingie (http://www.salamanderdesigns.com/syn/triples.jsp) XBOX w/ component video Media PC (home build) w/ DVI connect Bunch o' Monster cables The Furniture ------------- 2 smallish reclining chairs with ottomans - light and portable 1 light weight sofa 1 80" book shelf The Questions ------------- 1. The two lights I want to put in will be recessed into the ceiling, but be pretty much in the center line of the room. Is this bad? Should I try to put in lighting on either side of the room? 2. Is the sub in a good location? 3. Should I insulate the walls seperating the home theater room from the two unfinished rooms? 4. Would the Auralex Alpha 1 Roominator Kit be good for this setup? http://www.auralex.com/sound_control...rol_alpha1.asp[/edit] 5. If I was going to put in two more bookshelves, where should I put them? 6. Should the large back wall be bare (live) or should I put stuff on it to make it dead. 7. Any stupendously good reason why I should move the setup to the other wall? I picked the small wall because 1) that's where the cable jack is, 2) i have more room on the bigger wall to keep the sofa and chinning/dipping station, 3) it makes it easier to get to the sliding doors, and 3) it will look better over all. 8. Finally, should the ceiling be a lighter or darker color than the walls? I was going for a charcoal. Please, any other comments are truly appreciated. I'm really new to this and this is my 1st HT. Many humble thanks for reading this and helping me out.