Hi all, first time on this forum. Great place! Already have alot of details. Here's my situation. I'm not yet ready both budget-wise or planning-wise to even figure out what my HT needs are, just that I have them Anyway, we just bought a new house and are in the process of finishing our basement. In fact, the contractor hasnt started yet, hopefully on Wed/Thurs. I understand that alot can be done ahead of time that can save me time and $$$ down the road, once I make my decisions. I spent time reading that whole thread about "what would you do different", and pulled out 25 items right off the bat. That was SOOOOOOO helpful. I was also able to track down a CEDIA certified company locally that I'm hoping to use in the planning. Here's where I'm at: - I know I want a HT. I currently have a 5-1 surround sound system from Sony from 1998. And a 36" Panasonic Tube Tv. - I dont know if the space we're finishing will warrant a projection screen. I'll be about 10' at most from the viewing area. Is that too close to need a projector and big screen? I'm thinking I might just go with a Plasma TV or something. I will be using the room as a general Man Room/Hideout to watch Tv, sports, video games, etc. So maybe this isnt a true HT? - I read something about having the right ratios in the dimensions of the room, so I'm factoring that in. - B/c this is in the basement, will see how much it will cost to have a wood subfloor installed for better bass. I have a bunch of other areas to think about. Any input? What about that 2nd bullet above? Thanks so much. I've learned alot from just 2 hrs on this site!