Hello all! I have been away (but not out for the count!) for quite some time from this forum! We moved from warm and sunny Southern California to cold and overcast New York (the things we do for a career!) last year and for the past year and a half I've been deprived of all my equipment (sitting packed up in boxes) However, the winter is nearly over and I now have the pleasure of building a HT in the basement of our new home .. from scratch!!! The basement is completely unfinished (concrete all around) and has a floor to beam height of close to 9 feet (yoohoo!). So the plan is to make a room that is about 14ft x 20ft x 8.5ft (give or take a few inches). I'll be working on a "room within a room" concept and also using AcoustiBloc all around. The doors will be 2 layers of solid core with probably a sandwich of AcousticBloc. So I suspect that the sound isolation issue can be controlled. All construction will be done using a contractor (who is also an excellent carpenter). For the interior, I'm planning on a wooden subfloor (2x4s laid flat with ply on top) with carpeting. The questions I'm sort of stuck with are with regards to acoustic treatments. My search reveals that most folks agree that you do not want the room too "live" or "dead". Fibreglass boards such as those by Owens Corning or InsulShield have been suggested with the front wall completely covered, the side and rear walls covered to ear height. It also appears to be generally accepted that the boards be covered with fabric. Unfortunately this may not fly that easily with the wife, whose point is that the room is also to be used for "other" purposes (not just movie watching). As I am not convinced that I should alienate her quite yet, theater style chairs and fabric covered walls are out . Can I paint the boards instead? Why is it that no one refers to painting them? Or should I just ignore putting fibreglass and focus on room treatments such as those coming from www.realtraps.com? After all I may need those for bass traps anyways, right? Will they do a good enough job that I can ignore the fibreglass boards altogether? Please help! Man ... its great to be back!!!