Well, my wife and I just decided that we are going to finish our basement within the next 2-3 years. The design plan will include a 13' x 25' home theater room, which will FINALLY allow me to place my TV and speakers where they need to go (i.e., meaning the TV/center channel will NOT be in the corner of the room). Currently, my fireplace is in the way of placing the TV/center channel along the center wall area).
Of course my wife has never been crazy about HT since the very beginning (I KNOW some you guys out there can relate to this!), but I really think she likes the idea of me ridding the speakers from the upstairs family room (as you all know how much space they can take up), as well as not walking into the house with the speakers blaring at her face point blank.
Like I said, it's perhaps 2-3 of years off, and because we are in no financial position to do it all at once, we are going to do it in phases: (1) installing electrical/plumbing, (2) building the framework, (3) putting up the drywall, and (4) installing the carpeting/recessed lighting. I also want to wall mount my surrounds and hide all wiring (nothing buried under the carpet this time around!), as well as use "acoustically sound" insulation and/or other materials.
Oh, and the 32" Toshiba that I currently have will eventually be replaced by a 50" plasma TV for the HT room soon after it is completed. Hopefully, prices will be lower and quality higher for these sets by then.
Sorry for all the blathering, but if any of you guys have any thoughts/ideas on what I should consider as I pursue this venture, please "sound off"! Thanks in advance.