Not sure where to start, so I'll kick things off with this thread.
The purpose is to help me build out a media/movie room. I am willing to spend between $10 and $15k for everything (furniture included). Not looking for a top-of-the-line setup, or to succumb to diminishing returns. Just want a solid setup that can deliver movies, sports, and maybe hooking up a game system sometime in the future. Watching NFL games is equally (or slightly more) important than movies.
I just moved into a new home and the builder put a media room in the basement. It's nice because there are no windows and he tiered the floor for seating. It's frustrating because he didn't prep it for any media center specific wiring or lighting (aside from adding some crappy speakers). I am going to have to cut into the drywall quite a bit to get everything wired up.
I have added a picture of the room with dimensions to this thread. The basics are it's 10'10" wide, 8'8" high, and 19' deep.
I need help on everything.
Projector: Epson 5030UB [this seems like a pretty easy choice!]
Screen: ? [is the Monoprice stuff OK like here
Receiver: ? [I don't know how to decide between 5.1 and 7.1]
Front L and R: ?
Rear L and R: ?
Video Source: DirecTV + ?
How the heck do I make quick, smart decisions on all this stuff. Are there solid, "go to" answers to most of these areas that fit within my budget and requirements? Would be awesome if the forum maintained some sort of "currently recommended" lists with a budget, mid-tier, and high-end option for each category...
Anyway, any help on how to think through the components would be greatly appreciated. Then I can start sawing through drywall.