A couple more questions:
* What type of veneer did you use on the speakers?
* Have you had a chance to listen to the setup yet?
Yes many times. Everything sounds great even without acoustic treatments. My brother came over this past weekend and he has a decent system costing about $800 for his speakers (I know it's not much) and has a $500 amp (again not much) but he wanted to sell everything he has and start building speakers after his experience in my room. hehe
Do you find the front sound field a bit uneven with the center mounted well above the left and right? Always a tough decision with a non-AT screen.
This is a tough one for me. I read a post somewhere from Dennis Erskine stating that the placement of the center channel is better served over the screen since our brains have a harder time localizing sound coming from above. I might try it below the screen to see the difference but for the most part I don't notice its location. It sounds central to me. It will probably help when it's hidden behind all the screens I still need to make. That way I won't see that thing staring down at me.
The bass must be amazing with those two 15's.
I wanted to go IB but it just wasn't going to work well in this room or should I say I didn't want my entire neighborhood calling the cops on me daily. I was a little reluctant to do 2 subs as I thought it might be overkill but I'm glad I did. After I got 1 done I tried it out and while it sounded good it really filled out the stage and added another dimension having a second. It also allows me to move them around to optimize them. I think a single is fine especially on a budget but I would try and plan for 2 down the road. You can't really have too much bass in my opinion. Those sub-sonic sounds aren't heard but felt.
With this room on the second floor there is no need whatsoever for buttkickers. The tactile response in the room is exceptional.
* What projector are you using?
It's an Optima HD70 I bought years ago. I plan to replace it in the near future but I'm content with it at the moment. I want to move up to a 1080P unit with better contrast soon. I have 100% light control in the room and the blacks just aren't very good.
* A wife and 3 kids. My situation as well. How did you convince the family that the time and money spent on the theater was a good thing?
My wife LOVES movies so it was easy really. Also we bought the house almost exclusively on the fact that there is a bonus room over the garage that was a nice 18'x20' with 9' ceilings that would make a nice HT room. As for the money it really hasn't been all that bad. Looking back on the project I could have done it for $3 grand I bet, maybe less. DIY screens are cheap, used PJ is cheap, speakers can add up but you can get nice used setups cheap. Then all you need is furniture to sit on. I think the money really starts to add up with the construction piece of it. If you can't DIY that part it could be a huge cost. Materials for the most part is cheap, labor not so much.