I must say that is one forum I have neglected for so long. I was on the main page when it recommeded this reading if considering a ht build. There is so much info and perspectives put here to help aid anyone on their journey. I have been planning and building my ht theater room for 3 years(yeah I am a little slow plus I can only do what funds allow me to) . But I understand the compromises greatly, originally I was going to close off my ht so I could have the great inclosed ht feeling. Plus it would give me a seperate area for a little bar area, then my wife pointed out that I wouldn't be happy with the bar area. So being this will be a place of gatherings and not so much a dedicated ht I decided to open the whole area up. Which gives me a much larger area to work with and only dealing with the fact that my speakers are a little to big for the area. But I can downsize easier then up sizeing. So now I do have room for a riser and second row. I have a quick question on that were do I want my surround side speakers in between the first and second row or right at the second row. I was going to build a matching set of surround speakers and place them in the celling angled down about 15 degrees, so we can take that into consideration.
Oh yea if anyone is wondering the total size of the room is 14' x 32+/- 2' I will be using a sectional for the front row that will go all the way to one wall and leave space on the other for a walk way and maybe 3 theater like seats for the rear row so they will not be wall to wall.