This forum was very helpful in the past when building a media server for my father and making a decision on the Oppo (he LOVES it), so I figured I fire something off here.
My father in law has a theater room in his basement. He's fairly tech illiterate, I don't know that he'd be able to tell the difference in good quality sound and bad, so keep that in mind with any suggestions (Read, he will probably end up painting a white rectangle on his wall for his screen, and not with the uber screen paint). I'm not saying I'm going to get him crap, otherwise I wouldn't bother coming here. But I'm looking for the best bang for the buck.
The room is behind closed door, LxW = 16' 3" x 15' 3". It is 8-10 feet high and is pre-wired for 7.1 (although the side channels were wired in the ceiling a couple feet from each wall, I told him we should write-off using them and spend the money elsewhere).
He just bought an Optoma 1080P projector, so what I need to find for him is a receiver, blu-ray/DVD player, and 5.1 speaker setup (may need an AMP?).
He wants to keep it at $2K but is willing to go to $3K if I can find him a killer deal.
I'm willing to do the research and leg work, but I'm not sure where to start. Once I save up enough money to build a setup for myself, I will be more "in the know" =]
Thanks everyone for your time, I appreciate you sharing your expertise and experience.