Slowly but surely I'm making some progress. Spent the past several weeks building a couple walls in our storage area to address some much needed insulation issues. Foundation walls were waterproofed with paint sealant, then insulated with rigid foam board, framed out and then more insulation applied along with a vapor barrier. This alone made quite the temperature difference in our basement. That black wire hanging by the sub panel is for a generator plug outside the house to back feed the panel. Just need my electrician to come back and finish hooking that up.
Next up was to install a 50amp sub panel as the main panel for the house was completely full when I started this project. This allowed for a dedicated circuit to my projector location, A/V rack plus whatever else I may need down the road.
I followed that small project up with a dedicated DIY A/V wall rack. Turned out pretty good I think for my first try. The wife at this point thought I was plain crazy spending this much time and effort for "just" a projector and some theater seating for the guys. If she only knew........
After the wall rack was finished I was was fortunate enough to have a straight opening down an open truss cavity from the storage room to the location where the projector will be mounted along the rear wall in the theater room. Ran electric plus a piece of conduit containing both a 30ft HDMI and CAT 6 cable. Not sure what else I may need to run in the future but I should be good with the conduit in place.
Also replaced the track lighting above the screen wall with four 3in recessed can lights. Drywall dust covered half the basement but the end results turned out pretty well. Last up is running some speaker wire for the two rears. Might need to run the wires along the ceiling edge and cover it with cove molding as I can't figure another way to run it with heat runs blocking several truss cavities. Might consider making three columns along the rear wall where the sconces are located now to hold the rears.....thoughts. Here are some pictures of my back wall and the new recessed lighting (screen layout is for a 110" diagonal...still deciding on if I can go a little bigger, possibly 120"). Plan is to get the projector first and see what looks/feels right for the space.
With a throw distance of nearly 14ft I reached out to Mike at AVS sales for a projector suggestion. They have a Sony b-stock HW 30ES for a pretty good price. Need to read some reviews before I make a decision on a projector. Also have a quote for 4 Fusion Tributes in a curved formation from Roman. Just wished I lived closer to see the seats in-person before making the purchase. Guess I'll just have to rely on the feedback from the Fusion thread.
Almost forgot, picked up a Yamaha RX-575v receiver plus a Sony BDPS5100 blue ray player. Still need a few other pieces of equipment but overall things are coming along.