Seems like Scheme #3 is meeting rave reviews! It's been a few days, and I still like it too.
I think you guys just want to see some hammers swinging. I want to give it a few weeks for more feedback before I actually commit to it though. Please, if you read this thread, leave a comment or suggestion.
Today I'm going to put the seating in these positions and we'll watch a few movies like this and see how it feels.
BFauska, thanks for the compliments. It does seem to balance the social and critical viewing pretty well. Besides sporting events, we have two two year old boys and I'm sure between them and their friends, the next 20 years will be balanced more to "social" viewing! hahaha Little ones climbing all over me and stealing popcorn, etc.
To be honest, I've been in acoustically treated rooms and didn't appreciated the difference. I am certainly looking for feedback on how to avoid some of the major acoustical pitfalls. So do you have a list for major rules of thumb?
I find that in most cases, my senses are not tuned well enought to eek out the final few percentages of performance. To my eyes and ears (and wallet), 90% of potential performance is good enough.
Off to the basement...