I received a lot of advice on here about gear so I wanted to share the results!!! i would love to hear some comments and any suggestions on anything else that may be needed - though it will be a bit before more is added -
This is a dedicated room (the bonus room of the house) - the previous owner did all the painting, built the risers, sliding panels and window insulation to block 100% of the light and reduce the heat in the room. He also installed the projector mount and had set it up for the cables to run through the attic to the av equip and he left the rear ceiling mounted speakers.
we are using all hdmi cables (amazon brand for the shorter cables - great price and quality) and the HDMI that is in the attic is from Blue Jean and is 35ft 23.5 gauge.
I have an optical cable used in conjunction with the HD tuner as the sound was not coming though 100% of the time with the hdmi (this is not uncommon with this unit based on the AVS thread. We do not have cable and I was surprised that HD tuners are not readily avail. I found the centronics on AVS.
I made use of my CC points to pay for a some of the gear and i noted that next to what they were used on or the company that i bought the item from.
Here is the gear I have:
Projector: Panasonic AE4000 - projector people
mount to attach the the pj and the pole coming from the ceiling: peerless PRG-UNV - local home theater store
Screen: 106" DaLite Cinema Contour High Contrast (gray) so i can watch with the lights on without a lot of loss in image quality. - projector people
BluRay: LG BD570 (also used to stream netflix) Christmas gift
AVR: Yahamaha RX-V667 - CC points
Tuner - Centronics ZAT 502 - their site
Antenna - RCA 1650 mounted on the wall - amazon
The rears are made by infinity and i know nothing about them since they were left behind but they sound pretty good. any input on those would be great (pic below)
FR and FL - JBL L880 - CC points
Center - JBL CL2 - amazon
No sub - i would like one but i am usually only watching movies that i would want to have the added experience at night when the kids are asleep and the current setup is more than enough that i do not need to have the house vibrate....when i gain more cc points i may add one
Berkline chairs - stargate cinema
Lights are dimable on remote
Remote: Logitech 700 - amazon controls all equip and the lights
I also have the wii hooked up and zone 2 by the pool.
the a/v stand is a Lovan Affinity Pro 5 - Racks and Stands
I love having a room like this - my kids enjoy it as well. movies and wii are great. netflix if pretty good and the hd tv look great - though we do not watch too much.
Here are a few pics - enjoy!
Here is one of the Rears - they sound decent and i have no plans on replacement but i have no info or model names -
All the windows have these panels to block the light and reduce the heat.
to block the window panels
This is behind one of the sliding screens
the a/v equip is behind the other - it is all hidden so i am not concerned with overall cord management - just as long as i can figure out where it all attaches then i am all set. the sliding walls are black cloth so the remote works
wall mounted antenna above a/v equip
i like the covers off but since my kids like to hide things in the speakers i keep them on.
for the rears and zone 2
and finally some screen shots -