Originally Posted by HDTV Maniac
I understand what you're saying about the in-ceiling speakers but I did account for this by getting angled in-ceilings and further aimed the tweeter to the seating position. It's the best I could do because the setup of the basement space did not allow for wall mounted speakers and if I wanted the biggest screen possible I couldn't place the LCR speakers (even recessed) on the front wall.
Which is why I suggested looking at acoustically transparent screens and in-walls behind it... At 12' you shouldn't have any issues with an AT screen. Look at the SMX stuff...
I'm sure you're points are quite valid and accurate but this is how this space was designed so I will have to live with it for now.
So the walls are finished already?
IMO, making huge compromises on speaker placement to get a bigger screen size is not a good trade off...
As to the matrix - for sources other than BD, you can run separate digital audio links to your AVR to ensure you get DD5.1. But that will depend on two things:
1) the source able to provide DD output even if the audio-over-HDMI is 2-channel PCM
2) Your AVR's ability to accept a separate audio source input for HDMI video inputs
As Blu-ray (can) use audio codecs that can only be transmitted over HDMI (DTS-MA, DD+), your only choice is to dedicate a player to the theater setup.
URC remotes can be programmed by end users if they have the software - you do need to talk to an authorized dealer to buy it from them, and your mileage will vary as to accessibility of the software. URC has been a @#$^#$% about it over the years, and has been generally unfriendly to the enthusiast market - which is one reason why you see such a draw to iRule / Roomie...