Not to mention protecting against 3 year-olds; I lost a pair of Canton speakers that I had taken off the grills when my son was ~ 3. Apparently (some) kids find it irresistible to push in the dust caps!
a huge basement with bar, workout area, games, huge screen(s), beefy base (I'm sure); what's not to like???!!!
On the left side of the HT, there is no wall? Are you thinking in-ceiling surrounds then?
I guess there won't be practical to do much soundproofing with the open solution, is that's your thought too?
Great room - and house - Greg!
One thing on the door - if you are going with a single door, it might be worth while having it swing out of the room as then it won't have to bang into risers and or chairs with the foot rest out. At least it'd give your more flexibility in placing the chairs.
Has the BD standard been updated or modified, i.e. so that the 83 is e.g. a BD 1.0 player and the new BD disks are e.g. BD 1.1 or perhaps BD 2.0 and we can therefore not expect that our ancient(?) 83 player supports BD 2.0 discs?
actually, Tuner salad is only required when you go beyond 4 tuners of a single type (e.g. OTA, QAM, Cable Card), so 2 QAM and 3 Cable Card channels is not a problem.
In WMC, if you check under Settings->TV->Guide->Edit Channels, select a channel, e.g. ABC, and select "Edit Channels". Does all tuners show up? If not, you need to merge the QAM tuned channels under the equivalent cable channel.
remember that there is some history here; in the early BD and HD-DVD ripping days, there was no way to bitstream E-AC3/DTS-HD/True-HD from a PC. Madshi wrote eac3to that allowed us to rip the E-AC3/DTS-HD/True-HD and convert it to e.g. flac, so some of us have flac soundtracks in our collections for stuff that was ripped a few years back.