Cathan, I apologize if my replies have rubbed you the wrong way, i think we live on different budgets and time frames. I had a chimney fire and have less than two months to get my house back together. That includes living room/theater, fireplace & chimney, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. I have $50k or so to do everything which doesn't go very far.
I am unemployed and doing as much of the repairs as possible so i can use the extra money to treat myself to some nice things, new kitchen & bath and home theater are those treats.
If i had a basement and no time restraints as well as a decent paying job again, I would put up as much drywall and buy all the super sweet sound deadening supplies I could, as well as run conduit for my home theater, home automation and electrical. In the end of things though, i dont have the time or money. I also have wood floors, i should probably rip them out and put something better for sound in. As well as get rid of my windows, tear out the walls and pour concrete, install automatic shades, use $5000 speaker wire, and upgrade my 10 year old speakers to something that costs at least $10,000.
My point is that there are probably some small things that I can do to improve things (like installing cheap insulation in walls/ceiling) that fit in my budget and time constraints. If i didn't care about any of these things, i wouldn't be on the board trying to research my options. I appreciate your replies and the time you took to provide your knowledge. In a perfect world, i would follow it exactly.