thanks for all the compliments. i just watched my first movie in it tonight (iron man bd), and it was a treat. i did use that same disc for testing the setup the last few days, but today i watched it from start to finish. after running audyssey and a few tweaks, i found a very nice sonic balance for the room.
i had also previously decided to build (DIY) subwoofer, but since i only had 1 or 2 spots available for placement, it was a tough decision as to what i would build. so, in an attempt to see what was available commercially, i stopped by my local svs distributor to listen to some different subs, and they recommended i use a pb12 plus. since they didn't have anything setup but offer a 45 day in home trial period, i decided to take one and see what type of response i would get. so after moving it around (in the constricted space i had), i finally found a spot that had tremendous impact. so it looks like this sub will stay and i will venture away from DIY for the time being. the gain isn't even half way and the room is pressurized more than your ears can handle at reference levels!
only problem now, is that i think i need to buy an eq for this thing since my pj lens is shaking when huge bass scenes happen. its a common thing with the jvc pj's as the motorized lens is very fragile to movement. the actual pj barely vibrates so i know that its pressure from room gain that is causing it.