Has been a bit since my last post. This work/life balance thing sucks. Anyway I was able to work in the basement a few days in the past month and am happy to report a little progress.
I was originally considering having an electrician wire the room etc, however, after reading the Grafik Eye thread and several others I felt confident enough to give it a go. The GE was much less difficult than I thought it would be, albeit there were a few moments of frustration trying to get all that 12/2 into the box. All I can say is plan your "pigtails" accordingly! I also ran two new 20 amp lines from the basement panel for the GE and the AV rack. That too was not terribly difficult.
I received some advice from Ted White regarding the soundproof boxes I was building and ultimately ended up installing cement board in them to make them fire resistant. These were a bit tedious to build. I am not certain if they will be worth the effort.
I built speaker boxes for the Klipsch Ultra 2s and have them in the wall. They are not aligned thus far so no worries with the photos! I also, moved a couple outlets and replaced the socket with black.
Finally I re-routed the sump pump plumbing so that it will run through the wall and be accessible under the proscenium.
BTW, I am in Milan Italy as I write this and am including pictures of a door handle I just purchased for that door I intend to build.
Let me know if you see anything obviously jacked up!