I know 75% or more of what all of you are talking about. I know plenty about lighting and room configuration because I shoot a lot on a Canon XLH1 - I can do well arranging a room for proper seating and I'm sure I'll copy a few of the schematics that I've seen online for proper room config.
My setup at home is decent and I think I have a good eye for visual adjustments, my main screen is a sharp lc-46d62u and my bedroom set is a olevia lt37hvs. The olevia was my first set before the upgrade to 1080p. The good visuals have a lot to do with using the Digital Video Essentials disc as well as the set which I think looks excellent. Audio, I have a a onkyo tx-sr604 and klipsch sub-12, paradigm studio CC-470 and paradigm Studio Reference 20. That's it, then some cheap rear speakers. Get those when I get some more cash. For dvd I prefer HDDVD because of the second video decoder so I got the 360 add on at the end of November. Have about 30 titles on the format. Looking to order the new Toshiba 1080p player that lists for 599 and comes out in spring. I got a custom built HTPC that is running vista x64 5744, c2d e6600 on a asus p5n-e, sli 7600gt ko (vista can't due sli yet), 2 gb of ddr2 800 and plenty of good software and games. I can set up a nice room, I live in a small little house with a living room about 20 x 15, if that. Viewing distance is probably 5 ft. Nice but not something that belongs in this forum. All connected through UPS. Not sure Brand.
The reason for that list is to show that i'm not new to this field, I have set up other peoples home theatres, but never had much of a chance to test or demo the Wilson, or the revel, to the aviamo 65". I haven't had a chance to test or configure this hardware. Probably wont unless I follow through with a proposal and then go to the various locations (someone enlighten me to where, North Bay CA) to test. I probably will talk to the guy about increasing the size of his room, or actually placing the theatre in his living room. Currently the room is to the side of the main living room and is, as someone else mentioned to small to get a proper experience for audio, but is easier to control lighting since it's closed off. I would and probably will speak to a professional, I'm sure some of you are, then go from the direction they lead me in. If I'm convinced a task is impossible or at least irresponsible for me to take on, then all oversee the task.
So I would appreciate any kind of help in leading me in the right direction, so I can make the right decision for this guy. Maybe a list of what you would install (20 - 25 was what I thinking would be reasonable, he said to get the best, another 10 - 20 wouldn't kill him if it was worth it. - and no I don't think he'd go for a 100,000 to who knows price range, but I'll ask.) Again, how would someone without the assets, be able to move into this field unless they are handed a chance to actually purchase and use it. I've read a lot of the high end gear columns and a lot has when in one ear and out the other due to lack of vision, not thinking I would get to use it? I remember my price range, 1-5,000 but not the ultimate, because most of the time it's for bragging rights. Don't need that, just the best for my money. Same for this guy, whether he spends 20 or 100 grand.
Thanks for the hazing, now can we move on to something more enlightning.