Finally got a chance to demo the Triads in person. Definitely a go on those, even though I am still undecided on the rear speaker issue (mono vs dipole). At the HT shop where we demo'd they had the dipoles in the rear. I can't say that I was a great fan of those in the rear but it would have been helpful if I could have heard the monos too in order to make a true comparison.
For the screen, leaning toward switching back to ST instead of FH since we don't have any ambient light issues and the SIM2 D80E produces pretty good black levels already. Have pretty much nailed down which HT shop we will go with. It's been a VERY long journey, but it's a relief to have finally found the right fit. Fairly close on the GC issue.
As far as the new space, it actually affords a lot more flexibility now. I plan on borrowing Uptown's false wall/staging design (the one BIG referenced a few posts up). I really love the angles and moldings. Will also be doing the fabric walls (burgundy and ?) with a chair rail. Oh, and most likely the Leonardo sconces. Gee...this is beginning to sound a lot like a BIG rip-off. What can I say, I absolutely love his and Uptown's theater, both of which share many of the same design elements.
Not sure of whether it's a good idea to put the egress window in the 4' deep cavity that will also be housing my equipment rack. I like the idea because then it's hidden and it's toward the back of the house instead of on the side where it could be seen from the street. Are there any disadvantages to putting the egress window in the same spot that I put my rack, which will be accessible via an access door?