I did not go all out on this project, but I did the parts that you need to do right pretty well. Obviously you can spend more on a home theater than you would on a small house or a large house for that matter. I could write an article about how to go about using the best and nicest components and how to pick out a TV programming package after all of the research that I did. I picked out the direct tv select package and that gave me a pretty wide selection of sports, first run Movies and the Television networks that I was most interested in. Of course if you were allowed to take only the channels you really wanted and not pay for any others I would be a lot happier. It is not how it works though and I made the best deal I could after I had thoroughly educated myself.
The picking of a projector and a screen was the big decision. You can easily mess that up, but in this case it was easier because the screen is going to be on the back wall of the basement and there is very little light there even in the middle of the day. There are windows of course and it might have been necessary to close the curtains if I had made a really poor choice, but that did not seem to be the case. I am talking about the way that some of those systems do not work well in bright sun light. I was tempted to try to skimp on the screen because that is a very expensive item that you might possibly be able to manage without. However I looked round the internet long and hard and got a good deal on a used one.