I started building my man cave a little over 2 years ago without any thought into a home theater being a part of it. Then after purchasing the Onkyo TX-NR646 and finding out what it was capable of, the upgrades began. First, the speakers were upgraded to Polk audio, then came the projection. After doing some research and looking at what I could afford, I ended up with an Epson 3500 and a 96" screen. After throwing it all together, I was very happy, but not satisfied, especially with the sound. I had heard cheaper systems sound as good if not better. So, before I went and threw more money at upgrading speakers, I started researching room acoustics and found little ways to make big improvements, moving the mains away from the walls really helped and adding diffusers and absorbers made a considerable difference. Also getting rid of the coffee table and laying down a shaggy area rug helped with reflections. Now, I am very satisfied with the sound and even find that I dont have to turn the volume up as much as I had before the acoustic treatments. I do realize I could do more by getting rid of the movie posters, but the wife says "NO"! So they stay, I'm lucky I've been able to get away with what I have anyway. My lighting is made up of Phillips hue bulbs and led strips and my remote control is the Logitech Harmony hub which is all controlled by my Amazon Echo and can also be controlled by my phone or ipad.