Every home theater starts with a seed and then grows from there. The idea for this Long Island project started with homeowner's wish for "big sound and big picture." The owner said he wanted to "shake in his seat," when watching a movie in his personal screening room, and EDG designers didn't take that lightly. They went straight to Klipsch for big boxy horn-based speakers -- the kind that can knock your shoes and socks off -- but that meant knocking out a wall, too, to make room for them. Packing 15-inch woofers, the three KPT-325 speakers were so deep the builder had to move the front wall back a foot to accommodate the depth of the cabinets. With space tolerances down to the quarter inch, all measurements had to be perfect to ensure the proper fit. It was an easy tradeoff for the owner, who got some extra boxes for bass. To give the theater the extra shake he wanted, EDG designed in a pair of Klipsch subwoofers with massive 18-inch drivers to deliver the ultimate punch. When the owner sat through the final audition of the system-- a Metallica concert video -- the "the entire neighborhood shook," say EDG installers. Feeding the five hungry main speakers are a quintet of 300-watt amplifiers built by Crown for the demanding professional market. A pair of 200-watt Crown amps powers the rear speakers of the 7.2-channel system. The side and rear Klipsch in-wall speakers were built into the walls and covered with acoustically transparent fabric to let sound pass freely into the room. The rest of the space was covered with custom acoustic panels to keep all the coveted sound inside the room. The doors are even padded with acoustic panels to keep the rest of the house, and the neighborhood, safe. Big sound demands an oversized picture to match, and this owner wanted the largest screen the room could handle. The solution was a super-widescreen Draper 148-inch screen capable of displaying an anamorphic movie without compromising the full-screen image. Video sources for the theater include an LG Blu-ray player for discs, but the player includes Netflix, YouTube and other video apps as well. With the Blu-ray player and the Apple TV - which gives the owners access to their iTunes library of music, movies and photos -- the family is well-covered by a palate of streaming Internet media content. A Control4 system handles the lighting and A/V control for the room. A three-button keypad handles all functions through pre-programmed scenes along with a remote control. One lighting scene prepares the room for viewing with a slow fade to black to give viewers time to settle into their seats. At the end of the show, lights ramp up slowly at 30 percent brightness to allow audience members to adjust to the light. The theater wakes up to a Watch Movie button that puts all the amplifiers, the Epson projector and source electronics into proper playback mode and cranks the volume to Loud. After the credits roll, a reverse dance takes place with all electronics powering off in the proper sequence. The AV and Control4 gear is stored in an equipment rack in a small utility closet to the left of the screen. Beefy amplifiers get very hot, but the HVAC system keeps equipment from overheating and shutting down. Big sound, big picture and a basic control system -- all built to a reasonable budget and easy to control. Just keeping the customer satisfied.