Q: I have a completely dark 20-by-30 room and would like to set up a projector and sound system for watching sports and movies. I want quality, without going too crazy on price. Can this be done, and what do you recommend?

-- P.S., Canonsburg, Pa.

A: Video projectors have become quite a bargain for those with a proper room for them. Nothing beats the impact of a huge screen for sports and movie watching. The new Optoma HD25 1080p DLP projector is available for under $950 and can throw an image up to 301 inches diagonally. It is even 3-D ready, so if you get a 3-D Blu-ray projector and compatible 3-D glasses you can really duplicate the movie theater experience at home. Go to www.optoma.com.

You will need a proper sound system to go with your projector, and when building a sound system it is best to start with the speakers. I recently finished reviewing the Pioneer SP-FS52-LR tower speakers that retail for $248 per pair. Designed by acclaimed audiophile speaker designer Andrew Jones, these simply styled yet attractive speakers are very pleasing to the ear, producing detailed, transparent sound that is warm but not too lush and soft-sounding. Match the SP-C22 center channel for $96 and for surrounds get the $127/pair SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers. Monoprice's powerful 150 watt/12-inch powered subwoofer for $137 rounds out the system for a total of $608. Go to