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1) So, you're saying that if you play a true 5.1 track you cannot overlay ProLogic IIx: Movie post processing on top of it? That seems strange and not in keeping with what I can do on my Onkyo (and it's an older model). If you go into the setup menu, you should be able, on an input-by-input basis, select your default surround modes. There you would select Dolby ProLogic IIx: Movie for DTS-MA, Dolby TrueHD, etc. etc. You can also hit the surround mode on the Onkyo remote and flip through the various choices manually.
Obviously, if you are watching a true 7.1 channel encoded movie, you're stuck with however the sound mixers chose to use (or not use) any given channel in their soundtrack.
As for the side surrounds, hopefully they'll come out with a larger, wider frequency response dipole/bipole wall mount model. You can always call them up and request one. If there are enough customer requests, they might just do it. Or at some point you'll just have to replace the sides with another pair of Grand bookshelves and Ebay or Audiogon the other surrounds.
2) Without a darker colored room (ceiling included) with total light control and a more expensive projector with a better contrast capabilities, you're not going to have inky, cathod-ray-tube blacks. Inexpensive LCD models like that Epson just won't do it, unfortunately. You might consider a JVC D-ILA projector in the future as one possible option. There may be other projector technologies coming out soon as well. It'll help, but without a dedicated theater type room environment and a living room setting instead, you'll always be battling these image issues somewhat.
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!