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Even if you do go with a sectional, with a total of 17ft deep room, it does not need to go against the back wall.
For a 60¨screen, you only want to be about 10~15ft. So having the seating out 3~5ft will provide you with the space you need for your rear speakers. Having the seating right against the rear wall is never a good thing.
Speakers, most certainly the LCRs, should always be forward of everything else. This reduces any early first reflections. Its those early reflections (especially for the center) that usually screwup the dialogue, so you can not hear it over the soundtrack.