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So here is the layout of my basement. Not 100% decided on the sectional but my wife really wants a large relaxing sofa so no theater seating. I know the sectional isn't ideal especially for surround sound but help me plan the best with what I have! I have ideas for product listed below, that being said neither of us are super huge audio geeks, just looking for something sounds good but doesn't have to impress Mozart.

Front wall will have a 60" LCD and 100-120" drop down projector screen for movie nights. I will have built in bookcases on either side and below the TV where the speakers will sit on shelves flush with the wall. Will this cause problems with sound quality?

Second issue is what to do with the rear speakers, do I just mount them on the back wall and face them downward a bit, go with in wall or in ceiling speakers? My other thought was to go with the new Monoprice 10565 surround sound in which they said they could swap out the rears for in wall/ceiling speakers...but I can't find any reviews on the set yet.

Energy take Classic 5.1 surround set

http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380806182&sr=8-1&keywords=take+classic

Onkyo TX-SR313, although only $199 on Amazon seems to get great reviews, everything I need?
http://www.hometheaterdomain.com/reviews/onkyo-tx-sr313/

Onkyo TX-NR616, about $320 on Amazon and gets great reviews too, worth another few bucks?
http://www.hometheaterdomain.com/reviews/onkyo-tx-nr-616/



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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.
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Yeah I think I'll try to go with a sofa/sectional and move it a few feet from the back wall.

Any thoughts where sub should go or the front speakers sitting in a bookshelf type setting?
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Put the entertainment center where you have the sectional sofa. That way the tv and speakers will be facing the entire room.
Put the sectional sofa in the middle of the room.

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We did consider re-arranging the room as you suggested however we wanted easier interaction between the people in the bar area and those sitting on the sofa. I'm going to have a smaller TV located in the bar area.
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