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I would try to get the front speakers as close to ear height as possible. Having all three at the same height helps keep the soundstage consistent.
Mounting the side speakers at ear height presents a problem for the listener in the sweet spot, as the head of the listener on either side of him will be blocking the direct sound from the surrounds. Raising them up a 2-3 feet (the side speakers, not the listeners) will allow everyone clear line of sight from their ears to the tweeters.
Rear speakers can be mounted the same height as the sides for consistency, but it isn't that critical since our human hearing is not that great behind us. So if your rear speakers are a foot higher or lower than the sides, don't worry - it won't be noticeable. The main use of those speakers is to anchor certain sounds behind you.