I'm now planning out my dedicated home theater. As with many spaces here, I'm trying to maximize what I have, not do a megabuild project. My current speaker lineup are JBL ES20 for the front right and left, JBL ES25C center channel and JBL ES 250 subwoofer. My dilemna is that my space is fairly open on both the left and right (6.5' to left wall and 15' to right wall). If I went with 5.1 I could buy speaker stands, but the right speaker would be hanging out in the middle of a walkway. Since there is no wall for in-wall speakers, that won't work. So, I'm stuck with the proposition of in-ceiling 5.1, or just live with the 3.1.
The leap to 7.1 is easy since I have a back wall that I can use speakers on stands or in wall speakers. I'm really undecided about the 5.1 as I don't have any experience with in ceiling speakers, and I've seen a fairly negative reaction to them from some members. Is the compromise worth it?
Thanks for any thoughts or advice you can provide.