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dancjo, it's as if Theta designed the system with you in mind :-) now that I think about it. This is what we call destiny my friend; don't waste time with the second best's - jk.
If you look at the "World According to Theta" chart above, you could see that there is no need for a speaker switcher, or extra amp, or extra anything, for what you are trying to do. If I am guessing your intention correctly, you would set up these inputs:
Input 1 with 7.1 speakers for multi channel movie
Input 2 with 5.1 speakers for multi channel music - as you switch from Input 1 to Input 2, magically your higher quality speakers in more proper music surround position, F & G, are selected, and D & E are turned off.
(Input 3 with 2 speakers in Matrix mode for stereo, etc..)
What are ideal angles/positions for F and G for music? Further apart than F & G above, but further back in distance? You could set up F and G to be more applicable to music - spread them out more, and coincidentally the longer distance to the back would still produce that nice rearward soundfield "pull"/bias of movie 7.1 rear speakers.