I'm new to the forum and did a search but couldn't really find anything that fits my question.
My media room consists of a Epson 8700UB projector and Da-Lite screen with SpeakerCraft speakers and a PSB subwoofer.
My room is by no means a perfect theater room (no 100% light control, or wall-to-wall dark carpeting, etc) but it works for my setup. It is currently a 7.1 setup. I have my FL, FR, and Center channel speakers in the wall directly below my projector screen and the SL, SR, SBL, and SBR in the ceiling.
Now because of the way the room is shaped and where I have my couches situated, the SL and SR speakers are actually in front of the seating area, rather than behind it. The SBL and SBR are however behind the couch. My family really doesn't want to move the couch closer to the screen to make the 4 speakers all end up behind the couch so I am wondering if you guys would recommend I change my 7.1 to a 5.1 setup. To do this, I was considering taking the current FL and FR speakers (in the wall below the screen) and making them additional center channels. I would then have 3 speakers connected to my Yamaha Aventage RX-A710's center channel. I would then switch the SL and SR to make them FL and FR and change the current SBL and SBR to SL and SR.
I have included some pictures to better explain what I'd like to do. What do you guys think of this? Any recommendations from the pros?
Thank you so much!