This is a TOTALLY newb question.
If I buy a 7.1 receiver do I have to have 8 speakers. Or, for that matter, when I buy any receiver do I need to have all the speaker outputs attached to something?
I plan on buying a SONY STR-DN1030 which is a 7.2 system but I don't have a room where I can fit 9 speakers. Any ideas?
It's easier to get you thinking straight if you ask before you become confused.
Give us some info about the room, your tastes, and your budget and see where it goes...