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Thanks for the responses. As far as distance between speakers and walls, the right and left are about 14"-15" from the back wall. The left speaker is about 20" from the side wall; the right speaker is about 30" from the door when closed, though it often is not. The center channel is 18" from the back wall.
I did try playing around with the level settings, and it did seem to greatly improve, if not fix, the problem. The side speakers (or at least the right speaker) seemed to be overly loud. I lowered the level and it did improve, making the panning between center to right channel much more seamless. And it's not like I didn't calibrate my speakers. I ran Audyssey upon setup, but nevertheless I was able to reduce the right channel by 6 decibels to receive the seamless pan between channels I want. I have an SPL meter I could use to check the levels again, since Audyssey seems to have failed me. I actually have the Digital Video Essentials Blu-ray, which has tests involving pink noise for audio calibration. Is it better to use the receiver's own test tones versus a discs?
EDIT: Well, after rechecking audio levels with my sound level meter, the problem is still there. In this scene I am using from Breaking Bad to test the panning of conversation from the center channel to the right channel, when the audio transitions to the right channel it becomes too localized and distracting. This is the volume Audyssey and my SPL meter are telling me the channels should be at. But I don't think this can be right. I could always reduce the right channel but I don't like the idea of calibrating by ear.