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I like listening to music in 7-channel stereo. So if you prefer 5-channel stereo, don't let people convince you otherwise (make sure to try out different modes on different music though, as you preference may depend on circumstances)
As for being dissapointed with music at high volumes, it would not at all surprise me if you were (a) overpowering your receiver and (b) the speakers also might not be up to the task.
Klispch and Cerwin Vega have a reputation for rock and roll at high volume level kind of speakers. Of course Klipsch makes a LOT of different models, so it's hard to point you in one direction. CV last time I checked had fewer choices (and I never cared for any I ever heard...seemed to be more about boomy bass and high output than good sound.)
Another company to consider is JBL with their pro audio speakers. I am guessing here, but a lot of their pro audio speakers should be suitable for loud music at home.
And please think about your hearing. As someone who abused his hearing, I suggest getting an SPL meter, and looking up some of the tables on hearing safety. No good to enjoy music at loud volumes now, if you won't be able to enjoy it as much in 10 or 20 years or whatever.
"But this one goes up to 11"