Originally Posted by sinistersix
But I dont have any rears AT ALL. So it would just be my 3 fronts with presence added. Didn't know if anyone did that before..
Do you mean surrounds not 'rear' surround speakers???? I think it would sound kind of weird with no side surround or rear (back) surround speakers.
IMO, the height channel is just a fix for very poor imaging speakers. If your speakers are properly designed, they should offer good soundstaging and imaging where height speakers shouldn't be needed. Unfortunately many would rather buy a lot of cheap inferior speakers than fewer, more expensive, good speakers.
The idea is surround sound so to get the effect of a movie and be surrounded by the soundtrack, surround speakers are needed. Height channels are not needed and just a band aid for inferior speakers.
I had a Yamaha RX-V2095 prevoiusly in 1998 and it was a true 7.1 surround channel receiver. It had the traditional 5.1 plus the front effect (presence) speakers. Back then, there was no DD-EX or DTS-ES. The receiver offered 100 watts/channel for the Front, Center, and surround channels and 25 watts/channel for the front effects channels.
So what you're asking was offered 14 years ago but isn't today. My old RX-V2095 is still working at a friends doing 2.1 stereo right now. He has no interest in Surround sound.
In the years I owned the 2095, never did I ever add front effect (presence) channels because my front main speakers didn't need them, and I didn't want them.
I would try to find a way to have at least surround speakers so that you get the true and full effect of the soundtrack.