Hi all - first post. This may be a silly question, but because of my open floor plan great room, rear speakers aren't really an option without looking out of place... so my question is this, in a 3.1 type of setup, for good music sound (and tv / movies), would I be better off with a soundbar or with a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver, but utilizing only 3.1 (no rear or side channels active).
Does a 5.1/7.1 receiver operating in 3.1 mode even make sense? Is that just overkill? I'm looking to finally jump into the home audio market and want good sound (esp. for music!).
Hope this isn't a repost of any kind either - I searched around and didn't see any questions kind of like this one. Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks in advance,