A statement AND a question.
I've put a lot of thought into this argument and have experimented with both set-ups using multiple sources... and there really is no best solution beyond a 9.1 capable receiver! each different source material really still requires one set up or the other and unless you want to reroute speakers for each source, there really is no easy solution! However, for those with 7.1 that have to make the decision to use front-height OR rear surround.... I have a valid question:
Why not mount the speakers in the surround rear position at a more elevated position and just switch between IIz and 7.1 discreet depending on the source material!? Of course, the height speakers are not FRONT in this position but why, if it's only a matter of spacial awareness, does it matter if they are up front or in the rear, particularly if you quickly "reset" the levels of the rears to accommodate?? Has anyone thought of this or have a valid reason why it wouldn't work?
Thanks in advance!