ive been lurking for a couple weeks and decided to start my first thread. i need advice on speaker placement, I have made my own mains, center, and sub. the surrounds will be in ceiling as the new house im moving into at the end of the month is pre wired and my wife hates the look of speakers everywhere.
front setup pic: the only difference is the tv will be placed onto the tv stand where the center currently sits, and there will be a bridge on the entertainment center that connects the top of the two towers and the center channel will be placed on top of that.
(ignore the placement of electronics, 90% of my house is packed up in the garage waiting to be moved) for reference, the tv is 42" and the sub is 4' tall.
my main question is: should i place the mains outside of the entire entertainment center for better imaging? i like the way the mains fit into the space theyre at now, but it may be hard to hear the left/right difference during movies.
my other question is: should i invest into 4 in ceiling speakers and run 7.1 or take that budgeted money and use it to buy better speakers for 5.1?
any thoughts or input would be appreciated.