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Most speakers usually sound louder when pointed at you. Speakers also sound louder when they are closer to you. To keep the surround speakers from distracting the listener closest to them, you can compensate for the proximity by pointing them at the listener furthest away.
For example: I would tilt the side speakers down towards the listener at the opposite end of the front row OR point them at the listener at the opposite end of the back row (up to you, but I would pick the latter). This will compensate for that speaker being so far away from that seat AND will keep that speaker from distracting the listener sitting nearby since it will be pointed away from them.
With the rears, I would likewise tilt them down and point them at the listener at the opposite end of the front row. Doing this for both pairs of surrounds will keep the surround field a little more even sounding for all listeners (i.e., no hot-spotting from nearby speakers).