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If that fireplace is ever going to have a fire in it, the TV should not be there, because smoke damage to the TV is inevitable, and if it is ever repaired, the smoke damage inside will void the warranty. Even with a glass fire screen some smoke will leak up.
I suggest that you get a stand or table for it and put in in the recess to the right. It looks as if the right wing of the sofa can be moved back and angled when viewing.
The TV is way too high now anyway, unless you like a sore neck. Bad angle for viewing.
You can put the speakers on stands on either side of that recess, and the center speaker below.
For an attractive stand, check out the Tech-craft website. Amazon carries most of their models (or use the wall-mount).
My favorite speaker stands are a stack of 6" x 8" x 8" concrete blocks, covered/draped with a cloth for decor purposes. They are cheaper and more inert and massive than any speaker stand you can buy which makes them perfect. They can also look very attractive with the right choice of cloth covering them. They do this in museums to make a base for art works.
I would go with 3.1 in that room. You really have no place for rear speakers in a room laid out like that.