See? There's the problem. I don't have a wife trying to tell me what to do!
That, and the women who have seen the way I have the HT set up, approved, so I guess I just pick women with good taste. hahaha
The plasma TV on the front wall uses wall plates as well, allowing me to plug the TV in directly behind the flat panel, and drop cables in-wall routing the LAN, HDMI, etc to the AV rack that's also moutned in-wall, so all that's visible is a smoked glass panel alone one side wall, allowing for easy access to the BD, LD, CD, VCR, tape deck, etc.. anyway, the wall plates look much neater and tidier than running cables along the carpet and all the way down the walls. If I'd had the ability to drop the cables directly behind the surrounds, I'd have done so, but the half-asser who did the wiring before I bought the house didn't leave me that option, sadly.
It all worked out in the end. The only things on the floor now are the floor standing mains, the center channel on a stand, and the sub.
Truth be told, most people don't even notice the surrounds unless they're pointed out. They blend in fairly well, all things considered.