Sidewall at about 60° and angled toward the listening position is what Audyssey usually shows in their literature. This generally puts the F/W speakers well in front of the center listening position - much more than the side surrounds, which are usually at 90° or slightly behind center as mine are. So, the F/W's should not confuse themselves with the Side Surround mix. I just upgraded to a 9.2 AVR and my HT is 20' wide (with 128" wide 2.35 screen) and 32' deep, but only 8' high. I had pre-wired for 7.2, so the extra speakers require some construction work. My L/R mains are at screen edge which leaves about 3.5' to the side walls. Even with that room, the suggested 60° angle puts Wides at the side wall, though still well in front (I sit at about 13'). I already have hard wired rear surrounds, so I have to choose btwn wide/side or rears and either height or wide. Right now, I have the 2 heights on tripods to test and am about to move them to the wide position, mostly to see if I agree with Audyssey's recommendation about Wide first, then Height, then back Surround last.
I was really looking forward to trying the Blu Ray of Red Tails for this, but was disappointed to see that it is only a 5.1 mix despite all the talk of its use of 11.1. I'm not sure what they were thinking when they did that - they sure didn't take us HT owners into account! Now I'm trying to decide on the best Blu Ray for testing large sound fields that don't get lost in just big explosions, etc. I have all Def Tech bipoles including large front towers, but they suggest not using bipoles for wide/heights. So I went with 4 Pro Monitor 1000's for the presence channels. I hope this is enough "in the family" to not introduce timbre matching issues. As usual, the hardware tech is well ahead of the content (e.g. HDTV, 3D, 4K) which makes it more difficult, which also makes the lost opportunity of Red Tails disappointing. Any recommendations for good movie audio choices for testing would be appreciated.