I just purchased the last few speakers for my entry level set up. I've got the two sub placement down, but I'm struggling with what to do with the additional surrounds. After doing some reading and researching various 7.1+ configurations, I came across this tidbit from Mark Fleischmann:
Front width surrounds are an impossibility in my current apartment - no room on either side that is practical. So, that leaves it to front height or rear surround. Since I rent, hiding wire becomes a little tricky. I can't tear into the wall and run them through. If I mount them for height, the wires may be visible (I can paint them, or hide them as best I can behind my bookshelves). Rear surround would be very easy for me to hide the wiring, but that isn't creating an optimal environment based on Audyssey's findings.
So, do I gofront height - maximizing the use of the 7 channels, but giving up a little in the way of aesthetics - OR
Rear surround - keeping the set up aesthetically pleasing but not quite maximizing the 7 channels?
If you need additional information, let me know. I'm out of town on business right now, but may be able to post pics at a later time.
EDIT: Here's a picture of the wall in question for the front heights.
I'm leaning toward front heights because my listening position is on a sectional which is against the back wall. I'm not sure how much of a benefit I would receiver with rear surrounds. If I go that route, where is the optimal placement for the front heights? My thoughts are on the outside of the book cases near the top, mounted on the wall. I would probably place the front speakers on the inside of the shelves they're currently on. Of course, rerunning Audyssey after the configuration is complete.
I think what I'm looking for here is validation that my thought on front heights is correct.