Thank you for all of your replies.
I met with the builder and got some preliminary things completed.
I am mounting the TV on the East wall facing the kitchen.
Based on your recommendations I am having him run 2 sub cables (NE corner and SW Corner of the great room--PLEASE let me know if this will suffice as he could not run any cables to the middle of the floor.
I guess I just need to clearly tell you that I am not attempting an IDEAL situation regarding speakers. I am doing a freestanding LCR setup but really do need some help regarding the rear.
I am trying to simplify this as much as possible because I just don't have the lust for home theater like I used to but want SOMETHING that will sounds decent. I do not care about ATMOS or anything like that.
Receiver will most likely be the Denon AVR-X44o0h or AVR-X6400h.
This is what I think would be the easiest thing to do:
-7.2 setup w/ 4 in-ceiling speakers with 1pr of surrounds located on the sides of the couch and a 1 pr
of rear surrounds located behind the listening area. (see pic below)
The reason I am wanting to do 2 sets of surrounds is that I feel a 5.2 setup will not fill up the rear of the room enough due to its size.
I am going against everything I have ever been trained for and contemplating one of these new internet speaker companies like RSL or SVS.
I could do 3 CG25's up front LCR and 4 in-ceiling C34E's for the surrounds. the C34E's have aimable tweeters
I would prefer this setup due to simplicity.
Now, the second possibility would be to mount a set of dedicated surrounds like this one on the walls, if physically possible. I just emailed the builder to inquire about this.
I could do the SVS Ultra setup with these surrounds:
Or maybe the SVS PRIME setup???
That would be a standard 5.2 setup. Would these fill that large room enough, though?
I realize that these 2 options aren't close in price but price really doesn't matter too much. I want simple without going more expensive than I need to.