If that is your placement restriction, then you have to go with it. Does not look to be a very big compromise, from my viewpoint.
As to the receiver, you may save a few bucks by going with a receiver that has 11 channels of processing and only 9 amp channels. You can always add on an inexpensive external 2 channel amp to power the remaining two channels if you think it necessary. Two channel amps are readily available, you could even use an old receiver, or one of the new mini digital amps that go for $80, give or take $20.
Looks like the planning stage is over ... we'll expect pics and analysis after it's done!
It's a VIRTUAL channel unless stated otherwise.
Last edited by RayGuy; 09-11-2019 at 11:58 AM.