Changed my mind. Go with the three channel soundbar solution, mounted below the TV.
Ceiling speakers for the front three channels are problematic, at best, and downright horrible, at worst. Vertically oriented speakers project sound to the ground. Unless you are sitting under the speakers, you most likely will not hear the majority of the sound, except as reflected off the floor and other surrounding items in the room. Depending on your seating distance from the speakers and your ceiling height, you may be required to invest in highly angled in-ceiling speakers, which are generally quite expensive (~ $500 each). Specify the ceiling height and seating distance and i will do the calculation.
That said, if you intend to use the system for general music listening, as well as just seated HT, then horizontally oriented speakers make a lot more sense, perform better, and are probably less expensive than the in-ceiling option. Using a three channel passive soundbar (three speakers in one cabinet driven by a standard receiver, not an active soundbar with internal amps, bells, and whistles) will allow you to better cover the entire space with sound. Take a look at some options from Phase Tech, Golden Ear, HTD, PSB, Totem, Triad, James. Triad and James can even custom create a perfect match to your TV, by size and color.
It's a VIRTUAL channel unless stated otherwise.
Last edited by RayGuy; 06-06-2020 at 11:35 AM.