Marantz NR1608 - Speaker Setup Advice Please
Just bought a Marantz NR1608 for watching TV and BDs in the den, full 7.2.4 with Marantz 7010 still in place upstairs.
Due to restrictions imposed (1) by the den layout and (2) by the Memsahib, I can only use six out of the 7 surround channels just now.
Channels 1-3 are the usual FL, FR and center.
Channels 4 and 5 should be surround left and surround right.
Channels 6 and 7 are the Atmos channels.
The room is set up with the TV in a corner. Later it might end up over the fireplace, when all of the following problems will go away, but for now it's staying in the corner.
Surround side speakers sind verboten as our German readers might say (if they weren't too busy crying into their beers over a recent sporting event...)
The FL and FR channels currently go through a cheap Samsung sound bar. The center goes to an in-ceiling more or less over the TV. This works well enough for now, but soon I expect to buy a Klipsch G-42 3-way passive sound bar to replace all three. The in-ceiling speaker above the TV then becomes redundant until if or when I move the TV over the fireplace, which is half-way along a wall.
For the Atmos I'm using two of the four in-ceiling speakers. If you numbered the corners of the room clockwise from 1 to 4, the TV is in corner 1, the Atmos speakers would be in corners 2 and 4, i.e. on the diagonal. The in-ceiling speaker furthest from the TV, diagonally across the room, is being used as a single (rear) surround.
The questions I'd like help with are, therefore:
1. How do I tell the 1608 there are no side surrounds, just rears, and does it matter?
2. How do I tell the 1608 there's only a single rear?
Later, if / when I put the TV over the fireplace, I have two options:
1. I can wire the Atmos overheads into two pairs, so the ones on the left act as one mid-ceiling Atmos channel (not two - one front one back), and the pair on the other side act as the second Atmos channel. I will run new cables between the Atmos front and back speakers to link those up, then I will extend the wires through the ceiling to the back in-ceilings to run new in-wall speakers for the surround rears. But again, they'll be surround rears, not surround sides. How do I tell the receiver they're surround rears and not surround sides.
Overall I am very very happy with the 1608, especially as I got it brand new at an end-of-line discounted price of $500, and am not looking to change it to a 9 or 11 channel receiver.
The receiver is for watching Netflix etc. and movies when we can't be bothered to go upstairs. It will also be used for providing Muzak throughout the house, using a cheap power amp or two as needed.
Thanks in advance.