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Question Can I use existing in-wall speakers?

I'm working on building out a home theater set up in our living room, and I'm trying to figure out if I can use some existing in-wall speakers that are already installed.

Here are the details:
- The room is 14x22 and will be set up long (the screen on the 14-foot wall)
- Along the left side of the room are two speakers flanking the fireplace
- The speakers are Cambridge Soundworks MC300IW
- They sit about 2/3 the way up the wall. So a couple feet above ear level
- The room has a vaulted ceiling and an opening up front to the rest of the home. So, not the greatest environment to work in
- I'm hoping to start with a 7.1 system
- The couch will sit 3-4 feet from the back window, so the viewing distance would be ~14-16 feet from the screen. This would still be a couple feet behind that left speaker.

I attached an image of the wall w/ the speakers and a quick layout (the box on the bottom is the location of the couch)

My initial instinct is that the speaker to the left of the fireplace is in a good spot for the side surround, and I could match it by adding one to the other side of the room. Perhaps even just using the other speaker, and patching up that part of the wall.

So, I'd love the forum's thoughts. Are these in a location I can use them at all for my setup? If so, do you think these speakers will hold their own as surrounds?

Thanks so much!
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Surround speakers are supposed to be behind the main seating, so you could use the speaker location furthest from the TV, as long as seating will be forward of it.

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Surround speakers are supposed to be behind the main seating, so you could use the speaker location furthest from the TV, as long as seating will be forward of it.

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Thanks Wayne

Unfortunately the in-wall ones won’t be behind the main couch. It’ll be to the left, just slightly in front of your head. Which is why I was thinking they could be the side surrounds.

I’ll also have rear surrounds behind. So these would be in addition to those.
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