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Is 5.1 or 5.1.2 worth for this room?

Hello there, I would like to ask for an advice if 5.1 or 5.1.2 setup is worth for this room.

Living room is part of big open space shared with kitchen and dining room. There are large floor to ceiling windows next to couch.

I understand this room is not ideal for home theater but it is what it is. Distance from TV to couch is 2.9 meters.

Please take a look at images below - the blue rectangles are speakers, the green one is TV.

My main problem is with placement of surround/rear speakers.

To me, C is the best, and also A looks promising but still they are too close to each other.
B is asymmetrical, but it will be easy to hide wires.
D is asymmetrical, but speakers can be mounted on pillars.

Which version (A-D) will be the best solution? If it's not worth it, then I will go with 3.1 setup.

Thanks in advance for your advices!
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I like "D", but they are all pretty much the same layout, with the exception of the 90 degree surround version. Do whichever is easiest / cord-friendly.

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I vote for option E.
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I would first see if a 2.1 setup made me happy. If not, I would then try 3.1 and find out whether it was an improvement.

Finally, if I were willing to risk a mess from cutting into the ceiling, I would look into hiding 12-gauge CL2-rated speaker cables inside the wall and over the ceiling (in the attic), if possible, for ceiling-mounted surround speakers. But these ceiling speakers would be utilized as standard "side" surrounds, not for Atmos. You can add ceiling-mounted Atmos speakers simultaneously or later, if desired. (Consider running all the hidden cables for surround and Atmos at the same time for convenience if you choose to install Atmos speakers at a later date.)

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Start with C. Move the surrounds as wide apart as symmetrically possible. If your main 5 speakers at or near seated ear height, then you're and ideal candidate for a 5.1.2 or 5.1.4 set-up, since you will get clear separation between sounds around you vs sounds above you. The main 5 speakers will give you a nice 2D ring of sound. The addition of height speakers will convert that into a 3D bubble of sound.

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Thanks, for advices! Based on what I read, it looks like I need to do some experiments. I decided to run wires to the floor socket near pillar. From that I can run wires them below the couch.

Ceiling will be from concrete so it's not an option for running wires or mounting speakers.
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