Dealing with a difficult situation and need some advice... I had to sacrifice my 5.1 Mirage speaker setup for a more lifestyle-friendly environment at the new home. I can use my left, center, right, and subwoofer speakers, but can't use the surrounds. I've just bought a new Yamaha 7.1 AVR (not set up yet) and am wondering if its possible, recommended, or NOT recommended to connect the surround outputs or the back surround outputs from the AVR to the left/right channel speakers as well.... trying to be sure that all of the sound output is driven to a speaker. Or will the AVR know that when I set it all up? On a related note, I've found that the Mirage speakers and Sony 5.1 AVR system hasn't performed that well with movies/TV anyway.... it seems I'm always turning up the volume when its mostly dialog, and turning it down again during action scenes. Is this likely a result of my speakers, my old Sony AVR, or something else? Thanks for the advice!