Rough picture of my listening area above. Notice the two Atlantic Technology 2400SRs mounted on stands at either side of couch. They are mounted higher than ear level due to lamps being in the way. I am adding two additional 2400SRs directly behind the couch, on stands. Will not be able to put them at ear level because they would hit the back of the listener's head. This is a bedroom converted to a home theater, so it's not perfect as far as optimal mounting is concerned. So my question is... Is it okay for my surrounds to be higher than ear level? Will it be okay to fit the two additional speakers behind the couch (for 7.1) but raise them high on stands? Everything I have read in receiver calibration manuals say that speakers need to be at ear level. Yet, my dumb reasoning is that in a movie theater, you don't have surround speakers at ear level. They are mounted high.