I don't know how to search for any threads pertaining to this, so I took a chance on starting my own. I picked up an SR 14EX that is capable of doing 7.1 and I've asked how it handles certain material, but I was also wondering about 6.1 and 7.1 in general. How many of you folks use surround modes of 6.1 or 7.1? Do you use 6.1 or 7.1? Do the discrete formats make a noticable big difference in 7.1? How are your speakers arranged? (Rear 7.1 surrounds close together? Far apart? Side surrounds high up, low, close to the rear, farther forward etc etc.) How do you like it?