I am new to this forum. I have been reading a lot of the threads and there is a lot of great advice here. I am currently trying to finish my basement and it is time to wire for my speakers. I am thinking about having a 5.1 system downstairs unless someone can tell me if it would be benefitial for my room to put a 6.1 or 7.1 system in. I really need help with the placement of my speakers though so I can wire my room and get it ready for sheet rock. The room is 12 ft wide and the total room is 24 ft. long. The seating for the theater part will be approx. 12-14ft from the TV. Behind the TV will be a poker table and kids toys. See the pictures below. The ceilings are 8ft and a little over 7ft where it drops for the air ducts (how do I get around this for the surround speakers?). My big questions are: Should I put in-ceiling speakers, ceiling mounted satellite speakers, or should I install them on the walls? Where should I place the surrounds since the ceiling drops on the left side of the room? What size speaker wire should I get? I really appreciate your help! Thank you View from the front!