With the very little amount of time I had to listen thus far....not really.
There are times I can pick out objects/instruments being thrown to the rears, but
it's not as dramatic as I had hoped.
....again, I haven't spent a lot of time with the new setup.
...and again, I do realize that my setup is not optimal. I do not want to drill holes
for height speakers. So, in the end, I have no-one to blame but myself.
There is no blame here anywhere.
Room vs speaker setup is almost as different as individual fingerprints. (Maybe more?)
It is going to take time & trial & error to get this as right as possible for your configuration.
There will be an acceptable solution or workaround on the horizon at some not that distant point.
And when best setup, your ears <> brain will then get accustomed over time, to the nuances in the soundtracks.
To be very frank, I find a lot of 5.1 material rather lame & for me.
- DTS 6.1 & 7.1 produce a larger & more active envelope in my room.
(I realize that's to some degree also influenced by the RXZ11's way of expression)
Most 5.1 material I usually matrix or use a DSP program to liven it up - all TV viewing for example.
I too will be going through the whole experience all over again, as I recently was able to be in a position to replace my Boston VRMC & VRMX speakers with 8 other Focal speakers, then finally being able to match my Focal L&R mains & center with matching Focal speakers.
(Including matching wood grain color.) [2 of them - thanks only to your much appreciated help]
Except for speaker positioning, I bet I will be futzing & [color=rgb(0,0,0);]f@rting[/color] around with this for many months, with regards to tweaking it all.
You will long be done & happy, before I'm finished...