Hmm, that's where I'm going to have to just "do it wrong" I think. I totally get what you're saying now, especially with multiple rows of seats, the front center (middle room) seat being the best. In order for me to put a large screen in I can only sit so close (12' for a 135" diagonal nets me over 36 degree viewing angle). The game room open behind has the benefit of seeing a large screen at a relative distance for passive watching (15-25'). I'm just trying to get the sound in the 3 and 1/2 walled "theater area" the best that I can, (Knowing it won't be nearly as good as a dedicated room).
Guess I can always pull a chair up in the middle of the room and recalibrate and see how close to great I can get. Anyhow, I'm feeling lots better about the specifics on placement, speaker type, receiver - amp combinations, etc. Just have to get the receiver +/- amp figured out now. ThanksGo to the full post