I know this is a basic question, but I have searched and read all the threads on speaker placement as well as all the references I could find via Google and I am not satisfied with the answers I found. I am close to buying a new receiver. It will be a long time before I have a true high fidelity home theater, but anything is better than nothing. I bought an entry level Sony 5.1 system. It served its purpose. I replaced the speakers, so at least they are less crappy then before. It’s time to replace the still crappy underpowered receiver. I’d like to go 7.1, but my couch is up against the wall and moving it out is not an option. The room is very small, 13’ by 13’. Ceiling or in wall are also out of the question. My rear speakers are currently just slightly to the rear of the couch, toed in (as far to the rear as they will ever get). If I add 7.1 surrounds they are going to be a bit forward of the couch and pretty close to the rears. I thought about flying the rears on the wall behind the couch, but they are bookshelf speakers and don’t have any mounting options, and I would have to point them straight down. Is it worth going 7.1, or should I just get a better 5.1 receiver? I could probably get a better 5.1 receiver for the money I was going to spend on a 7.1 ($400 to $500). At some point in the future I may move the whole mess into the living room, which is far better suited. But for now I am stuck in the small “rec” room.