...new to 7.1, setting up my system. Right now I only am using 5 speakers- surrounds are to the rear of me. After going to the movies last night, I realized I *must* put the surround sides on the sides cause I'm missing alot and although I'm using B&W dipoles their reflection off the side walls still isnt enough to fill the gap. Due to room/window/fireplace constraints, I can't place the side surrounds directly to the sides of me. I plan to get Magneplanar MMG-W's for the surrounds, they are hinged so I can "aim the null" to my listening area. Is this acceptable to have the side surrounds slightly infront of the listening area? For the rears, I plan to try to suspend them from the celing and aim down, since Maggies are dipolars and they need breathing room behind them.