Hi, i have had some direct radiating surrounds for some time now. I used to put them up according to the Dolby web site's recommendations. I had them 3 feet above ear level and just behind the listening position, and to the side. Now this gave me a real diffused sound affect for the surrounds. When a plane flew over the screen, it sounded as if it flew over your head. Now i was just playing around the other day, and i put my surrounds behind the listening position facing forward. They are only 2 feet behind the listening postition and up against the back wall, thus no more room to push them back. Now the sound dramatically changed. No more diffused surround effects, but i now hear things from the surrounds that i couldn't possibly hear at all with the Dolby set up, even with a 6db gain! Its like watching a brand new movie. At first it was way too loud, i could barely here the fronts, but i have now since evened them out with the fronts. I must say right now i like this more aggresive approach. Now some prefer the diffuse sound over the more directional sound, and vice versa. Becuase i enjoy tweaking so much, i might change it back and forth sometime in the future to get that old diffuse sound back, but hey, thats the beauty of HT! I guess i just want to hear something new for a while. Maybe i should get some dipoles for a 7.1 set up, so i can have both! But wait, i can't afford that right now... So, my question is this: for those with direct radiating speakers for surrounds, and that have 5.1, not 6.1/7.1 setups (though if you really want, you can post your opinions as well), how are your surrounds set up? And how do you like your surrounds to sound? Do you follow Dolby's guidlines, or do you do your own thing...i would love to hear opinions becuase everyone posts about dipoles/bipoles most of the time... THANKS!