hi all - i've read that in smaller rooms, you don't really need 7.1 - which makes sense to me. that being said...i have a 7.1 receiver, i've pre-wired my house for 7.1, and (for the love of ht) i want to try 7.1 - goshdarnit! of course, i don't want it at the sacrifice of sound quality, etc. my understanding is that, if the room is too small, the side and rear speakers can "blend" together, muffling the rear sound-stage. i don't recall the size of my living room, but it's decent sized. i think approximately 10hx12lx10w. also, my speakers may (or may not..haven't decided) be in-ceiling. so, any random thoughts or suggestions are welcome. thx!