Hey guys, I'm moving into a new home and need to try to figure out how to get my surround sound set up for the family room. The family room (called the Great Room on the floorplan) is VERY open and not ideal for your typical home theater setup. So I thought I'd come to you guys for some expert and creative advice. Things to note: - The 57" widescreen will be in a custom built cabinet to the side of the fireplace. It will be on a sliding swivel, so will pull out and angle toward the room when viewing. - The perimeter of the Great Room is surrounded by narrow pillars that go to the ceiling. There are 5 in all...4 at the back of the room at the corners of a carpeted area. - Behind the Great Room, is the kitchen, so there's lots of open space. I will be buying new speakers (2 fronts, 1 center, 2 surrounds, sub is optional as I already have one) to go in this room. The center will go above the TV. But I need suggestions on LF, RF placement, and which pillars would be ideal for RL, RR. Ideally I would mount bookshelf-sized or small surround speakers on the pillars for surround. But I don't know what to do about the fronts. Also, I would like to go bookcase for fronts if possible, but may be talked into standings. My other concern, beyond placement, is enough power for the very open space. I have $2500 to spend on the speakers and mounting. I'm open to speaker brand/type suggestions too! I prefer warm speakers, as opposed to bright, but not too boomy...more "tight", and I will be using them 75% of the time for DVD movies, and 25% for music. Here's my floorplan! THanks in advance!