I currently have a 7.1 setup where, although the surround back speakers are placed behind me, the surrounds are forward of the prime listening position. I placed the surrounds where they are as a sort of a compromise--I have two smaller sofas to either side and forward of the main sofa, facing each other. Putting the surrounds in a direct line with the main listening position would place them to the sides of the side sofas, in which case people sitting on either sofa would essentially be sitting next to the surrounds and of course not getting surround information from both surrounds; OTOH, such a placement would be more or less ideal for the primary listening position. Is it an absolute rule that the surrounds in a 6/7.1 setup should be placed no more forward than the listening position, as given in the Dolby web site? Thanks!