This seems like the best place for this post, since it's partly about sound fields, partly about noise issues, partly about video placement etc etc... I'm about to move to a new house and have 'decided' that the living room will be a haven to the AV system. Not quite a dedicated a home cinema, but at least it will be saved from constant attack by my young children (the theory being that if they are in this room, it's to sit and watch / listen). The house is a 1930's semi - so solid brick throughout and with carpet over suspended wooden floors. Unfortunately this room is on the party wall with the neighbours. Ive sketched out two options for how I think the room layout might work and as yet I'm undecided about which option to go for. So far as I see it, both have downsides: Option 1: + Keeps front speakers away from party wall (for Neighbour Acceptance Factor) - Leaves TV (28in CRT) a bit far away from main viewing position on sofa - may not allow adequate width of front speakers at viewing/listening position? Option 2 + puts TV closer to sofa - Puts the TV much nearer one front speaker than the other - front speakers too far apart for music? - front speakers near party wall I dont think either option would let me position the rears on the side walls (Im thinking of changing to some Mission 77DS since this might help reduce that problem). Im flexible about the position of the sub if it needs to move away from the party wall then this can probably be achieved. Equally I may have been a bit vague with the size of the sofa, so it may be stuck on the right hand wall in either event, this is not too much of a problem. I know the answer is probably try both layouts and see which is best but do any of you experts out there have any strong views about which would be the better one to start with? Also, are there any variations which Ive missed?