Looking forward to new toys! I'll have my AV setup situated on a wall approximately 7 feet wide. Here's a rough freehand diagram of the space: About the space: -This will be a main living area in my home, not dedicated to AV functionality alone. I do look forward to a living situation in the future that will not require such compromise. -The side opposite the media wall is the fireplace/mantle. Mounting the TV over the fireplace is a reasonable idea, but would be less ideal than putting it on the currently selected wall. -The justification for positioning the seating as shown is to avoid completely excluding what is a pretty nice fireplace setup from our entertainment area. -I think I drew the seating too small. There isn't quite as much space as it would appear and the sectional/loveseat will end up closer together, closer to optimal viewing position. My plan: The wall will fit a 70 inch television nicely, but that doesn't leave any room for speakers on either side. Tower speakers aren't really an option given their location in the home, so I think the best solution is likely to build everything into the wall under the TV. The center channel would be in the optimal position. But the R/L channels will be at most 5 feet apart, and likely somewhat lower than optimal below the TV. Hypothetically I could put the speakers above the TV, but that's probably even worse. A sound bar is a reasonable idea, but I don't see how that would be any better. Think I can get away with this? Any other ideas? Any in-wall speaker suggestions? My budget is $1-2k. There will be space in the wall behind the speakers (3 or so feet), so I'll likely need to have back-boxes. Thanks in advance for your ideas!