I currently have a 4.1 set up - Front L&R, Front Centre and a rear centre (plus .1) which I am running in mono from one of the rear surround outputs (I have told the XMC-1 that there is only one rear surround).
This actually works pretty well and adds a rear surround ambience that wasn't previously there. I notice especially for 7.1 it is most effective as I guess there is a discrete channel present at the rear surround as opposed to a synthesised one for 5.1.
Anyway, I am looking at perhaps adding a pair of matching bookshelf speakers to the rear and I was wondering if there is a way of integrating these into a 7.1 set up (6.1) or if I should just replace the centre rear with the pair of bookshelves and settle for proper 5.1.
If I opt for the 6.1 how would this be configured?
1) Would I run the 2 pairs as rear backs and the centre as a singe rear surround? Although this wouldn't be how it was intended and the rear surrounds should be at the side of the listening experience not behind.
2) Could I run the matching pair as rear surrounds, and the centre as a single mono back speaker? Would this work? It would make more sense actually.
Any ideas here would be greatly appreciated.
Edit: I just RTM - and 2) is the only way I can actually do it you can only have a pair of surrounds but you can have a single rear back surround, I got mixed up with the terminology.
From the manual:
For your Surround speakers you will be able to select: Small, Large, or None.
For your Back (Rear Surround) speakers you will be able to select: 2 Large, 2 Small, 1 Large, 1 Small, or None.