I agree with you, that's why I have added only side stereo speakers and a sub; the tv's speakers (a Phillips direct view 34")serve as the center channel. Sounds good and logical.
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I have gone to football games and thought the same thing a few times( all that beer they sell ). Anyway, yes you could do that and yes you would be missing something but three speakers would still be better than only one. He probably had the football game playing threw one of his DSP modes which is enough to turn anybody off. Just set your processor up for no rears and see what you think.
turn down the rear speakers to a level so that they are only noticed when they are off as opposed to when they are on, much like a subwoofer. otherwise the soundfeild will have a rearward bias. you'll know when you have it right because the soundfeild will shift back to the front. very common rookie mistake, help your pal out next time you visit.