Ksales, from what I understand your room set up is a little unconventional. Assuming that your listneing postion is going to be off center from the video source, and with your priorities in mind, I have to agree that you are on the right track. One concern I have is putting the center channel in a cabinet. One has to be carfull that the result doesn't imitate a speaker in a drum. As far as the Rotel, it's just a personal thing. It's probably that warmth thing. Like the McCormack gear, I find that Rotel gear sounds very good with Vandersteens but not as well with Thiels. In as much as these speakers have more in common than not, they don't seem to work with they same equipment due to their differences. BTW, I like both speakers but own and prefer Thiels. I'm not into the surround sound thing, so I don't know if I can offer much help. I don't know what your budget is like, but conrad-johnson is marketing a 5 channel amp. I know it's not an intergrated butI do like c-j solid state with Thiels. The impedance load presented by the Thiels is going to make for limited intergrated options. Should you go with the Thiel Powers, the angled ones might help with the corner issue. If you love the Rotel, you might want to check out the Vandersteens. Good luck.