Generally to your sides, maybe just a bit back.
I always recommend a look at Audioholics on this one - they have pictures!
This page has answers to all your questions...http://www.audioholics.com/tweaks/speaker-setup-guidelines/
And this is a bit more specific for your 7.1 question:http://www.audioholics.com/tweaks/speaker-setup-guidelines/home-theater-speaker-layout-an-essential-guidehttp://www.audioholics.com/images/img2.jpg
[Edited by AV_Integrated on Mar 18, 2008 at 1:02 PM]
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