It's a question that no doubt has come up a few times before and the issue is straigtforward - is actually setting up speakers for full 7.1 surround worth the extra clutter ? Can experienced gamers comment on how they may have tried the extra two channels on then off to compare. Thinking about positioning the extra two would be properly behind rather than just to the side and behind as in 5.1 channels 4 and 5. This might give a more realistic "creep up behind" I suppose but does it really make an appreciable difference. Apart from the clutter of trying to mount channels 6 and 7 in free space behind me ( 4 and 5 is easy , on furniture to the side/back ) I find that several up market PC speaker sets are only for 5.1 Two examples are the Creative Progamer G500 and the Klipsch sets past and present. I notice that the latest 7.1 sets from Creative and Logitech also have a decoder box for movies. That is something I really don't need as I do movies on a multi thousand pound system anyway. I want good PC speakers to render games well and to have background music as I web surf and to sample music in the course of making buying choices of CD's. So you see, I just need a straightforward powered speaker arrangement; no decoder box. I've looked around but I simply cannot find a set other than those with ! If I decide that 5.1 is quite enough for my gaming and for musi listenming while on the computer, then I might well get hold of a Klipsch system. I know that the Creative Progamer G500 is great for games but is a bit crude for music, while the Klipsch is more refined but has less impact - which is ok as I don't do games loud anyway and even with my present puny sub I have it set really low. Klipsch have had a good rep in the past for quality e.g. with their "Promedia" sets but seem hard to find and reportedly have had problems like reliability and heat. Now I see there is a new set, the GMX D5.1 at £200 from Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...2206?v=glance&n=560798&s=electronics&v=glance Can anyone comment on these ? Also, has anyone seen a 7.1 equivalent by Klispch or any other ? No decoder box mind.