Originally Posted by sdurani
Consider getting in-wall/in-ceiling speakers that have an angled baffle or have a point-able tweeter that can be aimed towards the listening area. Better than having your speakers pointing at locations where there are no listeners.
There are a couple ways of thinking about sound quality. Even in this day and age of surround sound, the front soundstage remains critical. That's where your attention will be focused, whether watching a movie or listening to music. As such, it helps to have the best quality speakers up front. However, modern movie mixes no longer have just subtle ambience in the surrounds. If you listen to Atmos mixes like Gravity or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you will hear dialogue coming out of the overhead speakers. That dialogue shouldn't suddenly sound different when it pans outside the front soundstage.
So it's a balancing act. You want better speakers up front. But you don't want the surrounds and heights to be so different sounding that you notice it when sounds move outside the front soundstage. For the sake of consistency, I decided a long time ago that it was just easier for me to use the same bookshelf speaker at every location, though I don't expect others to do the same. Do try to get surrounds and heights that sound as close as possible to your front 3 speakers. Some consistency is better than none.
Totally agree, it is a balancing act
The 3 front should be Always the main priority, as you said.
Then the surrounds, and ceiling duty speakers.
If one can afford the cost, due to budget constriction/room size and so on...
I will use my-self as an example.
I like towers over bookshelf, so I bought 2.
Then the matching Center.
For the surrounds, I got 4 matching bookshelf's for my front 3, to make-it 7.2.
Then came Atmos
Wanted to buy the original Bookshelf's, to make a perfect match.
But, No longer available in Black Gloss, only the new ones, a little bit brighter.
So, what to do?
I choose another brand, that was also a little bit brighter, but also on the neutral side, with a perfect look for what I wanted to achieve (not inside the ceiling, speakers on a mount).
Should work out very good, will find out when the AVP is ready to go