Originally Posted by HKPolkMe
I've been away from this forum since I put my current 7.2 together about 3 years ago but I'm getting an itch again to improve my small theater/loft room. I've been seeing the Dolby Atmos pop up more often. I'm sure i'll need to upgrade my receiver but what speakers are out there for me to add on to make it to a 7.2.4? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
The choices are almost endless depending on a number of factors including personal preference, room specifics, and desired type of installation (in-ceiling, on-ceiling/on-wall, or upfiring). However, there are a couple of specific parameters to keep in mind: You will want full-range speakers of similar quality (and, ideally, timbre-matched) to the rest of your system and, if mounted on a high ceiling, you will want to ensure that they are capable of achieving a suitable SPL to keep up with the listener-level speakers.
Since you've posted here in the Polk Audio thread, I presume that you want to look for Polk speakers in a line that will be a good match to your RTi's. If that is the case (and why not start from that premise?) and if you can accommodate an in-ceiling installation, I would recommend that you look at the new V80 (or its smaller cousin, the V60). Another good choice is the 80F/X-RT, which I have been using for the past two years in my 7.1.4 Atmos system. Either way, plan on spending roughly $500 to $600 for four speakers (the 80F/X-RT are sold in L & R designated pairs, but I believe the V-family are sold individually). There are plenty of other (and cheaper) options, but those would be my first choice if I were in your shoes.
If you haven't done any in-depth research on immersive audio set-ups, I highly recommend that you peruse The official Dolby Atmos thread (home theater version)
as well as The "Official" Immersive Audio Discussion thread - Atmos/DTS:X/Auro
. The links I've provided will take you to the first post of each of those threads containing links to other related information including the Dolby White Paper on Atmos for the HT. You might also want to search or post your questions in one of those threads to garner more feedback. Or continue to ask away here for Polk-specific issues.