Originally Posted by Holiday121
I have ESLs for fronts with a theater center and motion 10s for rears.
I am thinking about adding front heights are in ceiling good enough for that
I would say that, yes in-ceiling are good enough for that with the caveat that I would say virtually any speaker is good enough for that. I know plenty of people who disagree with me, but my personal opinion is that height speakers give you the lowest return on investment. There are two reasons I feel this way:
1. The human ears are not nearly as good at judging where sounds come from in the vertical plane as they are in the horizontal plane. Because of this, effects from height speakers in my experience do not nearly add as much to the listening experience as front wides or back surrounds can. Honestly, many times I could not tell a difference when they were turned on or off
2. My understanding is that height speaker set-ups use dolby pro logic iiz. What this means is that the receiver receives a standard 5.1 or 7.1 track and simply upconverts it to include height channels so effects are the receivers interpretations and benefits will likely be minimal.
Because of this, I think I personally would only consider adding height channels after I already have a 7.2/9.2 fully set-up and then only if I have the vertical space to really separate the height channels. Now, dolby atmos looks to eliminate my second point with their object based surroundsound format. That being said, atmos was really created for the large move theaters and I suspect the benefits for home use will be much lower and you would need to buy a new receiver to take advantage of it. Even if atmos does make an impact, my first point still stands.
Ok, these are all my opinions based on my personal experiences in designing, selling, and overseeing custom HT systems.
If you do decide to go for height speakers, I would actually suggest not using in-ceiling if at all possible. In-ceiling speakers obviously send the sound down to the floor. When this happens, many of the height benefits are lost, the volume of the speakers will be absorbed into the carpet, you could end up with some echo effects, and typically sound quality is lower for in-ceilings. If I were doing heights, I would probably use something somewhat directional, fairly small, and just mounted as high up as possible. Didn't someone use the motion 2's for heights a while back?