Originally Posted by sahil0909
how was your experience with the pioneer atmos modules?
so so, but I think that's because I have a popcorn ceiling, not sure though.
Originally Posted by Jonas2
Go 5.1.4 if your space can fit them! You'll get more out of the experience with 4 Atmos, than the two extra rear surrounds will provide. Some might disagree. But that's what I'd do. I thought that receiver did 7.1.4?? Have to add an extra amp though?? I could be wrong....
You don't need anything too fancy for the Atmos speakers (or the surrounds for that matter). Get the best you can buy within your budget of course, but your budget doesn't need to be large for this. There are a number of good manufacturers for in-ceilings. Be sure to check out the Best In-Ceiling Speakers for Atmos thread!
Thanks for the suggestion about 5.1.4, which is very useful. I was quite confused about it. You are right in that if I add an amp, I can convert it to a 7.1.4, which is what I will likely do. I was leaning towards the JBL in-ceiling speakers since the rest of my speakers are JBL, but I am reading that the RSL's are vastly better, but I am still trying to confirm if this is the case.
Originally Posted by 9985
If you are building a dedicated room & already have an X4300H, I would definitely wire it for overhead (downward firing) 7.1.4 at a minimum no matter what you do, just need to add a 2 channel amp to that receiver to support it. Retrofitting overhead Atmos speakers will be a bigger PITA later, and the recommended positioning between 2 & 4 speakers is different. Several threads on AVS talk about recommendations for adding 2 channel amps for Atmos enabled AVRs, decent models seem to go for about $200. If you can't afford to set up 7.1.4 right out of the gate, I'd go with 5.1.4 (regardless of upward/downward firing) & can add the 2 channel amp & the rear surrounds later. If your room/ceiling dimensions supports it, I think you'll be happier with downward firing - a lot easier to deal with adjustments. I hate my upward firing models, have complex room setup that is holding me back from downward firing at the moment.
Yep, the plan is to have it wired for downward firing. Initial plan was for 7.1 system, but I will now have it wired for 7.1.4. Yes with an additional amp, I should be able to drive 7.1.4 with the X4300H. Regarding the downward firing speakers, I am torn between the JBL (because the rest of my speakers are JBL) vs the RSL. Any thoughts?