Originally Posted by wse
It all depends on the number of seats and rows in your theater. For me two seats one row I will do 7.2.2
Yeah, it all depends...how many feet behind the couch to the back wall.
* But! It is very easy to figure his particular situation and room; and because of that 5.1.4 would be much more beneficial to him...in my very humble and smart opinion.
** Four overheads Dolby Atmos speakers are better than only two of them plus two back surround speakers.
I truly think. /// Why? Because of object rendition in a 3D space. ...Much more spatial, much more immersing in both horizontal (five speakers) and vertical (four speakers) planes; plus subwoofer(s).
5.1.4 is a perfect spatial balance; much more than 7.1.2 - and even for only one or three listeners (main listener surrounded by his two girlfriends, one on each side of his couch).
*** Yes, four overhead Dolby Atmos "sky satellites" should 'elevate' a listener or three much more than two surround back speakers (mostly useless in most small rooms), and only two overhead ones (only overhead side panning, no front to back overhead panning).
**** The two Side surrounds like I said; @ 110-120° behind the "love triangle" (MLP).