Originally Posted by abrxx
Total speculation on my part, but I can see 10 speakers overhead breaking down into:
Certainly if I was wiring for home cinema that would be my best bet if I wanted to put in 10 overhead speakers.
the problem is finding a receiver or affordable
prepro that will have the terminals, preamp outs, built-in speaker configurations or speaker switching capability to accommodate them.
I'm not sure what Pioneer's AVR's will allow but the photo shows their Atmos AVRs no longer have dedicated terminals for front heights. It's possible their Top connection could be used for IIz heights but no answers yet on the speaker configurations to be supported. For D&M that have all the connections, leaked manual pages seem to indicate switching between heights & overheads is at least theoretically possible.
the only prepro I know of that could
handle your idea is the new $30-40K Trinnov Altitude with up to 32 channels.
if you are constructing
a dedicated room, you certainly could pre-wire all these positions, knowing not all of them can be used, at least you'd be prepared for anything
but those of us with existing rooms are kind of in holding pattern planning for anything until manuals are forthcoming that show supported speaker layouts. even for atmos speakers & add-on modules, no way to tell where to put them until you know what the AVR is going to allow.
the good news is it should all be clear in several months