Originally Posted by ss9001
All the theoretical discussion is great...but I have a question on the practical side of actually implementing Atmos in the home
I'd like to know what some of you think about using mini-bookshelves mounted to the ceiling with brackets like omnimounts instead of actual in-ceiling speakers. Would be as effective? Would you point them straight down or slightly angled to the seating? Speakers like the NHT Superzero 2 or Martin Logan Motion 2/4's. Not as elegant as mounting in-ceiling, yes. But no worries about sound isolation, closed vs open back, and a lot more speaker for the money. Plus less installation cost.
As I'm discovering, good in-ceilings are not cheap, especially closed back ones. Comparison of typical mini-bookshelves vs typical in-ceiling:
4 M-L Motion 4's ~$1K. NHT SZ's would be $400!
Compare this to 4 good/excellent quality in-ceilings ranging from $1.5-6K! You can count on at least $300-500 ea for decent ones. And the price goes up from there.
Or is this a case of better to use Dolby enabled if you can't install true downfiring in-ceilings?
Keith, I know you're considering some pro audio cinema style monitors mounted on a swivel bracket which aren't true in-ceiling mounted. not exactly the same but would you point them straight down or angled?
I haven’t read anywhere that Atmos is biased more towards in-ceiling than on-ceiling speakers. I haven’t even considered in-ceiling designs - they are very expensive if they are to be any good, it seems, and I dislike the idea of them in principle, but this may be bias after hearing so many (a lot of my friends have them - WAF etc) and never yet having heard any that I would want to live with myself.
I also intend to angle my own on-ceiling speakers towards the MLP somewhat, although strictly speaking this may not be needed and remember that I am concerned mostly with one seat. In-ceiling designs do sometimes have a movable tweeter but, again, that idea does not appeal to me, although others may find that YMMV applies.
I have indeed pretty much decided to go with Tannoy Di5 DC
speakers for my four top speakers. I like their size, for my room, and the fact that they use a dual concentric driver design, which I think will work well with Atmos and which I always enjoyed very much with Kef when I used their speakers (UniQ), and the Tannoys have a 90 degree cone of dispersion which I also think will work well. Also, they are the baby brothers to the Di6 DCs that Roger Dressler is using in his (larger) room and I admit to being influenced by Roger's thinking.
Because the Di5s are 'pro' designs, they don't have a finish that would win an Aesthetics award, but that doesn’t matter to me in a dedicated room that is lightproof and painted dark grey and black
And perhaps because they are 'plain looking' shall we say, they are also remarkably good value for money. And they are very easy to mount as they come complete with a C-bracket designed for the purpose.