Originally Posted by DosTurbo
Well, it's all set up and running. I am new to this and still have much to learn. The system sounds great to me and I know the rear speakers are not in the best place but it's my only choice.
I have to admit that I'm really disappointed in the Dolby Atmos. I bought all the upward firing Pioneer speakers and I think I wasted my money. I should have just upgraded the speakers to better non Atmos enabled speakers. I have watched Atmos movies and downloaded the Atmos demo Blu Ray and I don't hear it. I get a nice surround effect but zero height.
What a bummer!
1. The "side" surround speakers are in a good location for "surround" duty, however, as you have learned, much to close for any "side" surround Atmos effect.
2. The benefit of purchasing separate upward firing modules is that you can move them around and angle them up/down much easier so as to provide the most effective "height" effect. In some instances, having to place them on stands a good 3' in front of the towers. However, as Paul suggests, your only option is to physically move the whole tower speakers (likely closer), but you'll have to experiment to determine their best location. In the end, you may decide to scrap the Atmos connections and simply place the towers for proper Front L/R presentation.
3. The center speaker should be pulled out to the edge (if not slightly farther) and wedged in the back so that it points at your head. Another option to consider is moving the center speaker and placing it on top of the top center cabinet drawer (pulled out) and angling it up towards your head. Run Audyssey again after finalizing all speaker physical location and placement.
4. The SR6011 appears to be tucked into the leftmost upper cabinet shelf which unfortunately is where it will likely die a slow death if there isn't sufficient ventilation provided (ie. if the back is closed, a hole should be cut out and a fan used to exhaust the warm air, or if the cabinet is flush to the rear wall, the air needs to be exhausted to the front of the AVR). Presumably, the shelf front door is open and not glass (cannot tell from image).
Further questions regarding the SR6011 should be posted in the 2016 Marantz Owner's thread linked below:
*Official* Marantz 2016 NR-1607, SR-5011/6011/7011 owner's thread