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WTK: 7.1 to 9.1

Is it worth it to go from 7.1 to 9.1 for the two front height speakers? I read that for height speakers to sound right you also need back height speakers, I just don't want to waste the money from going from 7.1 to 9.1 if it doesn't sound right.

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Is it worth it to go from 7.1 to 9.1 for the two front height speakers? I read that for height speakers to sound right you also need back height speakers, I just don't want to waste the money from going from 7.1 to 9.1 if it doesn't sound right.

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Honestly, I would say it depend on your front speakers
I got no use for wide/height extra speakers, my front stage is very good.
They can make some stuff, like it's higher or on the wide side, where there is no speakers


But will do some ceiling speakers, just a different beast.
If I were you, I would concentrate more on the last one too


Just a personnel opinion.


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Is it worth it to go from 7.1 to 9.1 for the two front height speakers? I read that for height speakers to sound right you also need back height speakers, I just don't want to waste the money from going from 7.1 to 9.1 if it doesn't sound right.
I initially added two height speakers to go to 5.2.2 on the way to 5.2.4 to 7.2.4. I think a pair a height speakers will add a nice element for you for shows and movies - I enjoyed them. They will give you a taste for ATMOS and DTS:x and you can use the upmixers on your AVR to simulate the height speakers as well.

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Is it worth it to go from 7.1 to 9.1 for the two front height speakers? I read that for height speakers to sound right you also need back height speakers, I just don't want to waste the money from going from 7.1 to 9.1 if it doesn't sound right.

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Are we talking about "traditional" height speakers or Atmos?

If "traditional", I highly recommend them! I added front heights a couple years ago (Denon 4520) and have tried turning them off recently...I can't go without them now. They add an additional height and width dimension that is missing with the front 3 speakers alone.

Mine are mounted at ceiling height, about 3' wider apart than my FL/FR speakers.
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