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Dolby Atmos possibilities/placement

I have scored the net and AVS, but I havent come across exactly what I need to know. That's why Im making this thread.

I have a 12 x 12 room with an 8 foot ceiling that's been converted into a small theater with seating on the back wall. I have two Klipsch reference book shelf speakers mounted on the right and left side 75" up the wall angled to shoot sound above my head to create a "cloud of sound". These speakers do that quite well. My question is whether or not I would benefit from in ceiling mounted dolby atmos speakers for a 5.1.2 setup. I dont have the room or really the want for 5.1.4 since the space is small. If it's not worth it, Ill just bi amp my fronts and use the money on different upgrades.

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Overhead speakers do help to produce an enveloping sound, often with appropriate sounds coming from above (rain, footsteps on an upper floor, helicopters, etc). They produce far more of an improvement than bi-amping can.

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Overhead speakers do help to produce an enveloping sound, often with appropriate sounds coming from above (rain, footsteps on an upper floor, helicopters, etc). They produce far more of an improvement than bi-amping can.

I dont doubt that, but with a 12 x 12 room is there an advantage to Atmos since my side speakers are so high?

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I dont doubt that, but with a 12 x 12 room is there an advantage to Atmos since my side speakers are so high?
It would be nice if you could lower the side surrounds as much as possible. However, adding speakers at the top, front of the room above the main speakers (called Front Height) will enhance the audio experience.

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I dont doubt that, but with a 12 x 12 room is there an advantage to Atmos since my side speakers are so high?
With your seat against the back wall, not ideal for 5.1, doubt you will benefit much with Atmos as they suggest 2 speakers in the ceiling behind the seating and 2 a bit forward.
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With your seat against the back wall, not ideal for 5.1, doubt you will benefit much with Atmos as they suggest 2 speakers in the ceiling behind the seating and 2 a bit forward.
My 5.1 setup is room constraint as I dont have space to sit closer with the speakers slightly behind.

As far as the Atmos goes, I thought Atmos called for at least 2 slightly forward heights for the basic setup.
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It would be nice if you could lower the side surrounds as much as possible. However, adding speakers at the top, front of the room above the main speakers (called Front Height) will enhance the audio experience.
The side surrounds cant be lowered because I have a small nook where you enter the room and my side right is there and you'd basically run into the speaker if it were lowered.

I may just go with some front height speakers and go with Atmos once we move which will be in the next 3 years.
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Can you do Atmos? Yes. Will it be a good implementation? ... Without the willingness or ability to move things I would say no. If you really can't move the side speakers, maybe do a pair of on wall or in wall rears or the aforementioned front heights to give you a 7.1 setup.
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Can you do Atmos? Yes. Will it be a good implementation? ... Without the willingness or ability to move things I would say no. If you really can't move the side speakers, maybe do a pair of on wall or in wall rears or the aforementioned front heights to give you a 7.1 setup.
Ill probably end up doing heights, because I really cant move the sides.
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I thought Atmos called for at least 2 slightly forward heights for the basic setup.
That location would give the best impression of sounds above you. Should be able to hear the difference between that vs sounds around you coming from your sides.

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