Originally Posted by SoundChex
Reading through the Dolby Atmos
materials, it seems to me that the minimum small theater speaker configuration
for Dolby Atmos
is (probably somewhere around) 13.x
, and somewhat resembling a superset
of the 'old' and 'new' DTS Neo:X 11.1
My inclination might be to wire
for all those 13 speakers in their "standard" locations, and to install speakers as needed whenever I changed processors . . . and to worry about adding overhead speakers later!
When you look at the Atmos speaker layout you could break things down this way for home theaters:
It's the basic 7.1 home layout, but with side speakers for each row for more accurate panning (if you have multiple rows, that is, or just want more precise locations for sound effect placement), a set of front wide/side wall surround speakers aimed towards the listening space set somewhere between the front screen speakers and the designated side surrounds, and as many mirrored overhead
height speakers as you have side wall surround speakers. And if you're so bold, two subs in the back for the surround channels for speakers that can't handle low frequencies (since sound effects are now encouraged to be full frequency). If you're blessed with a large space for a big scope screen, you could add two more behind the screen front fill speakers (center left and center right).
Sounds doable to me... if the powers that be see fit to give us object based surround sound that is just as powerful as the commercial venues. The equipment should be modular so you can plug in as many speaker locations as you see fit... just like the commercial object rendering decoders.Edited by Dan Hitchman - 8/17/13 at 10:15am