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Add ceiling speakers to upgrade from 5.1 o 7.1

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

I have a 5.1 right now and am considering the benefit of upgrading to 7.1. The problem is, I only have one place to put the additional speakers to complete the 7.1, the ceiling.

This is because in my room, the couch is all the way against the back wall (there is no room to move it forward, it must stay where it is), my surrounds are directly beside the couch a few feet away on both sides. Now, for me to get to 7.1 I was thinking of a high end ceiling speaker (or mounting a high end speaker) directly above my couch, spaced evenly and pointing directly down at us.

Has anyone done this and does this create an acceptable surround rears setup for the additional 2 channels?

Thanks!
post #2 of 5
Don't know what receiver you have, but a lot of the newer ones are incorporating height and/or wides for the front. In some cases the surround backs are being re-purposed for front h/w.
post #3 of 5
Sounds intended to come from behind you will instead come from above you. If incorrect directionality doesn't bother you, then try the 7.1 layout.

Personally, I would stick with the 5.1 layout and consider adding a couple of height speakers up front.
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses. I have a Meridian 861 processor with all ATC active speakers.

When you say front height speakers (which my unit supports) what information does it reproduce? Is it an extension of the front end sound (basically the same as the fronts)?

I am will to pretty much do whatever will just add more ambience to the main listening position, which is the primary goal.
post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by Maestro2be View Post

When you say front height speakers (which my unit supports) what information does it reproduce? Is it an extension of the front end sound (basically the same as the fronts)?
Depends on the processing.

Dolby PLIIz extracts out of phase information from the surround channels and sends it to height speakers above the mains. DTS Neo:X extracts sounds that are mixed between the front and surround-back channels to feed height speakers placed higher and wider than the mains.

The 861v8 manual makes no mention of either, nor configuring for height speakers, so I'm not sure if your unit can do height speakers.
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