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Atmos Upgrade - Couch Against Wall
Hi, I currently have a pretty decent home theater in my small basement. It's a 7.3 system--using Yamaha "presence" speakers and three subs. It sounds great. But, of course I can't leave good enough alone. The plan is to upgrade to an Atmos setup, now that I have a receiver that can process it. Unfortunately my couch is directly against the back wall. My speakers are all old-school Mirage bi-poles. I love how the system currently sounds, but the lure of Atmos is too much. I'm looking for help on the type of Atmos setup I should go with.
With easy access to the unfinished ceiling, I was planning on buying in-ceiling speakers--Tannoy CVS6, which is enclosed in a "can" so I think I can mount it exposed like that and not compromise sound?--and just mounting them to the joists. The question is, do I leave the presence speakers, which I guess Dolby will use as height speakers, and add two ceiling mounted Atmos speakers? Or do I add 4 ceiling Atmos speakers and remove the presence speakers? I have done a lot of searching and spent a good amount of time on Dolby's site, but my room is just too non-standard to fit into one of their ideal setups. Rough dimensions: front to back is 12 feet, ceiling is low at 7', with 6" exposed joists. My head is only like a foot off the wall when I sit on the couch. I've also considered adding a center surround speaker, as I have an extra identical surround speaker that I'm not using, and in such a small room, sitting off-center can really favor the surround closest to the listener.
Any thoughts on which way I should go? Thanks for any advice!