Originally Posted by markmon1
I disagree with this. You're better off spending that same money to upgrade your center or left/right front. In fact, if there's a better center, you should spend that money on that until you have the best center possible then upgrade other speakers. For theater, I prioritize center, then sub, then left/right front, then surrounds, then rear surrounds then ceiling. I'd say a system with a $5000 center and $50x4 atmos speakers will sound better than a system with $1000 center and $1000x4 atmos speakers.
And I even more strongly disagree with the above, seeing that it places Atmos capability at a low level. @niterida
has it nailed down correctly.
That example above.....now that's just not making much sense because anyone who would lay out $5k for a Center (high end KEF) isn't going to waffle on spending $150.00 / $200.00 on decent Atmos Seakers. Probably a LOT more. I know of some DefTech and KEF speakers that the $5K-Guy would drop some coin on in a heartbeat. All under $1K too.
Unless an austere budget rules all buying decisions, Atmos speakers should at minimum be chosen for the Future...because you had better believe that the amount of content, as well as the "mixed-in" volume and intensity is only going to get more and more extensive...and extended.
Consider all the individuals who felt the same way 1st with Rear Surround. Then came Center Rears...and considerably more content in what had become Side Surrounds.
Atmos is a extension of the older High-Wide &/or High Front Channels on so many pre-Atmos Receivers. Now it's called "Object Based"...why? Because it's easier to describe the mixed effects in terms of "Rain & Thunder"...Bullets and shells whizzing...Helicopters passing. The 1st and last items can have a tremendous amount of low end and mid-Bass frequency...as well as piercing mid-range, and you cannot send a Boy to do a Man's job when impactful effects are needed.
Certainly for some there are both limits and limited need....but when one starts describing Atmos systems in terms of 5.2.4 or 7.2.4, then the Atmos should take it's place as being something well considered vital for both the present and the future.
There are spectacular performing, positional Woofer/Tweeter 6.5" Ceiling Speakers with Bass porting that can be had for under $150 ea. Suggesting a $50.00 In-Ceiling is simply telling someone; "Buy some cheap crap now so you can spend more later, and lose your modest investment in the original choices."