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Atmos or not?

So even though I said I wouldn't build another dedicated theater (this will be #4 ), my wife is encouraging me to do so. With that said, it's been a few years since #3 and now Atmos and other 3D audio technology is out. Would that work in with this type of room layout?

Room (from proposed screen location to back wall) is 11'10" x 24'8" x 8'. Side walls are 5' before slant/roofline.
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maybe, it makes sense on every new build project.
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At a minimum I would plan for where the Atmos speakers will be and wire for it. When I built my theater, I didn't have funds for the extra amp and speakers for Atmos right away. Probably spent 3-4 months before I had some disposable $ to buy them.

So I have lived with and without Atmos in the same theater. When the source material is encoded for Atmos...WOW! Awesome! VERY COOL!. When the processor interpolates it, not that big of a deal. But lets face it, object based surround appears here to stay. More and more material should go this way. So at a minimum plan for the future and run the speaker wires, extra XLR/RCA and make sure there is room where the speakers should go (duct work, can lights and all the other things that screw up ceiling placement later on)
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Side walls are tall enough to place surrounds at ear height or even slightly higher. You should easily be able to separate sounds around you versus sounds above you, which is the hallmark of a good Atmos set-up. How wide is the flat part of the ceiling?

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One other option (and what I’m considering) is to figure out what speakers you want to use and then get a Monoprice speaker with the same cutout (or slightly less) to use in the meantime and swap them out when you get more $$$.

I’d prewire at the very least as it’s so much easier now then it is later.

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Side walls are tall enough to place surrounds at ear height or even slightly higher. You should easily be able to separate sounds around you versus sounds above you, which is the hallmark of a good Atmos set-up. How wide is the flat part of the ceiling?
The flat part looks to be about 6' wide. Was planning on using in-wall/in-ceiling speakers, so are you saying to put the atmos ones in the flat part and side surround speakers on the side walls?

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Was planning on using in-wall/in-ceiling speakers, so are you saying to put the atmos ones in the flat part and side surround speakers on the side walls?
Surrounds definitely on the side walls, around seated ear height or slightly above. Height speakers can be spread wide enough apart so that they're on the angled part of the ceiling, which would end up aiming them towards the listening area (that's not a bad thing).

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