Originally Posted by Balbolito
Want to know your opinion regarding the new added speakers, are they in general less important than the main 7 channels as they will be mostly doing effects and such? and might not even be really audible in most movies.
Not everyone has the same opinion on this. My ear level speakers are all Triads. My most recent adds (2nd set of side surrounds are Triad Bronze level speakers vs the other surrounds which are Silvers. The ceiling speakers closest to the seating are RSLs and the front heights are, again Triad Bronze. As for "audible in most movies"? Even when a particular speaker (e.g. top rear) is utilized while an object moves through it, you don't necessarily HEAR the specific speaker. The physical space that speaker occupies (and the space around it) just becomes better resolved as compared to if there were no speaker there.
Like for example LCRs should be the main focus and usually the most important ones in any setup. Subs too. then maybe surrounds (sides then back) this is just my opinion and i could be wrong.
So would you say speakers from the same family/timbre that are smaller(ceiling/in-wall/bookshelf) would do the job?
And i am asking as i am planning to move to a Trinnov after a while and might gather some gear if i come across good deals.
Another Q, are there any speaker setup guides for more than 16 channels that could be useful? maybe even up to 32 channels. something like the Dolby Atmos speaker setup guide.
In MY opinion. and if you want to maximize
the sonic landscape, ALL speakers should be by the same manufacturer,and again, ideally
, should have identical tweeter and midranges. But, again, only in my opinion, the differences between having matching ceiling speakers and not matching, is less critical than having matching surround level speakers.
On the other hand, I have calibrated rooms where the LCRs were by one company, the surrounds were by another (but will be changed out to LCR matching) and the heights were yet another and the subs were yet another. But one of the things that makes this particular room work so very well was the rather large investment (well north of $10,000) this individual was willing to make in passive room treatment.
Once he swaps out the surrounds to match his LCRs, (and ups his woofage count a tad) this will be the best home theater audio I will have ever experienced in any home.
In your case, since you have JBLs for LCR and surrounds, as a first choice, find a less expensive JBL for use on your ceiling.
As for speaker layouts other than Dolby, take a look at the most recent DTS:X Pro recommendations. The squares show where I have speakers (21 of them).
Here are the locations of my speakers: