Originally Posted by Brian Hampton
I don't know anything about ATMOS yet but I started looking into it. Atmos enabled speakers aren't required if you arrange traditional speakers in certain configurations (from what I can tell... seems atmos enabled speakers have up firing drivers).... So, from what I have read (which isn't much) I can re arrange my 7.2 system by putting my side surrounds on the ceiling.... chances are this is the only configuration my AVR (Denon 73oh) will work with anyways...
But, hey,... I have to read more and stuff.... .don't freak out if I have it wrong for now...
Since I'm not going to pay for the developer membership I have time to sort this stuff out.
Correct. There really aren't "atmos" speakers in that they're different. They're just speakers. Nothing more special than their shape and design for being mounted in different ways. Some speakers are designed to be placed on your front speakers but point up at the ceiling in such a way that the sound could bounce back to you. Some are side speakers used in a 7.1 setup but also have top mounted speakers on those to accomplish the same thing. These type of speakers work ok but are no replacement for true ceiling mounted speakers.
When I bought this house it was being built in 2004 so I had them run wires in the ceiling from speaker locations to where i'd put the receiver. This was long before atmos was even a thing and i've always had large bookshelf speakers mounted on the ceiling. Similar to what you'd see in a movie theater for surrounds, just with ceiling mounts pointing to the primary listening position.
When I got an atmos receiver I just assigned the 2 side speakers in my 7.1 setup as 2 atmos speakers which gave me a 5.1.2 setup. I may take the rear speakers down from the ceiling and put them on stands but then I have to run the wires down from the ceiling to them and it just adds some clutter to the family room. But we'll see.
Upstairs in my other theater I just bought some bookshelf speakers and mounted them on the front wall up at the ceiling as the denon showed it was an acceptable location. It works ok.
If you want to add more confusion read up on DTS:X which is the DTS equivalent of atmos.
Streaming Devices: Nvidia Shield, 2x Roku 3's, 1st/2nd gen chromecast, ATV4k, Apple TV 4, xbox 360/one
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Last edited by archer75; 06-20-2018 at 12:56 PM.