I hope to buy a 5.2.4 system in the near future. I am trying to figure out which in-ceiling Atmos and surrounds to get. For L/C/R channels, I'd like to get Revel F208's and C208 center channel. I'm considering the following in-ceiling Atmos and surround speakers:
Revel C363 - $250 - angle-adjustable tweeter, plastic frame
Paradigm CI Home H65-A - $329 - 30 degree angled tweeter and woofer (not adjustable)
Revel C563 - $350 - angle-adjustable tweeter, aluminum frame and three-position tweeter level control
Revel C763 - $500 - angle-adjustable tweeter, aluminum frame, high-output woofer, three-position tweeter level control, boundary compensation switch
Revel C763L - $750 - angled tweeter, 2 3.5" midrange woofers, 7.8" x 3.4" diaphragm flat-panel low frequency woofer, three-position tweeter level control, and boundary compensation
Putting subs, receiver, TV, etc. aside, assuming I have a $2,100 budget (and assuming MSRP pricing), of the following options, what's the best choice for surrounds and Atmos?
A) 6 C363's = $1,500 (least expensive)
B) 2 H65-A's + 4 C363's = $1,658 (least expensive option with angled surrounds)
C) 2 C563'S + 4 C363's = $1,700
D) 6 H65-A's = $1,974 (all angled)
E) 2 C763's + 4 C363's = $2,000
F) 2 H65-A's + 4 C563's = $2,058
G) 6 C563's = $2,100
Would it really be worth going over budget for the following choices?
H) 2 C763's + 4 C563's = $2,400
I) 2 C763L's + 4 C363's = $2,500
J) 2 C763L's + 4 C563's = $2,900
My dealer recommended choice "X", which I've ruled out completely:
X) 2 H65-A's (for front Atmos) + 4 C363DT's ($300/each) for rear Atmos and surrounds = $1,858
I like that the Paradigm CI Home H65-A's are 30°-angled and are only $329, but I am hesitant to mix speaker brands. For the back Atmos and surround speakers, my dealer recommended the Revel C363DT's, which have two tweeters. The dealer is a big proponent of bipole rear/surround speakers. I don't subscribe to that theory. From soundandvision.com: "Dolby recommends using direct-radiating surround speakers positioned at roughly ear-height for Atmos. Why? Object-based surround technology allows for a more spatially precise rendering of soundtrack information than was possible with channel-based formats, and Dolby maintains that direct-radiating speakers are best equipped to deliver it, both in cinemas and at home."
I would feel more comfortable having angled surrounds, but the seemingly best speaker I'm considering, the C763L, would put me over budget. Would I be better off with the Paradigm H65-A, or would the C363/C563/C763 be okay by angling the tweeter? The same question applies to the Atmos choices, but I think it's an important distinction given the recommendation from Dolby to have surrounds at ear level.
Thanks for taking the time to read my entire post and thank you in advance for your advice!
Last edited by blSwagger; 06-17-2019 at 08:15 PM.