I need some help here. After reading through the entire thread, I decided to run a quick test using a bookshelf speaker angled upwards and the set-up test tone. Note, I do not yet have an Atmos capable AVR.
I set the speaker on top of my rear surrounds, which are about 4 feet off the ground. My ceiling is about 8ft high, and has a hard popcorn texture unfortunately. Anyways, the test tone definitely sounded much higher in the space than my regular surrounds, but at no point did it ever sound like it was coming from the ceiling above me.
This leads to my questions:
1) I know there are a lot of variables concerning not having the Atmos AVR and speakers, but I believe I should've gotten some tiny amount of ceiling bounce effect, no? Would that absolutely require an Atmos capable receiver and/or Atmos speaker? Like I said, it definitely expanded the soundstage higher, but definitely not overhead on the ceiling.
2) I did this test to see if my room was capable before I actually spend the cash to purchase a new AVR/speakers. If a successful test can be carried out with normal AVR/speakers, then the fact that this test failed doesn't bode well for me. I guess that would mean that my room isn't right for Atmos? (and I cannot install actual ceiling speakers)
3) Would an Atmos receiver make any difference in sound quality if still hooked up to a 5.1 setup? Or would that just be a waste?
4) Would it be worth it to get an Atmos AVR and set up those bookshelves on top of my surrounds as Rear Height channels? I might be able to position them slightly higher on the wall. If this could work, would it make more sense to point them upwards or at some other angle?
I think that's it for now. I really want to splurge on a new AVR but if it won't make any real difference in my setup, then I guess it would just be waste of money. I really need some advice! Thanks.