I have been wanting to try Atmos for a while now, and since buying my Yamaha receiver I've been itching to give it a go. Over the weekend I briefly repurposed my Wharfedale Diamond 220 speakers - which are usually on my desk in my office - and carefully positioned them on their backs on top of my front two speakers.
I fired up some of the Dolby Atmos demo clips and immediately noticed a more expansive sound field. There wasn't any direct over-head action per se, but the sound stage definitely felt "bigger".
So after some discussion with my other half in regards to the aesthetics of the situation (I'm taking the mickey a bit in our lounge as it is
) I thought sod it, and went to a local shop to pick up a pair of Elac A4s. I would like some Kefs to match the rest of my speakers but I chose against it a) on account of the price, considering it's a bit of an experiment, and b) because they're more aesthetically intrusive than the Elacs.
When I unboxed them, my OH exclaimed "oh they're a LOT smaller than I expected!", which was a relief. But anyway, I digress..
Having spent a while setting them up and tweaking things, I can say that they do work, but it's extremely subtle. There isn't really anything in the way of over-head effects unless I get right down on the floor and stick my head much lower than when I'm sitting on the sofa. But they do 'lift' the soundstage somewhat, and it definitely sounds more expansive.
Am I wanting too much by expecting more? I am happy considering the price, particularly since I got a bit of a discount from the shop, but if there's the potential for further tweaks to improve things then I'm all ears.
Here's some pertinent info:
Ceiling height: 7.8 ft
Atmos-to-ceiling height: 4ft
Main listening position distance to speakers/screen: 8.3 ft
A4s are crossed over at 200hz, with +4db over the front speakers.
And a couple of photos, showing the positioning, ceiling texture, and the beige blob denoting where my head goes: