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Sorry, but that's not the way Atmos and object based audio works.
With object based audio, you tell the receiver your speakers locations and as long as it's a configuration that the receivers software understands, the algorithm will use multiple speakers at the same time to place the sound where it should be, anywhere within the 360° bubble around you, not just where there's a speaker.
By using a Height Speaker instead of an in-ceiling speaker, or by aiming an in-ceiling speaker at you instead of straight down, as long as those speakers are close to the specified locations, the only thing you're actually giving up is the accuracy of the sound placement, that's all.
And while 4 overheads is better than 2, the real reason for this is, that the additional speakers simply help to give you more accurate movement above you, they simply help fill the gaps, this is why commercial Atmos uses more speakers in the configuration, less or smaller gaps, more accurate sound positioning. Esp when dealing with sounds that should be placed between the ear level layer and overhead layer.
So in essence, Side Heights, simply even out the spacing between the Fronts and Rears, making all the "overhead" sound more accurate, where having Front Heights helps the accuracy of the forward overhead sounds, while lessening the accuracy of the rearward overhead sound.
Outs basically a trade off that an individual has to decide on.
Last edited by ALtlOff; 11-27-2017 at 08:44 PM.