Originally Posted by usc1995
If you are unable to install your 7.1 speakers at ear height due to WAF or not wanting to place a speaker in front of your sliding glass door then you will not get the benefit of Atmos in your room. Atmos is designed to provide you with a 3D sound bubble by placing sound around you and above you. You will not get this effect by placing all of your speakers in the height plane. I am a huge fan of Atmos but I wouldn’t bother in this situation unless you can negotiate with your wife. Maybe start with something sparkly and expensive? That is what my wife would require...
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I can attest to this as my 4 surround speakers were at ceiling level (height on wall). My new Yamaha AVR supports Dobly Atmos so I switched 2 of them (tried both Back and Side) as my Atmos height speakers and I can tell NO difference with 5.1.2 playback with Atmos content and regular 7.1. In my case I am stuck with this as I cannot lower rear surrounds to ear level because of living room configuration (sofa on rear wall with large door openings on each side). My suggestion is not to invest heavily into Atmos unless you have room set-up to support it.
TV: Samsung UN65JU7100
AVR: Yamaha RX-V683
Sony UBP-700 UHD, Apple 4kTV, Direct TV
5.1.2 Speakers: Front - Polk RM30, Center - Polk Csi5, Surround and Height (4) - Polk OWM3, Sub - Martin Logan Abyss