Originally Posted by bear123
Can't strongly disagree with you as I've never had my LCR in the ceiling, but its still hard for me to imagine all the sound coming from the ceiling rather than in front of me.
I totally get why it's tough to picture. I just see a ton of different homes a year and work with all sorts of layouts. I can explain....
Where it's perfect is when the TV is above a fireplace, the ceiling is flat and not particularly tall. Think: 8', 9', or 10' feet (10' is pushing it unless the TV is up above a taller mantle position). This can work really really well and better than LCR's in the wall. Why? 2 reasons....
- 1st being that your eyes are looking up, so to hear the sound coming from closer to the screen your brain interprets the sound being closer to on plane with the image and it isn't weird or confusing. This is where a quality LCR in-ceiling speaker with outstanding imaging, positions, & and off axis performance matters. Believe it or not, with an 8' ceiling and really large TV this also works if you are sitting a normal distance away. As you get closer to the TV or the ceiling gets taller and taller then, YES, the speakers will be able to be localized above.
- 2nd reason is that in-wall LCR up above a fireplace will not have as good as off axis performance: No different than going way above or way below a speaker and getting different quality than on axis. Furthermore, AMT & Ribbon drivers would be horrendous in this type of installation due to their poor vertical axis performance (generally speaking).
- Bonus 3rd benefit of in-ceiling LCR in an above fireplace install: Spacing. You can really spread stuff out and, if using a larger speaker in the ceiling, get a much larger sounding system.
Anyway, there are other ways to conquer different types of spaces for "best" performance given installation parameters. It all just depends. I can think of 2 other speaker types that solve problems above fireplaces that in-ceiling LCRs do not. It just depends on the use/goals & budget!
BTW, there is NO conquering WAF. Happy wife = happy life they always say. if the OP needs this type of install then that's what he needs. Sony has some nicer receivers that actually EQ the sound from in-ceiling LCRs DOWN from the ceiling some. It works well! Down side in in-ceiling LCR is that you really cannot do ATMOS with it. There's no 3rd dimension since the front is up high as well.
Hope this helps some!