Originally Posted by Airjordan7
I'm going to be upgrading from a sound bar in the next couple of months and am wondering what speakers to get for a Dolby Atmos set up. I know an up-firing speaker setup isn't ideal but I don't want to drill into the ceiling (and I want the Atmos experience). I am currently looking at the Elac debut set with 2 pairs of the Atmos speaker add ons, or the Monoprice Monolith 5.1 set up with 2 mini towers and a pair of bookshelf's With the 12" sealed sub. im allotting $500-$600 for a receiver. which of these speaker options is better or are there other options with Atmos enabled speakers that I should look at for around the same price?
Since you're looking for an Atmos experience, take a look at some real world reviews from people who have tested the `up firing' version, angled heights, sealed speakers on the ceiling vs in-ceiling speakers. It's worth putting some research into this. There's a few threads and some YouTube reviews that go over it. My take from seeing other people's experiences, so taken with a grain of salt, is that the up firing ones are the worst and the best are the angled heights and in-ceiling speakers (but only if you go big, like 8 inch woofers). So if you don't want to cut holes into your ceiling (understandable) maybe look at angled or bracket-mounted bookshelves/satellites that can be positioned and angled, such as heights or satellites.
Example: SVS Elevation
For subs, take a look at:
SVS PB-2000 Pro
HSU VTF-3 MK5 HP Dual Drive
(15) x 2
Receiver, take a look at:
(has pre-amp output to add additional stereo amp to power another set of speakers to generate your 2nd pair of Atmos speakers; EDIT: sorry this doesn't work!
) Doh, looks like to do a full on 5.X.4 (4 channel Atmos) it's going to be a $800~$1k minimum (and thats refurb) AVR unless you find a used deal.
From there, you can start looking at speakers. Bookshelf speakers would be fine for this kind of space. Towers are nice, because they're more efficient, but you will not have any trouble `getting loud' with any bookshelves in your space anyways, so it's not worth fussing over. Ideally your center channel would match your mains (L & R). There's good evidence that most horizontal MTM center channel speakers are huge compromises and that a vertical center channel is far better, if you care about off-axis performance. If it's just one seat, ever, then horizontal can work if dead-centered at you. Sattelites for surrounds should be your least concern. The Left, Right and Center do all the work really. So don't worry about getting really great surrounds. I also wouldn't stress really great speakers for Atmos either, depending on how you attempt to implement. I would not however implement via up firing reflection, that seems to get the worst reviews (anecdotal, obviously see what you think).
For deals, take a look at Jamo series (LINK)
. From books to towers, they're attractive, decent, and rather inexpensive for what they are and on sale.