Originally Posted by paulmenezes
Was hoping for help...
House is currently is construction phase. Opted to have ceiling speakers wired in. Regretted this but it was too late by time ..
Purchased 4 ts80i in ceiling speakers
1 csia6 center channel
Debating on picking up onkyo 636 receiver. .will add sub later
I'm looking for something a little less expensive to add to the setup. I was content going solely with the 4 ceiling/center/subwoofer, but now I'm curious about this dolby atmos sound.
Are there any satellite speakers I could add ?
I'm way over budget as is. Thanks in advance.
First off, you say you already have four "TS80i" in-ceiling speakers; I will assume you meant to write TC80i
as I have never heard of the former.
Secondly, your five listener-level speakers should ideally be placed at about ear height for the main listening position (MLP). This is even more important if you want to utilize Dolby Atmos immersive audio, which aims to create a three-dimensional hemispherical bubble of sound around the MLP. In order to achieve this effect you will want to install your speakers so as to achieve maximum vertical separate between the listener- and top-level speakers.
Thirdly, Dolby Atmos has prescribed placement ranges for the top-level speakers. Are your in-ceilings already installed and, if so, do they fall within the recommended elevation angle ranges (see the illustration below)?
Fourthly, the Onkyo TX-NR636 only supports a maximum Atmos configuration of 5.1.2 (5 = listener-level speakers [LCR + SL/R], 1 = LFE channel, and 2= one pair of overhead speakers). This means that you would have to choose to use either the front TC80i pair or the back pair as the elevation speakers; the other pair would be unavailable unless you can move up to a more capable AVR (e.g., Denon AVR-X4100W
). (N.B.: Although the X4100W refurb for $800 I linked to at A4L is heavily discounted and a great bargain, you would be foregoing the HDCP 2.2 capability of the NR636, if that is important to you; however, if you will only have one 4K video source (e.g., BDP), you can always connect it via digital optical (Toslink) to the AVR for audio and use a separate HDMI video connection between the source and the display.
It appears that budget is a primary concern for you, but here is my suggestion for maximizing your investment:
1) Plan to use the TC80i's as elevation speakers for Atmos. If you can't swing $800 for a refurbished X4100W from A4L, then use one speaker pair now (i.e., either front height [FH] or top middle [TM]) and eventually, when you're ready to upgrade your AVR, you will already have the second pair ready to go. HOWEVER, make sure that your MLP is correctly located within tolerance for the pertinent Atmos speaker elevation angle.
2) Pair your CSiA6 center (good choice, BTW) with something like the Polk Audio RTi6
for your mains (currently a steal at $200/pair refurbished) and RTi4
as SL/R (also currently $200/pair new). You could save a little by substituting the extremely versatile OWM5
($170/pair) or even OWM3
($100/pair) at surround duty.
I think this would be a decent bang for your buck and give you a suitable HT experience until you're ready to invest some more serious money in your equipment.
Oh, and don't cheap out on the SW!