Originally Posted by mdcubsfan
Thanks so much for this post. Really helps me as I'm looking for possible Atmos speakers....right now in my movie room I have 5.1 setup with Denon 2400 and Klipsch speakers
RF-82 tower speakers
RS-52 surround speakers
RC-62 center speaker
I'm just looking into Dolby Atmos and had a few questions - it's not available on all movies but just some correct?
Do the speakers have to specifically be "dolby atmos" speakers - some of the in ceiling ones you linked didn't seem to have that specification...
With the in ceiling option I could go 2 or 4 atmos speakers? But an easier install would be the kinds of speakers that just sit on top of my current front speakers (like some of the klipsch SA?)
And final question, with my above speaker set up, is there a price level or quality level of speakers I should aim to get to match - and with this setup would I notice a significant difference in my movie watching?
Thanks so much in advance!
Hey there, if you see my signature, my setup is very very close to yours. A few things:
Dolby ATMOS refers more to the technology that implements "above you" channels rather than the speakers themselves. Therefore, there are no "ATMOS" speakers when it comes to in ceilings, other than certain speakers that have met some Dolby standards and stamped the logo in the box.
An exception, however, are the upfiring modules like the RP140SA. These are designed to bounce the sound down through some audio engineering voodoo, so they are definitely certified and set to a dolby standard. But like I said, for what I have seen for all my research, the most important thing about the in ceilings is that they are all the same so that they are timbre matched. You do not have to worry about finding an ATMOS label on them.
Other factors like dispersion and the height of your ceiling need to be factored in your choice of in ceiling vs upfiring modules.
From my research, since I am in a similar boat as you, if you have a ceiling that is sound absorbent, that is, coffered, textured, uneven, etc, upfiring modules will be less than ideal or wont work very well at all. If you have a flat, smooth, textureless ceiling, then the upfiring modules are a fantastic choice.
In my case, I bought the upfiring modules not knowing all of the above at the time. My ceiling is coffered, so it was absorbing the sound instead of bouncing it back, which lead me down the rabbit hole that is the research I have been doing the past few days. The RP140SA in particular were also designed to be utilized as regular speakers and mounted as front or rear heights. When you set them up that way, the engineering upfiring voodoo is skipped by your receiver, as long as you set them up correctly.
You can have as many in ceiling ATMOS speakers as your AVR can support. In my case, i have a 9.2 channel AVR, which means I can do either 7.1.2 or 5.1.4. I currently have a 7.1.2 configuration, but I am upgrading to a 5.1.4, because by most accounts, having 4 ATMOS channels with 5 surround is a lot better sounding than having 2 ATMOS channels with 7 surround, because the back surrounds in a 7.1 system hardly ever get any content, where as the ATMOS channels get a lot more content.
To answer the movie question, yes only certain movies have an ATMOS track,just like only certain movies have 5.1 or a 7.1 track. Most do nowadays, but if you watch a lot of international stuff like I do you will come across your fair share of 2.0 tracks