I am looking at the possibility of going to a 5.1.4 setup. We currently stream most of our content through basic subscriptions of Netflix, Prime, HBO, Disney+, and Hulu. We don't rent movies, and I have only about a dozen Blu-Ray movies. I know that Disney+ has a lot of Atmos content, but will my receiver simulate Atmos from source material kind of like how Pro-Logic IIz used to simulate surround sound?
We don't own the home, and I don't want to hang any speakers, so I need to look at the upward firing capabilities KEF's Atmos options.
My room (drawing below) is 14.5' x 17.5' x 8' with a 4.5' x 6.5' opening near the front left of the room that leads to the kitchen and dining room. The ceiling is smooth. My front speakers are 12" from the wall and 10' from the MLP. They are ever-so-slightly toed-in. My rear speakers are 6' from the MLP, and the center of the speaker is 13" from the rear wall. Each speaker's center is aimed just a tad behind the ear at MLP. The MLP is about 20" from the rear wall.
I would like to spend as little as possible, so I was looking at the Q8s (black matte) all around. However, my front R-700s are black gloss, and I'm not sure the finishes will blend well together. I'm going to put my Q150s on top to see, but they are so much bigger, I'm not sure it would really give me the comparison I need. Is there anyone on this forum who has the black matte Q8s on their black gloss R-series loudspeaker that like how they look good together?
If the above is not an option, I am hesitant to go with the now discounted (when available) R50 because they cannot be wall mounted. Even though the Uni-Qs are the same color, and we don't plan on moving in the next few years, I don't want to make this investment knowing they might not
work in our next place. However, I think it would take vaulted, cathedral, or 10'+ ceilings to make this an issue. Am I correct on this?
Accessories4Less has a pair of Canton Atmos in black gloss for only $499. They are also aluminum (tweeter is aluminum-manganese), so I think they might blend-in more closely with the KEF's aluminum UniQ. However, the Canton is crossed over at 3kHz vs. the Q8's 2.5kHz. It's a beautiful speaker, and it also has wall-mounting capabilities if ever needed.
If I were to only get one pair (5.1.2), it seems that the recommended place is for the Atmos speakers to be put up on the fronts. Is there anyone that utilized the rear Atmos channels over the front?
- Will my receiver simulate Atmos from basic subscriptions of the streaming services I listed above enough to justify the upgrade?
- Do my room dimensions and speaker/seating locations along with ARC seem ideal for the upward firing modules?
- Will the black matte speaker look good on top of a black gloss speaker?
- Should I be concerned about getting the R50 knowing it doesn't have wall/ceiling mounting options?
- Would the Canton Chronos be a good sound match for the KEF Q8?
- Would it be a good start to just invest right now in front Atmos speakers if I don't feel like spending the extra $499 ($420 on A4L) for the Q8s right now?
I appreciate your help!