Originally Posted by Exotics4fun
Anyone try upward firings with their CM series speakers? My AVR supports 5.1.2 so I'm thinking of trying some atmos speakers on my new CM9 S2's. The KEF look like a good pairing but at $1,200 a pair it's an expensive experiment. Anyone try a similar setup and have advice? My concerns are both effectiveness and cosmetic.
Upward firing are better with some things than others. For sound that is generally overhead somewhere--rainfall, jungle sounds, aircraft overhead--it's fine. The sound gets diffused but it doesn't matter so much. The diffusion actually adds to the effect in some cases. For sound that is supposed to come from a specific location overhead, they don't do as well. You get the sense that the sound is up above somewhere, but it's not exactly where it should be. On the plus side, most of the better Atmos effects are in the first category.
I had the cheapo Pioneers at first and they were very OK. I later upgraded to the KEF R50s, which are wonderful, and probably as good as it is going to get with this technology. They go very nicely with my B&W front three, although I can't set them atop my 804's, so they are on stands in front.
For that reason among others, I am looking forward to having a house of my own next year where I can use in-ceiling speakers for Atmos. If wall or ceiling mounting is out for you, the upfiring speakers are worth doing, but if you can mount, do so.
I'm planning on selling my KEF's soon, so if you are interested in the R50s but can't stomach the retail price, PM me. Mine are less than 6 months old and in NM condition.