Originally Posted by dfa973
Start with the natural assigning to Rear Heights and redo the calibration.
Then test the Top Rear (redoing the calibration, of course) and see how do you like it. Also, test with the front heights as Top Front instead of Front Heights.
Good afternoon. I appreciate the reply, thank you. I will admit though, I am surprised by your answer. I got my speakers hung last night and they are like 90% pointing straight down towards my MLP. I thought putting them as Tops was a no-brainer and the only aspect I wasn't sure of was if I am better off with them as Top Middle or Top Rear.
It's funny you even suggested changing my front heights to front tops as that is something I have long meant to do, but have never gotten around to it. I even have the Audyssey app which makes it easy for me to have different configurations. I just ultimately decided that it seems best to indicate what the speakers actually are in my AVR as accurately as possible so if they are front heights, I should put them as such.
What could I gain if I was to change them to front tops? What could I lose? Does anyone else here set their Atmos speakers differently in their AVR to what they actually are in reality? (i.e. Putting what are actually front heights as top heights or whatever?)
While I am here, I want to vent a little, get some thoughts out and maybe -- hopefully -- get some advice. As I mentioned, I hung my rear height speakers last night and instead of being excited, I was underwhelmed. Not by the performance, but how they look. For lack of a better word, they look ridiculous hanging on the wall. Now don't get me wrong, I was beyond excited do this and thrilled my wife OK'ed it. I haven't even talked to her since I finished hanging them last night so I don't even know her opinion, but if I think they look bad, I can only imagine what she thinks.
Quick aside: I was never planning to have any kind of rear height speakers in our current home. We have 2 young children and once they are a bit older and done with daycare in about 3 years (thus gaining a lot of extra income) we are going to move into a bigger place with at minimum 3 bedrooms so the kids have their own rooms. (Current place is a 2 bedroom townhouse.) Once we move, I will be able to plan our home theater from the beginning and go all out like I want, weather we end up with a dedicated space or just the living room, I'd be able to do more, put cables in walls, install ceiling speakers, all that. What we have now is suppose to be somewhat reasonable to "Hold me over." But I've gone a bit crazy with it and my wife has been super patient and accommodating.
I've said all that to say this: I woke up this morning thinking that I kind of want to just flush mount my rear height speakers using the normal mounts they come with. Mounting them high on the wall normally, in other words.
***I'd like to ask, would that work? I know it's not ideal but as long as it doesn't sound BAD, and actually adds to my system, that is what I want. I don't really hear height effects from my front heights as much as I would like. I think that is due to how far I am from my front sound stage more than anything. But it's really hard for me to pick up height effects from the front unless the sound to them is very discreet (and not much is coming from my LCR at the time) I would think, and hope, I would hear rear effects above me from the back speakers better, even if they are pointed out and not down at me.
Does anyone here have height effect speakers they point out instead of down? If so, how do you like it?
It's a compromise but I think it could work. My whole setup has always been a compromise anyway. Of course i care about them sounding good and I usually don't care about how speakers look hanging on a wall....but for some reason this time it's bugging me.
Thanks for reading!