I started reading your thread. I am not done but already fascinated. Wasn't sure if I should comment about it here or in your thread but I will just briefly say your challenges make mine seem like small time. My challenge is really just limited to do I point my rear speakers down or face them out. That really is the long and short of it. I can't be moving speakers all around in our situation so that limits what I need to worry about, for good or ill. But your setup and what you went through to optimize it is impressive. If I may ask for a spoiler, did you end up using DAES? I haven't read that far yet but I would not of thought those were even an option for you with your ceilings. Likewise for me, we have stucco ceilings which pretty much made me never even consider DAES since they need to bounce sound and it's hard to bounce sound into sound-absorbent material!
As much as I like experimenting, tomorrow will hopefully -- mostly -- be for a few movies. I don't often get the house to myself where I can crank it to the way I like.
I have the Audyssey EQ App on my iPad which lets me save, edit, and rename multiple configurations and then zap them to my Denon. I will be running Audyssey at least twice tomorrow to make a profile with my speakers all set to Heights, and all of them set to Tops.
Thanks for the link. I'd say our room is on the larger side, especially if you consider the dining area is part of it. (thought my "setup" doesn't spill into there.) I sit about 14 feet from my TV. I wish I could be closer but it is what it is.
I actually have your exact TV and I love the Dolby Access app! Though I'm still annoyed they got rid of the best demo it had, that "Core Universe" one. Ugh! But anyway yeah I do have it. I don't think I have actually watched that surfing video you mentioned though.
Fortunately, I actually have no shortage of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content. In all, I have over 100 movies in those formats. (Mostly Atmos.) I even have a Dolby Atmos and a DTS:X demo disc.
. However, I have only watched most of these movies once since purchasing them so I don't really know all that well which movies have the best Atmos that really stands our for evaluating setups. Setup and evaluation aside, I get the feeling I am going to have a much better experience with all them now that I will have Rear Height speakers.