So I'm just days away from speaker wire and speakers being installed in my new house. I've got a little bit of a dilemma though. I bought six of these speakers, MartinLogan EM-R's: http://www.martinlogan.com/architect...otion/em-r.php
Tested them yesterday and man, I knew in-ceilings weren't going to sound great but they were worse than I expected. They just sounded muffled and tiny. I guess I've never critically listened to in-ceilings before. I'm debating now whether I should just return these and install bookshelves and brackets. These are the ones I'm thinking of, MartinLogan Motion 15's: http://www.martinlogan.com/motionSer.../bookshelf.php
They would actually be cheaper than the in-ceilings. The only issue is of course they will stick out more on my living room ceiling compared to in-ceilings. But do you guys think I'm overreacting, and you don't need great speakers for overheard sounds? I just fear the in-ceilings will muddy up the clear sounds I'm getting from the electrostats. Originally I thought Atmos was just for ambient noise and overheard sounds, but the more I read it sounds like tracks will use multiple speakers to place sounds on an x,y,z which to me seems like higher quality, better sounding speakers should be used all around.
The other issue I have is I was going to go 7.1.4. I would need to place the rear surrounds on/in the ceiling though because the kitchen is in back of me. Do you think this is bad to have rear surround speakers on the same plane as the Atmos speakers? They would only be about 3 feet behind the top rear Atmos speakers. Would this mess up the 3D x,y,z placement of sounds because Atmos and the receiver would expect sounds to come from ear level from the rear surrounds? Or would Atmos/Audessey be able to figure out and "know" where the speakers are and still create 3D sound? Should I just go to 5.1.4 instead? Which do you think would sound better?
Samsung 85" 4K, Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 with MartinLogan Theos, Stage, Motion 15, EM-R, Seaton Submersive F2, Denon AVR-X5200W