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Originally Posted by batpig
I think it also goes to show that you can still get good sound with non-ideal speaker placement. If you're screwed by your room and can't have surrounds at ear level, it's not like the world is going to end if you use a pair of in-ceiling speakers for Atmos and then another pair behind you designated as surrounds. It's not by the book but we all deal with our own compromises the best we can.
Also just to be clear I'm not saying you WEREN'T hearing the rear ceiling speakers, just that I bet they were designated as Surround L/R in the receiver speaker config (i.e. 5.1.2) not as rear heights (3.1.4). I do think sound was coming out of all 7 speakers.
I have in ceiling speakers for a 5.2 setup that are currently designated as the surrounds. They are just slightly left and right of the couch, and just slightly behind the couch. I never liked the surround results with this approach. Sounds seem to come unexpectedly from above when they really shouldn't. Even in movies, which shouldn't be overboosted as much by dynamic EQ.
There is no way I can have the WAF go along with normal side surrounds, as one side is wide open to the kitchen. I could probably add additional height positions with in ceiling speakers and pass WAF.
First question. Do you think that (for movies) there would be an overall improvement (considering Atmos/DTS:X blu-rays) by going to a 3.2.2 setup compared to the compromised 5.2 setup?
Second question. The relative benefit of adding back the surround speakers in a slightly farther back ceiling position to create 5.2.2 (given that I didn't like the in ceiling surrounds in 5.2)? Perhaps there are in ceiling speakers that could be spread farther apart and have an angle adjustment?
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