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Location: California's Redwood Coast
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We've had a 7.2 system for a number of years. Frankly, the rear surrounds have been "underwhelming". In the first home I set up 7.2 in I was very surprised that the vast majority of surround sound was coming from the side surrounds. When we bought a new home, I set up 7.2 again, but in a smaller room. Again, most of the sound was coming from the side surrounds. That's why I decided to go with a Yamaha RX-A2070 when I upgraded my AVR from an older Onkyo. After testing Atmos with a pair of speakers mounted high on the side walls, slightly behind the MLP, the "envelopment" that I always felt lacking from my 7.2 came alive. The down-side is finding the best location for the speakers that will carry the Atmos information. I decided against cutting more holes in the walls/ceiling (my conventional surrounds are in-wall) and have ordered a pair of SVS Prime Elevations which I intend to mount on the ceiling, angled towards the MLP. Since initially I'm going with a single pair to handle the Atmos effect, SVS recommended that I place them directly above the side surrounds, mounted on the ceiling or high on the side walls. If I decide to go with a 2nd pair of Prime Elevations I'll move the initial pair and position them in front of the MLP and the 2nd pair behind the MLP. Since my AVR will only do 7.2.2 or 5.2.4, the question remains: what to do with the rear-surrounds? Since my rear surrounds are mounted more than half way up the rear wall, I'm going to experiment by switching to a 5.2.4 configuration with the existing in-wall rear surrounds becoming a 2nd set of Atmos speakers. This is obviously not the way Dolby wants this, but it's at least worth experimenting with. It's easy to switch back to 7.2.2 by simply moving speaker jacks on the AVR. I'll post further once I have the Prime Elevations installed. Oh, and I carefully checked the phase on the original rear surrounds. It is spot on. In a world of compromises, this approach seems worth trying. Any thoughts or observations any of you have will be welcomed.
Good Viewing,John G JVC DLA-X790 Projector, Vutec 110" (16x9) Bright White Screen, Oppo UDP-203 region free MOD disc player, Zappiti Mini4K HDR, Synology DS418 NAS, Yamaha RX-A2070 AVR, Toshiba 1250 NTSC-PAL Region Free BR Player, 7 Paradigm Reference spkrs w Dual Subs, & Yamaha 6600 External Amp