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Back height speakers in a 5.1.2 system

Has anyone mounted 2 Atmos speakers only in the back (somewhere above the rear surround speakers)? I know this is not optimal, but will it work? It will surely not sound as good as 4 ceiling mounted speakers. Will placing the speakers in the back give you at least some Atmos atmosphere?
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No one has mounted Atmos speakers in the back of the room...ever?

Just to clarify, the back speakers are at ear level when I'm sitting on the couch...and the Atmos speakers would go at the very top close to the ceiling.
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No one has mounted Atmos speakers in the back of the room...ever?



Just to clarify, the back speakers are at ear level when I'm sitting on the couch...and the Atmos speakers would go at the very top close to the ceiling.
I'm in the same boat. Any input would be appreciated!

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How far back is the rear wall from the seating? What is the distance from ears to ceiling? At the end of the day, it can be done but you may get better results running as side heights or top middle with a .2 Amos setup.
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How far back is the rear wall from the seating? What is the distance from ears to ceiling? At the end of the day, it can be done but you may get better results running as side heights or top middle with a .2 Amos setup.
I might get better results keeping the girlfriend happy...if you know what I mean.

If you don't know what I mean...consider yourself lucky.
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I'm in the same boat. Any input would be appreciated!

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It works okay. Yes, I do get the impression that sound is coming from the top. I also get the impression that if I could mount the Atmos speakers where I really wanted to (up front or in the middle of the room) things would sound even better. The current configuration is acceptable. I had to angle the speakers upward, kinda sorta making the them reflecting Atmos speakers, if you will. Most of the stuff I watch is in 5.1, so meh. When I do watch something in Atmos that is mastered correctly, I'm glad I put those speakers up there.

Let me know if you have any questions.
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It works okay. Yes, I do get the impression that sound is coming from the top. I also get the impression that if I could mount the Atmos speakers where I really wanted to (up front or in the middle of the room) things would sound even better. The current configuration is acceptable. I had to angle the speakers upward, kinda sorta making the them reflecting Atmos speakers, if you will. Most of the stuff I watch is in 5.1, so meh. When I do watch something in Atmos that is mastered correctly, I'm glad I put those speakers up there.



Let me know if you have any questions.
So instead of the top speakers pointing down, you have the two top rear speakers pointing up at the ceiling to have them reflect off the ceiling and back down?

Just curious, Why not just have them pointing down?

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So instead of the top speakers pointing down, you have the two top rear speakers pointing up at the ceiling to have them reflect off the ceiling and back down?

Just curious, Why not just have them pointing down?
They are not completely pointing up. They are at around 15 to 20 degrees pointing up. I had them pointing down directly at me, but I started to experiment one day I was bored and I found that the effects sounded better this way.
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This is the exact situation I am in I could have inverted a pair of svs elevations on to the ceiling angles back down towards front of couch, but in the end I went with a look that I felt would please the wife a little bit more as well as still would give me some performance. At 1st I only had some front channel up firings and was very displeased with the overall Atmos effec, but when I added these rear height channels using the Klipsch 500sa on surround mode, It really made the upper audio level come alive. I am about 4 feet away (home theatre chair is my listening position) from the atmos speakers, and my SB and Surrounds are ear level.

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How do you have the atmos speakers configured in the AVR? I’m guessing top rear? If you like how it sounds and you feel like it is providing a good atmos experience, then I would pat myself on the back and sit back to enjoy some atmos goodness!
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How do you have the atmos speakers configured in the AVR? I’m guessing top rear?
Top Middle on a Denon.


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If you like how it sounds and you feel like it is providing a good atmos experience, then I would pat myself on the back and sit back to enjoy some atmos goodness!
It's sounds fine. I know it could sound better, but the girlfriend is a limiting factor (both on speaker placement and the type of speakers I am able to use). I guess this is a perfect example of a first world problem.

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