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Long time lurker. My old 2nd hand NAD T-753 5.1 receiver died A gruesome capacitor leaking death. It was a 60 lb beast that sounded better the more you pushed it.

Small viewing area in a big room, sort of. N to S from TV to back wall is 15' E to W is 17.5' with the last 7.5' of the N wall open into the front room and the entire W 15' open to the dining/kitchen area. The Divider/TV wall reaches up 8' with 9' ceilings.

Currently 5.1 speaker set up, unknown but likely high end previous owner installed center and 4 celling speakers, PSB Sub.

Mostly sports and occasional movies.

Was thinking of going with a 5.2.4 setup. Is this overkill for such a small viewing/listening area?

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Matt
 

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Given the in-ceiling speakers are already in place, might it be a good idea to transition them to height channel use and upgrade your mains, placing them at a level more congruent to an ATMOS arrangement, to begin with (either towers, bookshelf speakers on stands, or at least in-wall)?
 
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Was thinking of going with a 5.2.4 setup. Is this overkill for such a small viewing/listening area?
Room size doesn't matter. IF you can hear the difference between sounds around you vs sounds above you, then you're a good candidate for Atmos. Re-purpose the 4 in-ceiling speakers as heights. Get some speakers that sound similar to your current centre speaker and place/mount them around ear height as your L/R fronts and L/R surrounds.
 
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