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Greetings,

Replaced my old sound system with a onkyo htS5800 last week. My room has an angled ceiling cus of ventilation and it is not proper for upfiring. Would it be worth / better to pick speakers from my previous 5.1 system and stick them in the ceiling? Even if the speakers are small (they look like speakers in the attached image) ?

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Greetings,

Replaced my old sound system with a onkyo htS5800 last week. My room has an angled ceiling cus of ventilation and it is not proper for upfiring. Would it be worth / better to pick speakers from my previous 5.1 system and stick them in the ceiling? Even if the speakers are small (they look like speakers in the attached image) ?

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there is usually very little material coming from the ceiling speakers... most movies use them for creating ambiance with subtle (often random) sounds so... pretty much any size speaker will do just fine for ceiling duties.

now, you have also movies like "unbroken" the first 5-10 minutes on the bomber when the ceiling speakers are running hard, but those movies are few and far apart and if you dont listen at very high levels the small speakers should more than be sufficient.

so, i say go for it.
 

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there is usually very little material coming from the ceiling speakers... most movies use them for creating ambiance with subtle (often random) sounds so... pretty much any size speaker will do just fine for ceiling duties.

now, you have also movies like "unbroken" the first 5-10 minutes on the bomber when the ceiling speakers are running hard, but those movies are few and far apart and if you dont listen at very high levels the small speakers should more than be sufficient.

so, i say go for it.
Yea my thought process is : If its better then upfiring speakers with a badly shaped ceiling, ill do it. Thanks for your answer.
 

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Yea my thought process is : If its better then upfiring speakers with a badly shaped ceiling, ill do it. Thanks for your answer.
honestly anything ceiling- mounted is better than upfiring speakers - especially if your ceiling is of irregular shape. slap those puppies up there and enjoy.
 

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Definitely go with anything other than upfiring, I myself haven't used an upfiring Atmos set up, but I did a lot of research before I set up my first Atmos system and pretty much everyone that has done the upfiring were amazed with the difference when changing to an actual down-firing speaker. I however can speak from experience of going to 5.2.4 instead of 5.2.2. I disagree with the comments about the height channels not playing a bigger role. When I had my 5.2.2, I would've agreed with those comments, but I made tbe jump to 5.2.4 and it seems to unlock a whole new realm of content. Any movies with helicopters flying overhead or movies with big city scenes, pretty much any action movie will give my 4 height channels a work out. It's the only using 2 heights where I'll say any Atmos movie is disappointing. So that's my advice to anyone ready to make the jump to an Atmos/DTS-X system, don't waste your time with 5.1.2, go right for the 5.1.4 set up.
 

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With Atmos, more speakers is more better. ;)

5.1.2 is not bad
5.1.4 is pretty awesome
7.1.4 is awesome, but not nearly as big a step up over 5.1.4 as 5.1.4 is to 5.1.2 setup.

I run a 7.2.4 and it's quite adequate.

I run small bookshelf speakers for my ceiling speakers. Get them mounted at the right angle, and setup is rather forgiving even in challenging rooms. FWIW, I've got low 7' ceilings in my dedicated room, so I went with some small Def Tech ProMonitor 800 mounted on the ceiling and aimed at the listening position. Works great.
 
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