I'm guessing you're waiting for Black Friday? Last year the 2080 was $1199 ...Hello Yamaha Aventage owners! I'm thinking of getting the RX-A2080...
I was facing a somewhat similar dilemma. I wanted to at least try and take "some" advantage of Atmos but for me, mounting speakers in the ceiling is out of the question (wife says No Way!)... We just spent a chunk of change having the popcorn ceilings scrapped, skim coated and painted. The other problem is we don't have a wall to the left of our seating area. Also,due to a steeply angled ceiling Dolby Atmos enabled (i.e. angled up to bounce off the ceiling) was out. That left me with trying to front heights angled down. Big difference! So much so I'm looking at adding rear heights angled down.Thank you so much for the response. Unfortunately, my room would not accommodate your suggestions, though I do like it.
I will never be able to have more than two presence channels in my HT space in any configuration (whether i be rear heights or a second pair of ceiling speakers if I do manage to get a first pair of ceiling speakers installed). Would you say that it's better just to have 5.1.0 than to have 5.1.2 with front heights angled down?