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Old 01-10-2019, 02:57 AM   #1
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Hi all, I just purchased all new Klipsch speakers for my 5.1.4 setup. I am currently running 2 atmos front and 2 rear enabled speakers that used the reflection off the ceiling method. My new Klipsch atmos speakers (r-41-sa) can be used both as atmos enabled and atmos height speakers. I cannot do overhead speakers so these two forms are my only option. My question is, which method would be my best option? My ceiling height is about 8.0’. The atmos enabled speakers I have now often create an overhead effect, but doesn’t wow me. I was thinking that maybe the speakers used height speakers would create a better experience. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated as I have been unable to really find a good comparison between the two methods.

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Generally ceiling speakers creates a more atmospheric overhead effect for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X than the upfiring speakers, but since you're unable to mount ceiling speakers, I would use the R-14 SA as height speakers.
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I have a 5.1.2 setup with Atmos Enabled.

I find this way you tend not to notice discrete overheads most of the time but you do get a much wider sense of scope and sounds floating around you in a bubble rather than coming from set speakers.

I have wondered if .4 Atmos as up-firing would be too muddied unless setup was meticulous and the room acoustics perfect. I can imagine you could get cases where in the seating position the back would be bounced in front of you. I had this sort of experience with 7.1, where the rears were all muddied as I didn't have the space for optimum positioning and find 5.1(.2) gives a much smoother rear soundscape in my room.

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The height speakers in my 5.1.2 set-up are fixed to the top of the back wall, angled just right to change the direction of the sound for a convincing Atmos effect - it's another way of doing it without knocking chunks out of a perfectly good ceiling.

It also allows for more flexibility when timbre-matching speakers, and surely must be a better option than being reliant on Atmos enabled ones.
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The height speakers in my 5.1.2 set-up are fixed to the top of the back wall, angled just right to change the direction of the sound for a convincing Atmos effect - it's another way of doing it without knocking chunks out of a perfectly good ceiling.

It also allows for more flexibility when timbre-matching speakers, and surely must be a better option than being reliant on Atmos enabled ones.
Got a photo of your Atmos setup? I'm curious to see how your wiring is routed. I'm moving into a new house in a week and brainstorming what I can do.
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