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yusufptl:
Would you rather have the upward firing speakers on the front or the rears?

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KenMasters:
The front, definitely.

yusufptl:

--- Quote from: KenMasters on May 01, 2021, 07:37:28 AM ---The front, definitely.

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Currently have it that way. My room is 5x 3m and it currently laid out length wise with the screen on the short wall. Seating is really uncomfortable and I will be changing it to rather have the screen on the long wall.

When I do this I will most likely run audio cabling behind skirtings etc I might as well run extra cabling for the rears or ceiling  at the same time

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Drifter:
It depends how far your seating position is from the speakers.

If your couch is right up against the rear wall with the surround basically behind you, having upward firing speakers on to of these surrounds will be meaningless.
However if sit closer to the fronts than to the surrounds (due to room layout) it may be better to have the Atmos up-firing speakers on top of the surrounds.

Is their no way you can install in-ceiling speakers for Atmos? They are definitely much better that the pseudo Atmos effect created by attempting to bounce sound off the ceiling.

KenMasters:

--- Quote from: Drifter on May 01, 2021, 02:25:17 PM ---It depends how far your seating position is from the speakers.

If your couch is right up against the rear wall with the surround basically behind you, having upward firing speakers on to of these surrounds will be meaningless.
However if sit closer to the fronts than to the surrounds (due to room layout) it may be better to have the Atmos up-firing speakers on top of the surrounds.
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Why? It seems to me, most of the important overhead effects come from the front, especially those dialogue driven e.g. the scene in the Breaking Bad movie where the guy talks from the top of the pit or in Stand By Me where the kids are hiding in the crawlspace and you hear the older kids above them.


--- Quote from: Drifter on May 01, 2021, 02:25:17 PM ---Is their no way you can install in-ceiling speakers for Atmos? They are definitely much better that the pseudo Atmos effect created by attempting to bounce sound off the ceiling.
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I agree that most of the time in-ceiling is better, but if you have particularly low ceilings, in-ceiling Atmos speakers can be a bit too directional. Enabled speakers can provide a more enveloping diffuse effect in the right situation.

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