10-02-2019 04:01 PM
So, I finally decided to separate the hifi and a/v setups, meaning I now have 5.1. It’s great, but I want to upgrade to a 5.1.2 Atmos system, as my receiver supports it. I know I can put angled Atmos speakers on the front floor-standing speakers and bounce it off the ceiling, but could I also use angled wall speakers? I rent, so I can’t install ceiling speakers, but I could mount speakers either to the sides or behind me because there are plenty of accessible studs. What would be best? Can I mount speakers high on the walls for Atmos, or would I be better off with bouncing off the ceiling?
10-04-2019 01:21 PM
Thank you so much for sharing a bit more about your system and what you’re looking to move towards. We sincerely appreciate your post. I’d be happy to point you in the correct direction.
Advanced sound systems are bit out of our wheelhouse here as there are so many factors to consider. I’d highly recommend visiting your local Best Buy to chat with an expert. Please bring a photo of your space and a list of your speakers or you can schedule time in your home with one of our In-Home Advisors. You can learn about our In-Home option here.
10-04-2019 03:04 PM
@Mariah-BBY suggests a correct path. If you have a Magnolia Store nearby that would be the optimal place to start.
However, I can aswer your question.
No. Your 5.1.2 will support only 1 set of Atmos Speakers (2)
Your optimal configuration is going to be a total of of 6 speakers
Right and Left Dolby Atmos Enabled Speakers
Left and Right Surround speakers.
All speakers will be mounted on the floor or on stands. My personal opinion is you are better off not attaching them to walls.
What also will be important will be to calculate the correct angles to your primary sitting spot. I call it the sweet sound spot.
As measured from where you sit
Center is 0°
Left and Right Atmos Speakers are 22° to 30° from the Center 0°
Left and Right Surrounds are measured off the Angle you have to the Atmos Speakers at 90° to 110°
If you could mount to the ceiling you would not need to spend the money for Atmos Speakers.
10-04-2019 03:17 PM
I also should add your floor mounted speakers should all be about the height of our ear when sitting in the Sweet Sound Spot
The calculations and positions for optimal Atmos Sound are very precise.
However, chances are better than good that you will neve notice if your off by a few degrees.
Because of my room configuration my fronts are way outside of the suggest angle. I moved them to the correct angle and then back again and I really could not tell much of a difference.
However, my rears are also way to close to me. However, I am able to adjust the output to them to compensate. Now those being in the wrong spot I can notice, they are to loud