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5.1.2 Speaker Height Placement

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by JeffVW, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. JeffVW

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    Jan 31, 2019
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    I am installing a 5.1.2 Atmos system in my home theater. The builder installed speaker wire outlets at a height of 6' on the wall for the front speakers, and at the 8.5' ceiling height for the surrounds (middle and rear). I am installing in-ceiling speakers for the Atmos set using the middle surround speaker wire outlets.

    I understand that Dolby specifies that the front speakers be placed at listener height (~3.9 ft), and the rear surrounds at no higher than 1.25x the front speakers. However, could I still acheive ideal Atmos performance if I mounted my front bookshelf speakers at that 6' height on the wall, and then angled them inward and downward (not parallel with the floor) so that they were pointing at the listener position? Similarly, could I maintain ideal Atmos performance and install the rear surrounds to the 8.5' ceiling (Polk S10's with a mount) and likewise point them inward and downward (neither parallel nor perpendicular to the floor) so that they were pointing at the listener position?

    If neither of these placements are ideal, to what degree would I lose the Atmos effect?

    Thank you in advance,

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