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Old 07-02-17, 10:35 PM   #1
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Anyone using up-firing speakers for Atmos?

Just wondering if anyone else is using these kinds of speakers rather than ceiling-installed or higher-up ones. I got a set of these and they don't seem to work the way they're supposed to; they definitely aren't making the sound seem like it's coming from the ceiling. Would be interested to hear other experiences with these.
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Re: Anyone using up-firing speakers for Atmos?

I'm curious too, i've been eyeing the Onkyo set since they're not too expensive and feel like they would work well in my smaller apartment. I'm pretty close to pulling the trigger in the next few days, although I only have a few Atmos enabled Blu-rays (John Wick, Batman V Superman, Mad Max, Warcraft).

Which speakers do you have?
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Old 07-06-17, 07:48 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone using up-firing speakers for Atmos?

I got the Pioneers, two speakers for $200. They definitely don't do what they're supposed to when sitting on top of my regular speakers, I can play around with their placement a bit but my apartment doesn't give me space for too many other options. I still keep hoping to move out of here soon and then I'll set everything up from scratch, but they advertised these like they're the definite solution for those who can't put in ceiling speakers.
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Re: Anyone using up-firing speakers for Atmos?

Cool, I just bought the Onkyo speakers and they'll be here Saturday, so i'll see how they do for me. The reviews are really good for the Pioneer speakers on Amazon. Did you do any other recalibration on your receiver? And what movies have you tested with?
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Re: Anyone using up-firing speakers for Atmos?

The Onkyo SKH-410's arrived today and I set them up and re-ran the Audyssey EQ on my Onkyo TX-NR656 receiver.

My main Blu-ray player is an Xbox One that got Atmos support earlier this year, and their Dolby Atmos app has a few demos. I'm not exactly wow'd either, there's some extra depth but not as much as the overhead effects that I hoped would work. Gave Mad Max: Fury Road a go and kind of the same thing. I need to give John Wick a whirl.
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Re: Anyone using up-firing speakers for Atmos?

I have one of the Atmos demo discs and watched that, haven't had time to watch a whole movie with it yet. I watched the Independence Day sequel (in 3D, of course) a few days ago which was mixed in Atmos but the disc didn't include it- my receiver is supposed to fake the Atmos channels though on tracks that don't have it.

I can't calibrate my receiver yet because the setup mic they sent with it didn't work, they're sending me another one. I've got it tuned pretty well by ear but we'll see if that can do anything for the Atmos speakers. Either my ceiling's made of the wrong material or I don't have the speakers up high enough, but they definitely don't sound like they're coming from overhead. I could possibly at least mount them higher on the wall above the TV but then I'd be afraid of them crashing down and wrecking it. Yet another thing to consider when picking my next residence...
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