Proper Dolby Atmos Speaker Placement
Now that you know the tools involved, here’s how to set up your Dolby Atmos experience at home.
Dolby Atmos starts with the same basic setup as your traditional surround sound system. You’re simply adding at least two overhead/elevation speakers. This configuration will become a 5.1.2 system if you have a standard surround sound setup. These speakers can either be Atmos modules that sit on top of your existing left and right channel speakers, like the R-41SA. They can also be special left and right speakers that include both standard front-firing and top-firing drivers, such as the R-625FA. Alternatively, you can install a pair of in-ceiling speakers that fire downward and use your existing normal left and right speakers. The CDT-5650-C II and CDT-5800-C II in-ceiling speakers are two particularly great speakers for Dolby Atmos because of their Controlled Dispersion Technology® because you can control the direction of the sound to the listener.
Between the Dolby Atmos in-ceiling speakers and elevation speakers, Klipsch has many speaker options for you to enjoy Dolby Atmos, even if you don’t have a dedicated, sound-treated theater room. If you’re looking to use the integrated or elevation speakers, a horizontal ceiling made from an acoustically reflective material, such as drywall or plaster, is an ideal setup. If you have a two-story or vaulted/cathedral ceilings, you can still enjoy the same amazing Dolby Atmos experience. If you have a non-reflective ceiling, you must install in-ceiling speakers.
Watching Dolby Atmos Movies at Home
Getting Dolby Atmos equipment is only half the battle. A pure Dolby Atmos experience is only possible when the source material is encoded in Dolby Atmos technology. If you’re looking at a Blu-Ray, it should be clearly labeled with the Dolby Atmos logo on the disc packaging. With a pure Dolby Atmos mix, you hear sound precisely as the sound designer intended it. Check out our picks for the best-sounding movies to introduce you to Dolby Atmos.
What happens if you watch movies without Dolby Atmos? The Dolby Atmos software in compatible A/V receivers and processors will up-mix non-Atmos material to utilize the elevation channels in your Atmos system. Of course, this function can be turned off at any time if you’d prefer a more traditional listening experience.
But, who would want something like that?
Date: Feb 11, 2020