Home Theater Atmos & Surround Speakers
As you look around this room, you can see there are some challenges for the surround and Atmos speakers. With all of the flexibility in this new series, we came up with a great solution.
This room has a glass door right where the side surround would normally go. This creates a similar situation that many customers have where they either have glass or an opening where you would normally place side surrounds. While every room is different, we solved this challenge similar to how we solve it for most customers by putting the side surrounds in the back corners, which is right around the 110-degree angle used in the Dolby spec.
The other challenge in this room that is also very common is having the high pitch vaulted ceiling, which is not ideal for Atmos speakers. The new Motion series has a unique speaker called the MP10 Multi-Purpose Speaker that is ideal for situations like this. This speaker is what we call a solution speaker, meaning that it provides a solution for many of the common room challenges. The speaker has a 20-degree angle which means that it can be placed high on a wall and provide Atmos effects that are coming from the correct height position in the room.
Let's start with the front speakers. Using the Anthem 1140 8K Home Theater Receiver, we are able to choose front on-wall height speakers. This tells the receiver that the speakers are essentially at the top of the front wall. With the 20-degree angle on the speakers and the dispersion pattern of the Folded Motion Tweeter, they play right into the seating area with no frequency roll-off issues. We then placed a matching pair in the rear for our rear height speakers, again selecting Back On-Wall in the Anthem menu. Since we were unable to place speakers to the sides of the seating area, we have an opportunity to enhance the entire immersion of the room by adding another pair of MP10s to the sides of the seating area. Now, we want to select Middle In-Ceiling in the Anthem for these speakers. You might first think that we should be selecting something on the wall. However, the side walls are close enough that these speakers actually sit within the Dolby spec for a pair of in-ceiling atmos speakers as if the room were slightly wider. The cool thing about this setup is that we were able to test all of the speakers in different configurations in the Anthem to actually demonstrate how great an immersion you get in this setup. We have a strong bedlayer of speakers with the front three combined with the height dimension from the other three pairs of MP10s.