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If you are going to mix speaker brands, which is not recommended if possible, I would not mix the types of tweeters in the speakers. You have an aluminum dome tweeter in your speakers I believe and Klipsch uses horn loaded tweeters. There is a pretty big difference between the two.
Thanks for the feedback. You make a very good point.
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https://www.dolby.com/us/en/techn...elines.pdf [dolby.com]

Overhead speakers with a wide dispersion pattern are desirable for use in a Dolby Atmos system. This will ensure the closest replication of the cinematic environment, where overhead speakers are placed high above the listeners.
They are talking about overhead speakers here, not rear surrounds. Overhead are the ones you place in the ceiling, not these. Those these could be used for rear height speakers, I suppose, but those still aren't overhead speakers.
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Overhead speakers with a wide dispersion pattern are desirable for use in a Dolby Atmos system. This will ensure the closest replication of the cinematic environment, where overhead speakers are placed high above the listeners.
Well I would add and point out that these are described as rear surrounds and that article talks about Atmos speakers as "overhead" speakers.
I would guess that if you wanted to you could mount these as Atmos( overhead) but not sure they are designed that way.
Reading the description of these, to me they sound more in line with di/bi pole speakers which Dolby does not recommend for object based playback.
I have personally heard a Atmos set up with these type of speakers as surrounds, for me as the sound moves from direct to this style speakers it counteracts on the "immersion"of sound and just detracts on the intended purpose.
I will add that the set up I mentioned does not follow Dolby's Reference recommendation and all speakers are not full reference speakers.
I will conclude that this is all subjective and the friend with the set up loves the way it sounds.
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Yes the sound is more direction accurate with Atmos, but there is still a lot of background noise, crowd noise, rain, etc. The advantage here is, these have one mid-range pointing straight ahead, with the horns angled outward. Different from the bi and dipole speakers
Good info. The rain (of course) I pick up from the overhead in ceiling.

So, which would be preferable for rear surround, then, a bookshelf or these? My placement is a good 12 ft back or so.

For my particular situation these would actually work out better fit wise, so if they would be as good as or better than bookshelf I may want to pick them up. I was concerned about them being wide dispersion. I would think direction would come from horns, so being wide and far back I would be missing the direction from them.
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I am planning on purchasing klipsch atmos speakers but I want to use these speakers for back of the room to finish up 7.1. Any thoughts and advice on the set up and these speakers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I'm guessing when you say "klipsch atmos" speakers you mean "enabled" ones? If so I would recommend concentrating on building up a good 7.1 set up.
If you plan to do Atmos you can always do that later.
If and when you do I would recommend trying to follow their reference recommendations.
If you can't a good 7.1 would work just as well if not better than an "enabled" set up IMO.
If you do want to use these in a 7.1, depending on your layout I would use these as side surrounds.
As people mentioned on here these type of speakers are not recommended for Object based soundtracks.
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Good info. The rain (of course) I pick up from the overhead in ceiling.

So, which would be preferable for rear surround, then, a bookshelf or these? My placement is a good 12 ft back or so.

For my particular situation these would actually work out better fit wise, so if they would be as good as or better than bookshelf I may want to pick them up. I was concerned about them being wide dispersion. I would think direction would come from horns, so being wide and far back I would be missing the direction from them.
You didn't mention what your set up is and sounds it like you may be running an Atmos set up. So depending on that and your lay out you might want to look into placing you surrounds slightly inward move inline with your fronts and Atmos speakers.
I found that pulling the surrounds out of the corners and aligned them more with the fronts and in ceiling Atmos speakers gave me better results.
I will add I tried to follow Dolby's reference recommendation(came pretty close) on their 5.2.4 set up.
Hope this helps.
As you mentioned the speakers aren't good for Atmos ones and I would add in my experience they're not good for object based playback IMO.
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Good info. The rain (of course) I pick up from the overhead in ceiling.

So, which would be preferable for rear surround, then, a bookshelf or these? My placement is a good 12 ft back or so.

For my particular situation these would actually work out better fit wise, so if they would be as good as or better than bookshelf I may want to pick them up. I was concerned about them being wide dispersion. I would think direction would come from horns, so being wide and far back I would be missing the direction from them.
I think they will be different for everyone. They definitely throw sounds out exactly the way they look like they would. I tried them in stereo at first and thought they weren't good speakers, but definitely good surrounds.
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I'm guessing when you say "klipsch atmos" speakers you mean "enabled" ones? If so I would recommend concentrating on building up a good 7.1 set up.
If you plan to do Atmos you can always do that later.
If and when you do I would recommend trying to follow their reference recommendations.
If you can't a good 7.1 would work just as well if not better than an "enabled" set up IMO.
If you do want to use these in a 7.1, depending on your layout I would use these as side surrounds.
As people mentioned on here these type of speakers are not recommended for Object based soundtracks.
Thank you for the info. Bought for side or rear surround speakers
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I am surprised there is interest in wide dispersion speakers since Atmos is all the rage. I would think you want direct radiating speakers for Atmos to distinguish where the sound was placed, rather than just ambient sound which existed prior to Atmos.

Anyway, yes I see people still used these for Atmos rears, but I am not sure why. What I have read is if the speaker is less than 5ft away from main listening position, that then you may want to disperse the sound instead.

I am not an expert here. Just looking for some rear surrounds for my Atmos system.
I'm struggling with the same. Debating between this and a regular bookshelf RB61 II for surrounds in an Atmos system
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I'm struggling with the same. Debating between this and a regular bookshelf RB61 II for surrounds in an Atmos system
These are not recommended for object based soundtracks
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These are not recommended for object based soundtracks
Yes - all research seems to lead to the same conclusion. Ordered myself a couple of Klipsch RB-61 II 6.5" Bookshelf Speakers. Thanks.
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