Minimum Height for In-Ceiling Speakers

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davemr

Audiophyte
#1
I am converting a basement room into a home cinema, with 2 rows of tiered seats. I am considering installing ceiling speakers for object-based surround technology (Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and the like) but the ceiling height is only 2m (6' 6"),unfortunate but it is what it is. From what I have read, I believe this is too low as the speakers would be too close to the listening position but I have not found a definitive minimum height. Does anyone have any feedback or recommendations?
 
TLS Guy

TLS Guy

Audioholic Slumlord
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#2
I am converting a basement room into a home cinema, with 2 rows of tiered seats. I am considering installing ceiling speakers for object-based surround technology (Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and the like) but the ceiling height is only 2m (6' 6"),unfortunate but it is what it is. From what I have read, I believe this is too low as the speakers would be too close to the listening position but I have not found a definitive minimum height. Does anyone have any feedback or recommendations?
It is also far too low for decent sound, never mind Atmos. That place is absolutely cavernous. My son could not stand up straight in it.
 
William Lemmerhirt

William Lemmerhirt

Audioholic Ninja
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#3
https://www.dolby.com/us/en/technol...tmos-home-theater-installation-guidelines.pdf
Might wanna browse through the guide. Iirc, 7’ is the lower height recommendation and 14’ is the high. At 6’-6” I would definitely go in ceiling with wide dispersion speakers, mounted a little more onboard than the mains, but not sure how far apart they’ll be. Also, how deep is the room? If you’re planning x.x.4 you’ll need the couch off the back wall. I would go for it.
 

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