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Atmos connections

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Wizzard, Jul 5, 2016.

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  1. Wizzard

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    Hi I am a newbie in the Dolby Atmos world! I have the new Onkyo NR656 AV receiver. I was thinking of getting the Onkyo Atmos add-ons to sit on top of my front speakers.

    My question is - where do I connect these speakers in the AV receiver? My current setup is 5.1 and have the option to go to 7.1. Do these connect to the 7.1 connectors?
     
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    You'd connect them to the speaker terminals labelled 7 & 8 (Surround Back or Height). You would also need to go into the main setup menu and assign them as Height speakers as they can also be assigned as Surround Backs.
     
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    Many thanks! I guessed but was not sure of the connections.

    Just curious - what would happen if I was using 7.1 already? Where would the connections go?
     
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    Another point - I use 7 & 8 for Front speaker Bi-amping. I guess to use Atmos I need to remove Bi-amping?
     
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    In answer to both your questions. If you're using 7.1 already you'd have to drop back to 5.1 if you want to have Heights.

    Same goes for Bi-Amping, you'd have to give that up for Heights as well.

    The NR656 might have the possibility of increasing the available options if it has Pre-Outs so you can use an external poweramp. You'd need to check the owners manual for any info on that.
     
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    Is it better to go for Atmos or Bi-amp?
     
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    Atmos does sound good if you're able to get the speakers positioned correctly. If not, you might be slightly underwhelmed.

    Are you able to borrow a pair of speakers to try it out?
     
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    Unfortunately no.
     
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    Might be worth just running your front speakers normally rather than Bi-Amped to see if you think you'll miss the performance/sound. If you can live with them like that then I'd be tempted to dive in and try Atmos.
     
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    I live in an apartment. Would atmos reflecting speakers disturb the neibours on top. I mean, would the bouncing sound waves from the ceiling cause any vibrations to the floor up? or should I think of only overhead, direct speaker?
     
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    You'll be fine. The overhead effect is just that, an effect rather than a main channel like your fronts, and unless they've changed since I bought mine there's going to be nothing blasted out that'll create enough of a sound to disturb anyone on the floor above :)
     
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    Thanks mikemag, that cleared my apprehension.
     
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    3.1.2 setup.

    I ended up moving my upfiring speakers from on the bookshelf to near the bookshelf but lower. The greater effective distance seems to do wonders in generating a height image.

    I wish there was a visual way of aiming the bounce speaker.
     
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