Can I use Atmos Speakers as traditional Surround Speakers??

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  1. cindy cakes

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    hi, the only place I can put surrounds for my 5.1 setup is behind the viewing sofa. For this reason I would like to use upwards firing Atmos speakers and set them on some 12" speaker stands behind the sofa.

    Is there any reason Atmos speakers would make poor surrounds in a 5.1?
     
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    What do you mean by behind the sofa? Do you mean below the back height of it or just further back than it?

    Is there a reason you can't wall mount the rear speakers?
     
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    Hi. Wall mounting or floor standing is not an option in this room. I would like to use the Atmos about 5" behind the sofa on short stands. I have read that behind the viewing area firing up is acceptable if wall mounting is not an option and the Atmos look perfect for this.

    Just wondering if there is any reason Atmos speakers are not suit le for traditional surrounds.
     
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    It would work, but it would be a compromise.

    For starters the whole reason for bouncing the sound off the cieling, is to try and make the sound appear to come from above you, whilst the rear channels are meant to produce a sound that is coming from behind you and on similar plane to your fronts.

    Additionally bouncing off the ceiling means that you lose detail and the bass extension of the rears.

    Your brain does a great job of putting sounds where it thinks they should be coming from, so it will work, it just might sound a little strange.
     

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