Having given up on the AVR plus umpteen speakers route to surround sound, I have been exploring the soundbar route. My TV (LG OLED55E6V) has an attached soundbar that is tolerable but hardly enveloping. I would really like an Atmos enabled soundbar but find there is a problem about the ideal height at which it should be placed. The same problem arises with all soundbars but I suspect it is greater with Atmos on board. The standard advice is that a soundbar should be placed at a height that is level with the seated listeners' ears. Dolby for example says this: "For optimum playback performance, a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar should be mounted at or slightly above a seated listener’s ear level. The sound bar can be placed on a console in front of the display product or on a shelf located directly underneath the display." However, that advice contradicts the standard advice about the optimum viewing height of the display screen, which is that the vertical middle of the screen should be at a seated viewer's eye level. As ear and eye level are much the same, those two pieces of advise are mutually contradictory. Unless the soundbar is placed half way up the screen (which I assume no sane person would contemplate), these two pieces of advice can't both be implemented. So what's to do? I suppose the screen could be mounted high and tilted down while the soundbar is mounted at ear level. But that limits where the viewers can sit to view it. That is especially a problem with 3D where the vertical height is critical. Viewed from much above or below eye level the 3D effect is severely compromised or completely negated. If, then, the advice regarding the optimum height of the screen is observed, the advice regarding the placement of the soundbar can't be. It must be placed either below or above the screen and that much below or above ear level, which, with a large screen will be considerable. In that case, which is the better non-optimal solution? The only alternative I can think of (and no doubt there are better ones) is to divide the speakers into two arrays, one mounted to the right and the other to the left of the screen, both at ear level. That would be like the classic stereo speaker arrangement but with multiple channels in the arrays on both sides. But maybe that's impractical. Can anyone suggest how this dilemma might best be resolved? The manufacturers don't seem to give it any thought.