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#406939 - 09/01/14 06:16 PM Re: M3 In-Ceiling Loudspeakers [Re: CV]
cybrsage Offline
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Registered: 09/01/14
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I would love to have angled driver On-Ceiling mounted speakers - I really do not want to cut into my sound silencing barrier.

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#406961 - 09/03/14 06:55 PM Re: M3 In-Ceiling Loudspeakers [Re: CV]
rprice54 Offline
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any word on shipping? I ordered mine back in July...

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#407095 - 09/09/14 01:29 AM Re: M3 In-Ceiling Loudspeakers [Re: CV]
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I guess I'm going to do it. The sound barrier is going get a few new holes, hopefully in time for my 2 weeks off at Christmas.
I can't go all Atmos, the bill is too much right now (baby in Nov.)but 5.1 sounds really good so I'm going to install a pair in the top front locations with my current AVR.
I drew it out tonight and was shocked to see the in ceilings will be the same distance from my ears as my surrounds when installed as recommended by dolby.
Ceiling height be dammed...
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#407243 - 09/16/14 05:19 AM Re: M3 In-Ceiling Loudspeakers [Re: CV]
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As low as my basement ceiling is (6' 7", generally) I don't see being able to use the M3 in-ceiling speakers for Atmos.

From here:

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Will I always get better Dolby Atmos sound with overhead
speakers?

Dolby Atmos enabled speakers produce slightly diffuse overhead audio that is quite lifelike and, in some cases, preferable to the sound that comes from overhead speakers.

If your ceiling is low or you have to mount your loudspeakers on overhead trusses or brackets, the overhead speakers will be closer to the listening position. The audio may be distracting because you’ll hear exactly which speaker is producing the sound instead of feeling immersed in an atmosphere in which sounds occur naturally overhead.

In this environment, Dolby Atmos enabled speakers may better reproduce the Dolby Atmos sound you would hear in a movie theatre, where the overhead speakers are high in the auditorium, creating a more diffuse experience. Audio experts who have heard Dolby Atmos enabled speakers agree that the sound these produce can be preferable to the sound that
overhead speakers produce.


I don't really want Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, either, since it means switching my ceiling tiles back to something reflective as opposed to absorptive. Since the sound from the ceiling speakers are supposed to be somewhat diffuse as described, I wonder if Axiom could come up with a model for people in my situation. Low ceiling, still wanting the Atmos experience without resorting to the Atmos enabled compromise. Even better for me, specifically, would be 2'x2' panels pre-made for mounting the speakers in and dropping into a standard suspended ceiling grid.

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#407246 - 09/16/14 06:55 AM Re: M3 In-Ceiling Loudspeakers [Re: CV]
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Charles, I think the only reasonable answer is for you to dig the basement a good 2-4 feet deeper, then replace everything you have in it.
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#407248 - 09/16/14 07:39 AM Re: M3 In-Ceiling Loudspeakers [Re: CV]
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If he did that, the alligator pit would have no walls and they would be free to roam. You didn't think this through.
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#407252 - 09/16/14 07:58 AM Re: M3 In-Ceiling Loudspeakers [Re: CV]
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Think of the extra exercise afforded by such a setup!
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#407253 - 09/16/14 08:00 AM Re: M3 In-Ceiling Loudspeakers [Re: CV]
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Mine shipped last Monday. Still stuck in customs...

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#407262 - 09/16/14 01:48 PM Re: M3 In-Ceiling Loudspeakers [Re: CV]
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FYI. General statement but, "Atmos Enabled" speakers are actually manufactured to meet a higher set of specifications specifically for Dolby Atmos than regular speakers mounted in/on your ceiling. Not that you can't get better speakers that work on the ceiling, but there isn't much in the way of "needs to meet these Atmos specs" out there. I heard A/B/C demos of 7.1, 7.1.4 with ceiling speakers, and 7.1.4 with Atmos enabled. Couldn't really tell much difference in the good ceiling speakers vs. the Atmos Enabled, but like mentioned above, you need a reflective and flat ceiling.

Height does not HAVE to be 8' and the Dolby guys at CEDIA mentioned that they wished that they left that minimum spec out. It will just be less effective the lower the ceiling, but they said that around 7' you start to lose effectiveness. 6'7" will be tricky.
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#407368 - 09/21/14 11:23 PM Re: M3 In-Ceiling Loudspeakers [Re: nickbuol]
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Originally Posted By: nickbuol
FYI. General statement but, "Atmos Enabled" speakers are actually manufactured to meet a higher set of specifications specifically for Dolby Atmos than regular speakers mounted in/on your ceiling. Not that you can't get better speakers that work on the ceiling, but there isn't much in the way of "needs to meet these Atmos specs" out there. I heard A/B/C demos of 7.1, 7.1.4 with ceiling speakers, and 7.1.4 with Atmos enabled. Couldn't really tell much difference in the good ceiling speakers vs. the Atmos Enabled, but like mentioned above, you need a reflective and flat ceiling.

Height does not HAVE to be 8' and the Dolby guys at CEDIA mentioned that they wished that they left that minimum spec out. It will just be less effective the lower the ceiling, but they said that around 7' you start to lose effectiveness. 6'7" will be tricky.


Nick,

During the Atmos demos did anyone comment on aiming tweeters when ceiling height was less than ideal?
The earliest information provided by Dolby suggested speakers should fire straight down.


Edited by brwsaw (09/21/14 11:27 PM)
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