5.0 out of 5 stars | Watcher
These may need to be angled more with a prop atop your front left and right speakers to achieve optimal results!
I finally stepped up to official Dolby-Atmos speakers after using some cheap Acoustic Audio surround speakers I found on Amazon for a 10th of the MSRP cost of these and I wanted to give my impressions after using them for a few days. First of all, these Pioneers appear to be light and small, but they are not! They are quite hefty and give the impression of having a nice, solid construction. I like the fact that they have the weight to them so I don't have to worry about them shifting when my subwoofer rumbles and shakes the house. I just simply replaced my old speakers with these and made it a point NOT to rerun YPAO on my Yamaha Aventage RX-A660 receiver and at first I wasn't very impressed as the Atmos effect didn't sound quite right. Then I noticed my old speakers were capable of multi-directional angles so I deduced that the direction the speakers are facing upwards isn't at the proper angle needed to give the utmost Atmos effect at the listening position. After this adjustment, the speakers sounded beautiful and even more detailed than my old ones. So, I resolved to let everyone know that you may need to prop something under the Atmos speakers to get the adequate angle for the reflected sound. People assume the Atmos-enabled speakers are at the correct angle to reflect sound to their listening position, but that is different for each home theater room. Depending on the height of your ceiling, ceiling obstructions, angle and listening position, the speaker's angle to the ceiling may need to be adjusted accordingly. To determine if it's at the ideal angle, you need to test it with the official Dolby Atmos Reference Demos "Amaze Trailer" and "Leaf Trailer," ensuring that you are hearing a completely filled 360 degree sound stage without any gaps therein. If you are hearing sound coming from where the Atmos speakers are placed when you're in your normal listening position, that is NOT the right angle! You should NOT notice where the sound is coming from. It should have a height presence to it that is more noticeable if you "close your eyes" and listen. It's the above reasons I feel Dolby-Atmos enabled speakers should be a separate unit from the front left and right speakers. With the integrated units that Pioneer and Klipsch sells, you won't be able to effortlessly adjust the angle of your speakers without dramtically affecting the front left and right soundstage.
- Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars | Rao
Here are some tips for those who sit beyond 5 feet from front speakers and ceiling height is 8 feet.
Seating distance to Atmos enabled speaker matters especially for front speaker placement. Here are some tips for those who sit farther to speakers beyond 5 feet especially front side and ceiling height is 8 feet. *1 Do not place Atmos enabled speakers on top of your left and right speakers *2 these speakers need little breathing room from their place to ceiling to have full envelopment *3 make sure to place these speakers so they are about 6 to 7 feet distance from the ceiling. * 4 place them near your TV (assuming it is on a stand that is below to your left and right speakers). Take point *3 into consideration. * 5 If you have done above and you happen sit with in 8 feet from your speakers Enjoy your atmos sound. If you sit beyond 8 feet use one blu-ray disc cover (about 1/2 inch) and prop up the back side of the speaker. Enjoy your atmos sound. Btw, I have Pioneer Elite bookshelf speakers with Atmos speakers built-in for front and surrounds. My surrounds are 6 feet away and I don't have any complaints. Front speakers are 11 feet away and I am not happy with the Atmos sound. After very very very long experimentation I bought these speakers for front and played around. Above tips are coming from this experimentation. If you are sitting in 5 to 6 feet from front speakers and placed these Atmos speakers on top of your front left and right. you will be treated with fantastic over the head Atmos experience. If you sit beyond 6 feet and ceiling height is 8 feet follow above tips. Make sure to add rear atmos speakers as well. Level of immersion you will experience is beyond words. You will never visit the movie theater. Advanced Tips for those who are familiar with speaker delay settings. - Check out the attached picture. As you can see in the attached picture front atmos speakers placed almost next to front left & right speakers. - From distance point of view atmos speakers are about same distance from left and right speaker to MLP( main listening position). - Auto setups like Audyssey will measure distance and one may end up similar distance for atmos speakers with respective to left and right speakers. - This may pose problems such as, one may find sound coming directly from atmos speakers (not from ceiling.. from speaker it self) due to the placement. This could happen especially with non atmos sources, when using DSU processing. - But one can adjust the delay of the atmos speaker and blend the sound with right/left speakers. 2 to 3 milliseconds delay will do the trick. Simply reducing 2 or 3 feet from the atmos speaker distance with respect to main left/right speakers will do the trick. By doing this what happens is , sound from main Left/Right speaker reaches first to MLP and will not hear sound directly coming from atmos speakers. We are applying timing delay principle used in public addressing systems. ** example of speaker distance adjustment: if your front right main speaker is 12 feet from your main listening position, set your front right atmos speaker distance to 10 or 9 feet. ** *NB: 98% of content that one might be listening now (year 2018) will be non atmos. Above are very important steps that will make listening non atmos sources truly remarkable using DSU. DSU(Dolby Surround upmixer) is wonderful processing developed by Dolby. Thank you Dolby Labs. Always remember these are your speakers , your room , your avr and your ears. Adjust them to your liking.
- Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars | M. Britton
Great add on speakers that do the job. Dolby Atmos and DTS X sound great using these bad boys!
These Pioneer add on Dolby Atmos speakers are great for what they are. I am in a smaller apartment and have a 7 speaker layout (and a subwoofer) using Polk Audio speakers (been a fan since early '80s). My Denon AVR-S910W (good enough for an apartment) only allows seven speaker hookup so I had to switch the back speakers to "Surround Dolby" to utilize the Dolby Atmos and DTS X function for these add on speakers. Once I figured out to set my mains and surrounds to large speakers I was blown away by what these small speakers offer. I did notice the DTS X sounded more fuller than Dolby Atmos after "experiencing" The Lone Survivor 4K UHD disc's DTS X soundtrack. Remind you I am using only seven speakers and not the eleven most DTS X set ups would be but I was very impressed how open the action was. The gunfire, explosions, helicopters all sounded realistic and non-directional like I am used to with plain 7.1 using the Polk bookshelf speakers behind me. This soundtrach really lit up the room to the environment I was seeing on the screen. Next up was the Lucy 4K UHD disc with Dolby Atmos. The same thing! The room was "opened" up where you did not know where the audio was coming from. Another stellar soundtrack! So far I am having fun now that I finally got Dolby Atmos speakers that I can use in my apartment without having to hang speakers. These little speakers do a fine job at firing the audio off the ceiling and giving the room that "you are there" experience. It still blows me away! Glad I read about these Pioneer add on speakers on High Def Digest's web review [ [...]] because this is what I have been looking for. Plus for under 100 dollars this is a great addition for my Dolby Atmos and DTS X set up giving me the results I have been wanting.
- Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2016