Abandoned the Onkyo SKH-410 speakers & upgraded !!!!
It's been a while since I last posted, and since I just completed an upgrade I thought I'd fill y'all in.
Remember, I'm dealing with a 7' 2" ceiling. I was never able to get the Onkyo SKH-410 speakers to give me that sound above me as I was expecting, unless I moved them closer to me, to the point they were in the way. Only then did I hear something, but ... meh. Angling them caused me to hear directly from the speakers. I tried countless combinations of location, angle, height, etc. I finally gave up and put them on a couple of shelves I built hidden in front of the ceiling bulkhead we sit below, still firing upwards. Finally I got the sound to come from above. It was better but still just ok. So it stayed that way (7.2.2) for quite a while using the original Denon AVR-X4100W, AudioSource AMP 100 amp and 2 Onkyo 410s. However, once I got a nibble of what sound above me sounded like, I knew I wanted more.
Note that I original bought 4 of the Onkyo SKH-410 speakers, but since I started with a 7.1 base, I could only use 2 with the X4100W. I sold one of the pairs to a chum at work. He's got a 9 foot ceiling and realy likes the speakers, so they're not junk. They do work. Just not in my setup.
Fast forward to just a few weeks ago. I replaced the Denon X4100W avr with their new X6300H. Out went the AMP 100 aux amp and Onkyo 410s. The Atmos enabled speakers were replaced by 4 Polk Audio Atrium 4 outdoor speakers that I mounted to the ceiling, ~45° in front and behind the mlp, in line with the front main towers and rear surrounds, angled in and down towards the mlp. The new X6300H amp can drive everything in a 7.2.4 arrangement.
I also struggled to find a decent Atmos demo file anywhere. I tried downloading from various sources, but the files were either crap, corrupted, or took a lifetime to download. I gave up/in, went to eBay and bought the read deal 2015 Atmos demo disc. Ya, I paid for it, but now I have what I want without any more headaches. It realy does showcase the tech very well.
Let's get the inevitable question out of the way. "How does the tonal quality of the Atrium 4s compare to the Andrew Jones speakers?" Before removing the original avr, I set them up as zone 2 speakers with the subs off. Yes, I could hear a difference between them and either the Andrew Jones towers or bookshelves, but I wasn't expecting them to sound the same. Once I had all the new gear set up and audyssey calibration done, for what they are there for and the sounds that come out of them, I do not notice a difference. Sounds travel from front to back or side to side traversing above me without any noticeable difference in sound quality. The sound of rain, wind and such is now clearly heard from not just directly above, but from all around the space above me. I have yet to make it all the way through the demo blu-ray.
So, how's it all sound? Unfriken' believable !!!! The sound is beyond what I was hoping for. When "they" call Atmos immersive they're not kidding. This is really cool.
Until next time, enjoy whatever you call this part of the year. I'll just say Merry Christmas & happy new year to everyone. Play hard, but play safe. Keep your stick on the ice.
Last edited by wildswing; 2016-12-22 at 10:35 PM.