I am renovating my house and trying to decide whether to use ceiling mounted speakers for the rears (using Sonos AMP to drive them). I plan to have ARC soundbar in front and Gen2 Subwoofer that I already posses, if possible.
This should result in 5.1.2 configuration but my question is related to having the rears in the ceiling instead of ear level. According to Atmos, the rears of a 5.1.2 system should be at ear level for proper 3D sound. if they are in the ceiling what will the end result be? seems to be it won’t be accurate Atmos representation. Non-3D 5.1 playback will probably sound about right I suppose...but just wondering how a Sonos 5.1.2 Atmos will make sense out of the rears being in the ceiling instead of at ear level.
Its not impossible for me to place a couple of Sonos Play1’s at around ear level in addition to or instead of the ceiling mounted rears. But it will mean setting them on counters where I would rather not have a speaker with a cable running to power, etc. The ceiling mounted would be cleaner appearance in the condo. But I’m also concerned the ceiling mounts will create too much sound from above in back and even cause future 3D Atmos playback to not sound quite correct spatially. What will be the sonic impact of that decision to use ceiling mounted rears in a 5.1.2 system?