Help with speaker recommendations for a Dolby Atmos System...

I'll make this simple peeps! I have an SR8012 going 7.4.2 and need help with speaker recommendations??? I have RTiA9's on the way and also a CSiA6 for my fronts.

I need suggestions and/or help to find sides, rears, and ceiling speakers that are in the wall and can take what my receiver can deliver and also blend with the RTiA Series fronts.


Receiver - SR8012
HTPC - Custom Built
Mains - RTiA9's
Center - CSiA6

...and a bunch of cables and wires waiting to be used again!!! B)

Thanks
Jerod

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Answers

  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 990
    For surrounds i would recommend the RTiA 3s or F/XiAs (I think that’s what they are called now). For in ceiling, I have no idea.
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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,335
    For in ceiling I would say MC/SC60's. https://www.polkaudio.com/products/mc60 Don't need much up there as these are for effects.

    Sides FX https://www.polkaudio.com/products/fxia6
    and rears RTi-A1https://www.polkaudio.com/products/rtia1

    Nice receiver, I noticed the back of your cabinet is not open, Look into AC Infinity cabinet cooler or a top placed cooler as that AVR will get warm.

    You didn't say what Sub you'll be sporting. If you don't have one yet look into SVS or HSU.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Marantz SR5010, Emotiva BasX-A300
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High TC80i
    Rear: Polk MC80
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S30
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 39,611
    edited June 3
    If you think that AVR or any AVR for that matter is capable of driving the A9's, think again.
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  • Jerod_J_BinsJerod_J_Bins Posts: 6
    My subs will more than likely be the last addition to my system. I took some pics of when I was upgrading the HTPC and making the cables/wires prettier! I custom ordered HDMI and Power cables from Amazon so that there now is no slack anyplace.
    Not that there is much need nowadays anyway! HDMI do all cable B)

    As you can see the units have plenty of breathing room and I placed the PC on top for the heat that rises from the amp gets sucked up into the front of the HTPC by it's 2 4" front fans and blown out the back and top by about 5 other fans.

    I also am an A+ Certified PC Tech so air flow in computers and such is a topic well covered... B)

    The sides and backs are bookshelf but I have no room thus I am looking for in-wall speakers

    The cabinet was once a cheap $50-70 Walmart entertainment Center for tube TV's that got modified over the years and will more than likely again unless you all know where they sell short cabinets with a center speaker location that will fit the CSiA6 but MOST OF ALL I love glass doors seems like every design nowadays is for a house that has no dust??? Later all and thanks!!

    Power and Low voltage totally separated! B)

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  • Jerod_J_BinsJerod_J_Bins Posts: 6
    Yes, I know my HTPC is old an beat up but it works!
    I also am just starting to design the new one to go with the SR8012...
    But I'm drifting from my speaker topic!!!



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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,335
    edited June 3
    Welcome to the wonderful world of home theater :)

    Yes F1nut is 100% correct, your AVR even as it's a big top shelf AVR an amp is recommended to drive the A9 to the fullest. A good Parasound or if your on a budget Emotiva amp will drive them nicely. A two or three channel is all you will need, AVR can pickup the rest easy.

    I build my own stands. I make them all open, I'd rather spend a few more minutes cleaning and dusting than limiting airflow.

    HTPC ever consider going with a NAS and DLNA? I use to use a HTPC but found the NAS a lot more simple for the entire home.

    So in the end it's all up to you and how much you want to invest in this. Get your surrounds then a good SVS or HSU sub then an amp.

    Cheers
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Marantz SR5010, Emotiva BasX-A300
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High TC80i
    Rear: Polk MC80
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S30
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • Jerod_J_BinsJerod_J_Bins Posts: 6
    Closed, is actually easier to control airflow as you define where cold air enters the cabinet and the where it exits. In which the computers 8+ fans handle the upper heat and that rising from the amp.

    I need speakers that can handle an abusive mate behind the controls for one minute they may be driving Bach while the next Five Finger Death Punch......

    The NAS sits to the left of the TV next to the AC Router and Telephony Switch and also Alexa. The NAS mirrors the HTPC as it also holds 8 Terabyte and as you may notice via the pic my HTPC is also the main PC that I use for email, work, and what not from my reclining couch with my Wireless mouse and Keyboards......

    To be totally honest, while the NAS and HTPC both utilize my Lifetime Plex subscription the need for them both are lessening by the day!!! Alexa handles all my music now where ever I am in the house or yard! she is digitally linked to my SR8012 and will play whatever song I can think of for I have Amazon Prine and Unlimited I do playlist whatever she remembers them all. Handles unlimited photos and sorts them by facial recognition. Can stream whatever I feel like now and even the Marantz SR8012 is linked to the web and 1,000's of radio stations from all over the world!
    [Egypt loves 80's rock! :* Love the song! What did the DJ say??? B) ]

    AS for the A9's the SR8012 can be turned into a pre-amp for the fronts at any time either way! :p

    Thanks all for the welcome but before my Marantz, I ran a Yamaha RX-V1070 since 1993-4 so I am not exactly new to audio/video go discrete amplification!!! >:)

    I think I have a good idea for my ceiling speakers, thanks, however, am I going to have to forget about in-walls for the rear and sides and just mount those higher and just position them like theaters do letting the SR8012 map out the sound levels and such with its Audyssey setup??? I should go to my Dolby Atmos theater and just look at their set up???

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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,497
    I would have recommended you look at the Definitive Technology speakers instead of the RTi's for a full-on atmos setup. I see you've already got the RTi on the way, but if there's a chance to return and switch it would be more beneficial IMO.
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    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,335
    Skip is right on. I got a great demo of the Deftechs on my Polk tour. If you got the coin they are the way to go.

    The RTi line is made more for home theater than music. I did use RTi8 for years and kept trying different things to warm them for music. I went from Sony ES AVR to Marantz which made them good for music. Signature line is much better at music.

    If you're going to playing at loud levels, yes an amp will help drive the RTi to their best. Yes you're SR8012 can be used as a pre amp, I use my SR5010 as one for my front speakers. That has worked out very good for me.

    As you use your HTPC for everything else cool. I only used one for media, I found a QNAP NAS that takes it place nicely.

    One thing about this forum. We love spending other people's money. Very few have regretted it. Most enjoy the recommendations.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Marantz SR5010, Emotiva BasX-A300
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High TC80i
    Rear: Polk MC80
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S30
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 256
    If you decide to keep the RTiA 9’s look at the 70-RT inceiling apeakers. They are matched to the RTi line.
    Main room- RTiA9 x4, CSiA6, in ceiling Atmos RT-70 x4, SVS PC 4000 x2, Marantz 7704, OPPO 203, Emotiva XPA-5 Gen2, Emotiva X-500,X-150, Sony 75" 940E, Panasonic Plasma VT50,PS Audio Power Port X2, Perfect Wave AC-5 x4

    Office- Infinity Kappa 600, Kappa Center, in ceiling Polk RC80i, SVS PC 2000, Marantz 5010, OPPO 203, Emotiva X300, Sony 48"

    Master BR- LSi7, LSiC, LSI700 in ceiling, SVS-PC 2000, Marantz SR5012, Adcom 7500, OPPO 203, Pioneer DVL-919 Laser Disc, Sony 55" 800B

    Workout room- RT2000P, CS1000P, Pioneer Elite SC81, OPPO 103, Panasonic Plasma VT 42"

    Patio- SDI Atrium8 x3, Emotiva A-100 amps x3

    Storage room at this time- LS90, RT16, CS350LS
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,497
    For what its worth, if you decide to go traditional 5.1 or 7.1, I think the RTi are a great fit. None of the Polk lines are truly optimized for Atmos and I think the 9080 as fronts are absolutely KILLER in such a configuration.

    Adding in-ceiling speakers will be great with the RTi and should get you there but I like the idea of reflected sound personally. In your room, it would be a great solution and keep the installation to nil.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • RobbyKYRobbyKY Posts: 32
    I have this set-up:

    RTi-A9's front
    CSi-A6 Center
    RT-65's in the ceiling
    RTi-A3's rear mounted on the walls
    PSW-125 Sub

    Fronts & center driven by an Emotiva XPA-3
    Overheads & rears driven by Marantz SR5012 internal amp outputs
    Oppo 105 source

    I like it, kids like, friends love it, most important, wife likes it................
    SDA SRS 1.2TL x2 - SDA SRS 3.1 x2 - SDA 2BTL
    Adcom - Carver - McIntosh amps
    HT = Polk RTi A9s, CSi-A6, RT-65 -RTi-A3's - Marantz SR5012 - XPA3 - Epson 5040UB


  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,335
    RobbyKY wrote: »
    I have this set-up:

    RTi-A9's front
    CSi-A6 Center
    RT-65's in the ceiling
    RTi-A3's rear mounted on the walls
    PSW-125 Sub

    Fronts & center driven by an Emotiva XPA-3
    Overheads & rears driven by Marantz SR5012 internal amp outputs
    Oppo 105 source

    I like it, kids like, friends love it, most important, wife likes it................

    How's it on music?
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Marantz SR5010, Emotiva BasX-A300
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High TC80i
    Rear: Polk MC80
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S30
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • RobbyKYRobbyKY Posts: 32
    The only music I play through it is the occasional offerings on AXS TV I'm interested in via DirecTV. Today is Otis Redding on Rock Legends and then Deep Purple on their Classic Album Series at 9.

    As many have claimed, a little on the bright side with the XPA/RTi match-up. In my case, the HT room treatments and cables seem to have tamed that annoying issue. For most pure music listening I like to stick with my 2-channel set-ups.
    SDA SRS 1.2TL x2 - SDA SRS 3.1 x2 - SDA 2BTL
    Adcom - Carver - McIntosh amps
    HT = Polk RTi A9s, CSi-A6, RT-65 -RTi-A3's - Marantz SR5012 - XPA3 - Epson 5040UB


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