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Q Install - Q. Which Q Acoustics speakers can be used for Dolby Atmos height channels?


Q Install Performance speakers are just right for Dolby Atmos, The dimension of height & hearing sounds coming from above you is key to the multidimensional Dolby Atmos experience, and although we don’t support the concept of upward firing speakers for Dolby Atmos, we do have an excellent range of ceiling speakers for this.
  1. Ear height speakers - Many installations currently have systems with a subwoofer and either five or seven speakers positioned at about ear level.
  2. Overhead Speakers - Overhead sound is a vital part of the Dolby Atmos experience. There are a variety of options for adding this capability to a room. However the best solution is to install speakers overhead. High-power, full-frequency conventional overhead speakers with wide dispersion characteristics are required for a Dolby Atmos home cinema.
  3. Speaker characteristics - Dolby Atmos audio is mixed using discrete, full-range audio objects that may move around anywhere in three-dimensional space. With this in mind, overhead speakers should complement the frequency response, output, and power-handling capabilities of the listener-level speakers. Choose overhead speakers that are timbre matched as closely as possible to the primary listener-level speakers. Overhead speakers with a wide dispersion pattern are desirable for use in a Dolby Atmos system. This will ensure the closest replication of the cinematic environment, where overhead speakers are placed high above the listeners.
  4. Mounting considerations - If the chosen overhead speakers have a wide dispersion pattern (approximately 45 degrees from the acoustical reference axis over the audio band from 100 Hz to 10 kHz or wider), then speakers may be mounted facing directly downward. For speakers with narrower dispersion patterns, those with directable tweeters should be angled toward the primary listening position.
All of Q Acoustics Hi-Fi, Home Cinema and Install speakers comfortably meet these criteria and because all Q Acoustics speakers are designed by the same team, they have very similar timbre and voicing, so even speakers from different ranges work well together. The high power handling, wide bandwidth and amiable swivel tweeters make the Install Performance range particularly suitable for overhead In-ceiling or listener level In-wall installation, and the powerful In-wall or In-ceiling subwoofers save a great deal of space over conventional enclosures. We would always recommend using Fire & Acoustic Hoods with these.