Klipsch is proud to deliver an incredibly captivating Dolby Atmos experience to the home with its new line of Reference Premiere speakers. The RP-280FA, RP-450CA and RP-140SA speakers kicked off the brand's foray into this exciting new standard for surround sound.
Feedback from both Klipsch partners and costumers alike has been overwhelmingly positive, but inquisitive souls have questions. Thus, we have compiled we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about Dolby Atmos speakers and how to properly design a Dolby Atmos speaker setup.
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What is Dolby Atmos?
To put it simply, Dolby Atmos® is the greatest advancement in home and cinema audio since surround sound. Sound editors now have the ability to pinpoint a single sound and move it around, above and through the listener.
Dolby Atmos is achieved by the addition of overhead and/or elevation channel speakers. This additional sound plane creates a true 3-dimensional hemisphere of sound for the listener.
Is Dolby Atmos just a gimmick-y sound effect?
Nope, it’s not a gimmick. Dolby Atmos is the first truly audible advancement in surround sound since 5.1. Through incredible advancements in acoustic technology and sound editing software development, Dolby has created a completely immersive, 360-degree audio experience that has been widely adopted by Hollywood’s top movie studios.
What Do I Need For A Dolby Atmos Speaker Setup?
Dolby Atmos starts with the same basic setup as your traditional surround sound system. You’re simply adding a pair of speakers to it. These speakers can either be Atmos modules that sit on top of your existing left and right channel speakers, or they can be special left and right speakers that include both the standard front firing and top-firing drivers. Alternatively, you can install a pair of speakers in the ceiling that fire downward, and use your existing normal left and right speakers.
How do Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers work differently than old competitors’ up-firing technology?
With the controlled directivity and exceptional efficiency of our exclusive Tractrix® Horn technology, we are able to meet the very stringent specifications put in place by Dolby for their Atmos enabled elevation speakers. Because of this, Klipsch is able to offer the only discrete, 2-way Dolby Atmos elevation speakers on the market for a much more dynamic, powerful, and realistic Dolby Atmos listening experience.
Do the Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers work with content that is not spec’d for Dolby Atmos?
Yes. The Dolby Atmos software in Dolby Atmos enabled AV receivers and processors will actually up-mix non-Atmos material to utilize the height channels in your Atmos system. Of course, this function can be turned off at any time if you’d prefer a more traditional listening experience.
Do I need a new receiver for Dolby Atmos playback?
If your current receiver is not already equipped, you’ll need a Dolby Atmos enabled A/V receiver to experience this new technology. Visit Dolby.com for a list of all Dolby Atmos capable receivers.
Can I place the RP-140SA on top of speakers that are not Klipsch Reference Premiere?
Yes. You can place the RP-140SA on any brand of floorstanding or bookshelf speaker. If your current speakers do not have a flat top, you may place the RP-140SA next to the speaker on a table or mount.
Does Klipsch make Atmos enabled in-ceiling speakers?
Yes… Dolby doesn’t certify architectural products as Atmos enabled although any of the Klipsch in-ceiling speakers meet the spec. The Klipsch CDT-5650-C II and CDT-5800-C II in-ceiling speakers are two particularly great speakers for Dolby Atmos because of their Controlled Dispersion Technology®.
Are Dolby Atmos-enabled in-ceiling speakers better than the integrated channel in the RP-280FA or the separate RP-140SA elevation speaker?
“Better” is not the exact word choice we would use. In a perfect world, you would use Dolby Atmos ceiling speakers in movie theaters across the world. In-ceiling speakers require more installation but they can also give you more freedom regarding placement. We think providing in-ceiling, integrated and “topper” options gives people the ability to choose the best setup for their individual setups.
Do I need a special sound-treated room for Dolby Atmos to work?
No. Between the Dolby Atmos ceiling speakers and integrated and elevation speakers, Klipsch has many options for consumers to have Dolby Atmos even if they don’t have a dedicated, sound-treated theater room. If you are looking to use the integrated or elevation speakers, a horizontal ceiling made from an acoustically reflective material, such as drywall or plaster is the most ideal setup. That being said, if you have a two-story or vaulted/cathedral ceilings, you can still enjoy the same amazing Dolby Atmos experience. For more details, please see the answer to the next question.
What happens if I don’t have a horizontal ceiling?
A horizontal ceiling between 7.5’ and 14’ high is the most ideal for a Dolby Atmos-enabled elevation speaker; however, we have done a lot of testing with vaulted/cathedral ceilings and you often can get the same experience as you would with a horizontal ceiling. If you have doubts about your particular setup, we would recommend contacting Klipsch customer support. Any photos of your listening area that you can provide will aid the process. Another option for two story or cathedral/vaulted ceilings would be Klipsch in-ceiling speakers which can be angled properly for Dolby Atmos sound.
I have a non-reflective ceiling…can I still get Dolby Atmos?
Yes, indeed, you can. You will need to use in-ceiling speakers. We recommend an in ceiling speaker like the Klipsch CDT-5650- C II or the CDT-3650-C II.
What is the ideal ceiling height for Dolby Atmos playback?
The ideal ceiling height is 7.5 feet to 14 feet.
How do I hook up the RP-140SA elevation speaker?
Just like you would any other passive speaker. Using speaker wire, you connect the terminals to the matching height terminals specified on your Dobly Atmos-compatible receiver.
Can I use other speakers, face them upward and pair them with a Dolby Atmos-compatible receiver to get the Atmos effect?
You will want to use Dolby Atmos rated speakers for it to work a 100% correctly. You can, however, put the RP-140SA on a shelf up near the front of your room with the equal height of a floorstanding speaker. Another option is to use an in-celling speaker that will work with the Dolby Atmos specs.
What kind of finish do the RP-280FA and RP-450C have?
Can I use the RP-140SA as a surround speaker?
Yup. That’ll work. The RP-140SA includes a keyhole mount on the bottom for wall mounting as a traditional monopole surround speaker.
Can I mount the RP-140SA or RP-250S to the ceiling in order to create the Dolby Atmos effect?
Please don’t. They are not rated for use in ceilings and could be dangerous.
What happens if I’m playing non-Dolby Atmos content?
It will play as normal, unless you ask your Dolby Atmos-enabled AV receiver or processor to up-mix the audio to Dolby Atmos.
Where can I demo Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers?
Please use the Klipsch dealer locator and contact your nearest dealer to see if they have a demo available.
Where can I buy Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers?
You can purchase Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers from select dealers and at Klipsch.com.
If you have any other questions regarding Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, please post a comment below. We will answer the question as quickly as possible and add it to the FAQ.
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