- [Andru] I am in the middle of setting up my home theaterDolby Atmos system, and today I'm going to tell youabout the Klipsch Reference Liner speakersthat I've chosen to fill out my Dolby Atmos setup.
What's going on, Tech Squad? Andru Edwards here,editor-in-chief at GearLive.
I'm here with my boy, Techno Dad, what's up?- What's up, everybody -- Channa D, Techno Dad, here.
- Techno Dad on YouTube.
- On YouTube, Techno Dad.
- All about home theater, surround sound.
- That's right, man.
- So I brought you in because I'm in the middleof setting up the ultimate home theater,which I will be revealing very shortly, in a video.
And today, we are talking specifically about Dolby Atmos,and speakers, speaker configuration,what speakers you should buy,and basically how to make it all workto give you the next generationof home theater sound.
- Dolby Atmos has come to the home now.
- [Techno Dad] Right.
- [Andru] Some people may noteven realize what are we even talking about.
So what is Dolby Atmos, and why is it somethingthat people are wanting to have in their homes now?- Basically what it is, is like a three-dimensional sound.
OK, it's putting you where the actors are.
If there's helicopters flying over,you'll hear a helicopter flying over you.
- OK, above you.
Literally above you.
- Yeah, exactly.
There's this part in "Rogue Nation," which was awesome.
You know, he hits a motorcycle, and the motorcycle goesba-bum, ba-bum, ba-bum.
- Over the car, and you hear it goba-bum, ba-bum, ba-bum, behind you.
Above you, behind you.
- It's pretty awesome.
- It's amazing.
I love it.
As I mentioned in the open, Klipsch sent overa full Dolby Atmos surround sound configuration.
They sent over 7.
4, so how many is that?- [Techno Dad] It's 11 speakers and two subs.
- So the subs aren't speakers,see that's the first thing I just learned.
- Well I mean, they.
- Subs are subs.
- Subs are subs.
- Subs are subs, so 11 speakers and two subwoofers.
And we configured that, and put them all around the roomto create a Dolby Atmos sound stage.
- You know, you got sound all around you.
- So when you take that versus, let's say,a 7.
1 surround sound system.
- Sure, your sound stage is one one plane.
Now with the sound stage of 7.
4, now it's like,just picture a globe.
- Right, and so 7.
1 would be seven speakers and one sub.
- When you add the point-fourthat means you're adding.
- Your high channels.
- Speakers on the ceiling, or that are bouncing.
- Or the modules, yeah.
- That's what we've done,we're using speakers that are pointed towards the ceiling,bouncing off, so we've got four speakers doing that,plus, the other speakers all around us, and the two subs.
So one thing I didn't know, when you got here,you said you've been a big fan of Klipsch, for how long?- [Techno Dad] Since the mid-'90s.
- Since the mid-'90s, so, that's a long time ago.
We're not going to age ourselves,but that was a long time ago.
No, it was a long time ago.
I've been doing this home theater thing,and into this home theater thing for a long time.
And I started off with some Klipsch as surroundsbecause I couldn't afford their big floor standing speakers.
Now, luckily, I can, and I did.
- What do you like about them, though?Why have you stuck by Klipsch as a brand for this long?What is it about, I mean obviouslyif you're choosing speakers you're choosing based on sound.
- What is it about the soundthat impresses you about them?- Well you know, I'm a musician.
Every time I listen to them, they have this kind of clarityand tone that's just pleasing to me.
- So big shout-out to Klipsch for sending overthese speakers, and these are the Reference Line.
What does that mean?When someone says "reference," that sounds pretty official.
- [Techno Dad] It's like the end-all, be-all.
Like, this is a reference-level sound.
If you think about TVs, you know, the real expensive TVswith reference-level picture, you know,and you get movies shot in 6Kwith a 4K digital intermediate,that's going to be a reference-level picture.
- So the reference is likethe highest benchmark that you can havefor whatever we're talking about,whether it's sound or vision.
- So we've got the speakers here,and we've spread them around the room,and the first thing you did when you came over,you pointed out a few thingsI did incorrectly.
- Or maybe it's not even incorrectly,but just without knowing the proper way to do it,it can be fine-tined to be even better, right?Let's go through some of the steps,you buy your speakers, you've got your great receiver,by the way, if you didn't see the receiver video,we talk about the receiver I chose:the Yamaha Aventage RX-3070,I'll leave a link down below to that videoand why we chose that one.
You've got your receiver, you've got your amp, if needed,- Sure.
- And you got your speakers.
You plug all your speakers in.
What do you need to do to properly lay outand get the best benefit, the best bang for your buckwith all the money you droppedon this configuration.
So the basic configuration is you have yourleft, center, and your right, in front of you.
That's your front sound stage.
- OK, which you told me by the way,those are the three most important speakersout of everything.
That's where the majorityof your information is coming from.
The center channel is huge, and I see you've gotthat 440C from Klipsch.
- Yes I do, yes.
- And that thing's really awesome.
It's like a three-way speaker,because you just don't have vocalscoming out from the front.
If you have gunfire coming out, guess where,it's coming from the center channel.
- The outside speakers actually handle mid-to-low,and then the inside speakers handle the mids,and then the tweeter, the horn loaded tweeter,handles the highs.
And so that's awesome to have as your center channel,a three-way center channel.
- So that's why that Klipsch one is really good.
The one thing I did notice, which, it's not.
You just didn't know.
- I didn't know!- You didn't know, and I've seen some other videoson YouTube where people do the same thing.
The surround sound speakers are situated forward,orientated forward, instead of.
- And when you say "surround,"you mean the surrounds that, when you're sitting down,are to the left and right of you.
- So you're saying,these speakers you've seen people point towards the TV.
- Right, but just angled in a little bit.
- Which I did do.
- Which is what he's got right now.
And so what I advise is to point them directly atyour listening, at your couch.
- So you're in between two speakers pointed at you.
That way you're going to actually get the surround sound,otherwise if you put it forward,that would mean you would be sitting forward,so in your case, if you were sitting at your coffee table.
- It'd be fine.
- Now the other thing I have in here are the two subwoofers,and you wanted to talk a little bitabout subwoofer placement.
Now the two subs I have here are the R-12SWi,and the cool thing about those is that they're wireless,which means you have the freedom to place themanywhere that you want, which is nice,especially in home theater,because you may not be able to put them.
- Straight up against the wall.
- Right in front.
- Exactly, so what's your recommendation, though,for subwoofer placement, like to get the best,again, best bang for your buck, you don't want towaste your money.
- Best bang for your buck.
So the reason to go dual-subwooferis that there's a natural dip in the low-end frequency, OK?And when you add that second subwoofer,it gets rid of that dip, so you have a nice,round curve, right?And when you can't place both your subwoofers up front.
- Is that the best?- Yes.
- It is the best, OK.
So both subwoofers up front, facing you.
- Yeah, up front, facing you.
Now if you can't do that,you can take one of those subwoofersand put it by your couch, facing the screen.
And then the other way of doing it,if you've got four walls.
I see you don't have four walls here.
- Right, right.
- So it's kind of tough without four walls,is you can go mid-way on one of the adjacent walls,pointing toward the center of the room.
- Now let's talk about the Atmos portion.
I mean, I guess it's all Atmos, but, you know,you need to have those height speakers,or something bouncing to get the full effect.
- So, as I mentioned,we've got four modules here,two of them built into the rearsand then two separate ones up front,all pointed towards the ceiling,and then coming down into the sound stage.
How do you recommend people set that up,screw them into the ceiling?Again, Dolby says, hey, it's betterif you're bouncing it off the ceiling.
How would you go about setting that up?- I would put the integrated Atmos modulewith the floor standing speaker in the front,and then when you're setting up yoursurround sound speakers, meaning the speakers to the leftand right of your listening area,then you can kind of turn it a little bitto fine-tune the height effects that are happening.
- That makes sense, yeah.
- And I know Dolby recommends to do the ceiling bounce.
And I believe that's because,who wants to cut holes in their ceiling?You? - No, I don't.
For ease of use, I guess, maybe that's why Dolby was like,hey just bounce it off the ceiling, and you're good,because then it's just a matter of buying it,plugging it in, and you're done.
- Yeah, yeah, buying it, plugging it in,aiming it a little bit, and kind of fine-tuning it.
Of course you're going to have to listento a couple of things,Dolby Atmos demos and stuff like that,to kind of hear exactly what's going on.
There's a whole lot, I mean,"Mad Max: Fury Road" has got a whole lot of Atmos.
So what I like to call that is like an Atmos-heavy movie.
A lot of these new movies coming out that say Dolby Atmos,lot of talking going on, not so much Atmos going on.
You know, little ambient sounds coming from here and there.
Usually action movies are going to havea lot more Atmos going on.
So what if you're watching contentthat is not mixed in Dolby Atmos?The receiver that we chose, the Yamaha Aventage 3070,has a mode, or a couple modes, actually,where it will up-mix, it'll up-mix in Dolby,it'll do DTS.
is it X? - Yeah, DTS-X.
- And there's one other one as well.
Do you turn those on when you're watching, or do you,would you rather just listen to it the way it was composed.
- I did try it both ways, and I just leave it on.
And what happens with the up-mix is,whatever's going on in the background musicon your fronts and your surroundsis happening up on your Atmos modules.
- [Andru] OK.
- Or your ceiling speakers.
So it just kind of adds that extra dimension of,you're inside the movie, you know, if it's a dance,and there's people talking around you,you're going to hear people talking,you're going to hear background musiccoming out of the Atmos.
- If I'm paying for all the speakers.
- Dude, you might as well!- I want them all working.
- Turn it on,turn it on and have a go, might as well.
- Even if I put on a song,I don't want just hear two-point --Just put it out of every speaker.
I want every speaker.
- Going into overdrive.
- Of course.
I mean I piecemealed mine together, OK?I already had a 5.
1, it was a Klipsch from 12 years ago.
- OK, still rocking.
- Oh, by the way, so speakers don't go bad.
Right? - No.
- Speakers aren't like smartphones,where three years from now it's all slow and terrible.
- No, what? - You buy a good speakerand it'll stay a good speakeras long as you don't blow it out, right?- For sure, I mean speaker technology hasn't changed,it's a speaker, that's it.
So if you do go out and spend a whole bunch of moneyon speakers, know that they're going to last a long time.
I had my last 5.
1 Klipsch setup, I sold to somebody else,and he's going to use it in his 7.
1 setup,and he's going to enjoy it for another ten or twelve years.
They're not going to be obsolete.
I have a series on my channel, Techno Dad,it's called "Home Theater Basics,"and in one of the videos I coverwhich speakers should you buy first.
So if you are on a limited budget,or let's say you have $5-600, and instead of goingfor a little small home theater in a box,you want to get something actually that's goodand is going to last a long time.
- [Andru] You can build more later.
- Yeah, you can start off with your main speakers,your left and right channels,or you can get your center, and left and rights,and then you'll have your front stage setup.
And then you can think about the surroundsand the Atmos setup later.
- So, it's up to you guys what you want to do,especially with your limited funds and whatnot.
- Right, exactly, exactly.
So, there you have it.
I think we've answered all the questions.
If we didn't, if there are more questions,drop them down below in the comments.
And we'll answer them down there.
Big shout-out: Techno Dad, for coming onto the channel.
For dropping knowledge, for schooling me.
(Techno Dad laughs)- Schooling the subscribers out there as well.
We appreciate it.
- Hey man, thank yo so much for having me, man.
I get to check out the city of Seattle too,while I'm up here, pretty awesome.
- Yes, yes, thanks so much for watching, guys.
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(rocking electronic music).