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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500SA

Dolby Atmos® enabled add-on speakers (Ebony)

Item # 714RP500SE

Building a Dolby Atmos® home theater system with Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers?

Building a Dolby Atmos® home theater system with Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers?

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3-dimensional Klipsch surround sound

Building a Dolby Atmos® home theater system with Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers? Then I recommend these voice-matched "toppers" to experience overhead sound effects without having to install in-ceiling speakers. 

3-dimensional Klipsch surround sound

Building a Dolby Atmos® home theater system with Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers? Then I recommend these voice-matched "toppers" to experience overhead sound effects without having to install in-ceiling speakers. 

Each RP-500SA sits on top of a compatible Reference Premiere floor-standing or bookshelf speaker. An upward-firing 5-1/4" spun-copper woofer and 1" horn-loaded tweeter in each cabinet reflect sound off the ceiling for immersive overhead effects.

Do you have an Atmos-capable receiver?

Since these speakers connect to your receiver's "height" channels for power and signal, a home theater receiver with Dolby Atmos is required for operation.

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Product highlights:

  • pair of Dolby Atmos add-on speakers for home theater
  • designed to sit on top of Klipsch Reference Premiere floor-standing speakers
  • drivers are angled upward to reflect sound off of the ceiling for immersive overhead sound effects
  • connect to a Dolby Atmos-compatible home theater receiver's height channels for power and signal
  • can also be used as standard left- or right-channel surround speakers when mounted to the wall
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
  • 5-1/4" Cerametallic™ cone woofer with rigid voice coil
  • frequency response and sensitivity specs conform to Dolby Atmos specifications
  • recommended amplification: up to 75 watts RMS (300 watts peak)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet design
  • keyhole slot for easy wall-mounting
  • ebony vinyl finish with scratch-resistant design
  • 6-13/16"W x 7-7/16"H x 11-3/16"D
  • weight: 8 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 1066507
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What's in the box:

  • 2 Dolby Atmos-enabled surround loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles (installed)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

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Taking Sound to New Heights

FRED from Pasadena, TX on 8/8/2019

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These Speakers are on a whole 'nother level. (hehe) I used them as side surrounds for a few weeks before moving them to Front Height speakers. ( to lazy to hang them when they first showed up) Anywho... Being Reference Premier Series speakers many of you will already know these to be a Solid Investments. Sound Amazing and they Look Incredible. (especially when the Magnetic grill is removed) I purchased my replacement receiver prior to knowing much about Dolby Atmos and other immersive sound formats. So.., currently, I have a 5.1.2 My goal is 7.2.4. (existing models in photo are RP series: fronts: 5000F, center: 404C, front height 500SA (not pictured) surrounds: 500M Sub: is R-10SWi Some of my friends keep uttering the word "Soundbar" Or make statements like, "how loud do have to have your music or movies?" I reply, " It's not about being loud... (okay on some level it is) But, really it's about how clear the sound is at lower volumes. My old system only sounded good crunk up! Now at low levels the speakers retain all the detail and fidelity I hear when played at higher volumes. At the end of the day, I have found the Klipsch RP series of speakers to exceed all of my expectations of sound reproduction. I enjoy sitting in my recliner first thing in the morning. Cup of coffee in hand. A pleasant smile on my face. As I skip thru song after song half way thru . Just amazed at hearing notes I never knew existed in songs I've listen to for decades. Than

Pros: Have all new speakers for my current receivers available channels

Cons: Don't have a receiver with more channels to buy more speakers for

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Awesome Surround Speaker Addition

Steve from Grapevine, TX on 7/7/2019

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My Bose 161's what I used in a rear "surround" capacity served me well for many years until recently I noticed that one in particular was beginning to rattle and crackle a little at higher volumes. Spending a lot of time researching replacements, the Klipsch RP-500SA's kept coming out on top from a performance, aesthetics and installation perspective. I was watching a Blu Ray flick the other night and about half way through it I realized how spectacular the sound was coming from behind me! Beautiful speakers, easy to install and a phenomenal addition to my surround experience.

Pros: Phenomenal sound Great appearance Easy installation

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Crutchfield customer from Ozark, MO on 6/11/2019

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If you are buying these to make up for the shortcomings of what other speakers you have, well forget it.

Pros: price is resonable

Cons: if the movie is not in dolby atmos format you are not going to get the full benefit of the speakers

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Used as rear surrounds.

Crutchfield customer from Cary, IL on 6/9/2019

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I started using these speakers as a 3.1.2 Atmos system and what I found out was disappointing but by no means the fault of the speaker. My PS4, and TV (my main sources for movies) both don't carry a Atmos signal. I thought about buying something just to use the Atmos signal but in the long run ended up using the speakers as rear surrounds in a 5.1 system. These speakers do so very well and look great doing it. I'm very happy with the speakers so far. Great sound for surrounds and I'm sure they would have been great as at most if I had the opportunity to use them as such.

Pros: Great sound, voice matches the rest of my Klipsch RP system. Can use as Atmos or surround speakers with a separate cross-over for each

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Awesome, one suggestion to Klipsch.

Crutchfield customer from Las Vegas, NV on 6/8/2019

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Awesome, highly recommend them and Churchfield. One suggestion to Klipsch, adjustable rear feet so you can aim the sound over your seating area, Klipsch recommend you should do. That would make them perfect.

Pros: Highest Quality Product and Service

Cons: Can't adjust feet to aim sound, but I don't believe any brand has that.

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awsome sound

Tony from Marengo,Illinois on 5/31/2019

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They sound great. I bought 4 of them. I use them as atmos speakers. I will be buying 4 more to add wide channels. You can hear a pin drop. Out of these. Fits nicely on my floor speakers and the paino black color looks good as well. The magnetic grill is a nice change, the other types break eventually. The option to use as surround or atmos speakers sold me on these. You can't go wrong.

Pros: Clear, crisp, clean. It is klipsch of course..

Cons: None

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Awesome Atmos speakers

Crutchfield customer from Greenfield, WI on 5/27/2019

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Awesome speakers. So cool to hear the sounds coming from above and all around. Typical Klipsch quality. I highly recommend!

Pros: Quality, Sound, Easy setup

Cons: None

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Great sound and looks

Crutchfield customer from Tacoma, WA on 5/15/2019

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They sound awesome. I have the svs elevations as well. I bought these for the bigger drivers and they match my center channel. Massive sound. Currently using them as surround speakers. I'm planning to move them to back surround and purchasing the RP-502S for surrounds. Sorry SVS, you've been out muscled

Pros: Sound, Looks, instalation.

Cons: None to mention.

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Guest from Florissant, MO on 5/3/2019

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Great speakers. Great sound. Great Dolby Atmos speakers. They are connected to a Denon AVR4400H Receiver and they really sound nice.

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Fabulous Atmos

Adam from Johnson City on 4/3/2019

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Incredible Atmos speakers. These really add another dimension to the home theater. I put these RP500SA's on the front and running a set of 140SA's in the rear. Superb sound, and fair price. It is so nice that these can be added to any system. How did I live without these??

Pros: Sound, Price, Quality

Cons: None, these are perfect

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ROBERT from Grayling, MI on 3/22/2019

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Good sound for an Atmos system

Pros: Fit on top of Klipsch Bookshelf speakers

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Mikeal from Lansing on 3/3/2019

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I wanted to get the most out of my KLf20,s and the anthem 720.l listen to alot of two channel music Big improvement there. Watching a lot of my atmos movies like the wrap around feeling it gives you.

Pros: Great looking speakers

Cons: None

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Awesome surround/Atmos speakers!

Scott from Wyocena, WI on 3/3/2019

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At first I thought that they were a little bit expensive but they are definitely worth it! I am very happy with theses speakers! They work great as surround's! I will be purchasing another pair for Dolby Atmos soon!

Pros: Small and light speakers that produce big and heavy sound.

Cons: None.

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Great deal on fantastic sounding speakers!

Gary from Newnan, GA on 2/26/2019

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Awesome sounding speakers! Great value!

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Exactly what I was looking for.

Crutchfield customer from Dunn, NC on 2/18/2019

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These speakers are exactly what I was looking for to complete my atmos setup. They look good and sound great.

Pros: Aesthetically pleasing. Sound much better than my previous set of atmos speakers.

Cons: Price was higher than I would have liked, even though they were on sale. However, you get what you pay for, so assuming they last a long time, it will be worth it.

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Crutchfield customer from Surprise, AZ on 2/17/2019

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These speakers are great!! I have two pairs...one pair is set on top of my surrounds and the other pair is on the wall as front heights. Sound awesome!!

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Great Atmos Add-on speakers

Fred from Moline, IL on 2/4/2019

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They work great for Atmos.

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Klipsch Atmos

Crutchfield customer from Gibson, IA on 2/3/2019

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Great product! Klipsch always delivers!

Pros: They sound excellent and match my existing system.

Cons: none yet

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Rene from Pflugerville, TX on 1/7/2019

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Using them for my 11.3.4 system as dolby atmos speakers. Cannot say how happy I was that I purchased them. As someone before me mentioned....'worth every penny". I agree.

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Crutchfield customer from Pleasant Hill, CA on 12/25/2018

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Bought them for surround sound and Atmos for out home theater- they are incredible. Worth every prnny

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Flawed face/veneer grain pattern

Scott from New Port Richey, FL on 12/17/2018

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I was very, very disappointed that these speakers look gray, instead of black on top of my Klipsch cherry finish towers - especially in daylight. Nothing like the photos. Should have opted for the piano black finish (at a premium - seriously?) Also there is a bad pattern flaw on the front face the plasti-wood veneer of one speaker. It looks like a knockoff or a scratch and dent compared to my other Klipsch speakers.

Pros: Magnetic grill cover is excellent. Foot pads and wall mount options a plus.

Cons: Not available in cherry, or in dark black - without gouging customer. Grain pattern was flawed and glaringly obvious on one speaker. I have owned Klipsch for 22 years and quality/price ratio is slipping.

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RP-500SA

Ernest from Santa Cruz, CA on 12/14/2018

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Fantastic. Using 4 of them with my Klipsch/Anthem AVM 60/Velodyne sub set up and they perform very well.7.2.4 sounds great.The Atmos experience is really immersive with these speakers.They are solidly built ,heavy, as are all Klipsch speakers. I am a Klipsch guy for over 25 years. Could not be more pleased.They are keepers.Highly recommended.

Pros: Full Atmos experience.Solid build quality.

Cons: none

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Adonis from Fair Lawn, NJ on 12/11/2018

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Awesome,Klipsch reference premiere RP 500 SA are SUPERB a lot of power and excellent sound.Thanks to Dante for help me to pick the right one.

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Kyle from North Wales, PA on 12/10/2018

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Dove right into ATMOS soundtracks once I got these hooked up and never looked back. They added a nice sense of expanded soundstage for movies. Quality is on par with the usual Klipsch builds, fit and finish are wonderful, and they have been a nice addition to my full Klipsch speaker setup, consisting of RF7-III, RC-64 III, RP280F and SVS subs. I am hoping to mount them on the wall soon, for now I'm using the "Ceiling Bounce" mode. Because of the sheer size and volume of my RF7-III I did need to bump up the levels on these a bit but found a nice level I'm happy with.

Pros: Awesome Klipsch build quality and sound as expected.

Cons: None

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Adam from Quincy, IL on 11/26/2018

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Bought 4 of these bad boys. Its klipsch what more could you ask for!

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Features

Dolby Atmos Elevation Speaker: Enhance your home theater system with the overhead sound effects of the Klipsch RP-500SA Dolby Atmos speaker. By leveraging Klipsch proprietary horn-loaded controlled directivity technology, the RP-500SA bounces sound off the ceiling to create an astonishing, immersive listening experience.

Note: Dolby Atmos delivers captivating, object-based sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room to bring entertainment alive all around the audience. With Dolby Atmos sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill a home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail and depth. Learn more out Dolby Atmos here.

Application & Mounting Options: In addition to delivering overhead sound effects as a Dolby Atmos speaker topper for Klipsch and other brands of floorstanding and bookshelf loudspeakers; the RP-500SA is designed to be wall-mounted as a front, rear or side elevation speaker; or as a versatile side or rear surround sound speaker. There is a threaded keyhole slot on the back, as well as four integrated rubber feet on the bottom of the speaker.

  • Dolby Atmos "Topper" Dimensions: Keep in mind the RP-500SA's dimensions when using it as a Dolby Atmos topper, as it must be able to rest on top of your floorstanding or bookshelf loudspeaker. It measures 6.8125" (w) x 7.4375" (h) x 11.1875".
  • Wall-Mount Dimensions: When wall mounted, the RP-500SA measures 6.8125" (w) x 11.1875" (h) x 7.4375" (d).
Note: The RP-500SA features a rear-panel crossover swtich that changes between Atmos and Surround speaker modes, for optimized performance as a Dolby Atmos Elevation speaker, or a wall-mounted side or rear surround.

1" Horn-Loaded Tweeter: The Klipsch RP-500SA loudspeaker features a 1" Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with a Hybrid Tractrix Horn technology exceptional high frequency response, detail, and dispersion. Klipsch proprietary Tractrix horn-loaded technology ensures high-frequency energy of the RP-500SA speakers are aimed directly at the listener and reduces unwanted, artificial reverb caused by indirect sound bouncing off walls - meaning you experience the most clear, detailed, lifelike sound possible.

  • Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter: The titanium tweeter diaphragm's light weight yet rigid composition exceeds the performance of aluminum, polymer or silk tweeters. A vented tweeter design reduces standing waves behind the tweeter diaphragm for a smoother high frequency reproduction. Klipsch award-winning Linear Travel Suspension technology leverages a piston motion of the titanium diaphragm that lowers distortion and delivers real-to-life sound. A ceramic magnet housing provides premium performance,
  • Hybrid Tractrix Horn Technology: This redesigned 90°x90° Hybrid Tractrix Horn utilizes a circular horn throat paired to a square horn mouth to further improve high-frequency response and extension, while enhancing imaging and dynamics. The Hybrid Tractrix Horn's compressed molded silicon face adds high frequency damping to reduce harshness and horn resonance for a smoother frequency response with improved detail - creating a clean and natural sound. Klipsch also utilizes computer modeled phase plugs that act as a mechanical filter to further ensure a smooth, flat frequency response while protecting the tweeter from damage.

5.25" Cerametallic Woofer: The RP-500SA loudspeaker utilizes a 5.25" Klipsch Proprietary Cerametallic woofer. Cerametallic consists of extremely light, rigid materials that can hold shape while being able to deliver lower frequencies with maximum efficiency. The Klipsch Cerametallic cone is matted to a dual-layer, copper-wound voice coil for exceptional conductivity. The 5.25" woofer is housed in a non-resonating, stamped-steel basket that's secured to a large magnet motor for exceptional efficiency and low distortion.

MDF Cabinet: The Klipsch RP-500SA speaker features a MDF cabinet with a scratch-resistant, textured wood grain vinyl that seamlessly integrates into almost any room or decor. The enclosure's reinforced MDF construction reduces cabinet vibration for less audible coloration and improved sonic accuracy. The MDF enclosure also features a satin painted baffle with a scratch resistant design for an elegant look without the grille.

Acoustically Transparent Grille: The Klipsch RP-500SA loudspeaker comes with a removable, black cloth grille that is magnetic and acoustically transparent. This strong magnetic grille provides protection and a sleek aesthetic look to compliment your home's decor.

Binding Posts: The Klipsch Reference Premiere series speaker is fitted with sturdy  binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of cable and connectors. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-lugs and bare wire (up to 10AWG). Two plastic caps will need to be removed to use banana plugs.

Reference Premiere Series: The Klipsch Reference Premiere series utilizes a redesigned hybrid 90°x90° Tractrix Horn, a vented LTS titanium tweeter, Cerametallic woofer construction, and Tractrix geometry port technology for sound that will envelope you and blow you away. The Reference Premiere series by Klipsch consists of a variety of floorstanding, bookshelf, center, and surround speakers (all sold separately). Click on the Accessories Tab to find more Reference Premiere series speakers for your home system.

Optional Powered Sub: For bigger & deeper bass response, pair the Klipsch Reference Premiere series loudspeaker with one of Klipsch's powered subwoofers (sold separately - click on Accessories Tab).

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great reputation and I need two reflecting Atmos speakers! [ Michael  Aug 08, 2019 ]
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Performance/price [ O  Jul 01, 2019 ]
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I have 2-rp8000 , 2- r-110sw, 2- rp 502s and a rp504c why would I buy some inferior speaker after all Klipsch is one of the best. [ Peter  May 21, 2019 ]
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Jenny helped me out. [ Johnny  Feb 09, 2019 ]
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Did not want to buy new towers to get Dolby Atmos as my RF-3s have been going strong for many years, so these sitting on top were the best choice, plus the larger driver (than 140s) was better for my setup. [ THOMAS  Nov 16, 2018 ]
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I LIKE THE PRICE [ DONALD  Nov 15, 2018 ]
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Because the versatility [ Pedro C. Pagan  Oct 27, 2018 ]
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Because they match my Polk S60's [ ANDREW  Feb 25, 2019 ]
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Absolutely love my other Klipsch speakers, so choosing these to add to my system for Dolby Atmos is a no-brainer. Just wish they offered therse in cherry finish, to match them. [ Rick R.  Feb 18, 2019 ]
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Have some Klipsch bookshelf speakers that match, but mostly specs showed these could handle more power than other atmos height speakers. Didn't want to start over with floor standing speakers, thought this addition would be great without installing ceiling speakers. [ Jeff  Nov 23, 2018 ]
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can I use 2 pair of these speakers as both my back and rear surrounds ans set all four to Dolby Atmos in conjunction with a Klipsch RP8060FA in front?
[ James  Aug 10, 2019 ]
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If you already own them sure, but Klipsch sells bookshelf speakers about the same size and quality for a much lower price than these specialty speakers.
[ troy  Aug 10, 2019 ]
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Yes. You can set them up however you wish using your receiver's menus. Keep in mind these speaker are actually bigger than the pictures lead you to believe. They sound amazing
[ Matt  Aug 10, 2019 ]
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What is the sensitivity of this speaker? There is no specific information about this any where
[ Sriram  Nov 30, 2018 ]
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I've searched too and only found where they said it conforms to dolby atmos specifications(whatever these are).
[ Craig  Dec 05, 2018 ]
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Can you mount on the ceiling facing down for atmos?
[ Chris  Nov 19, 2018 ]
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Sorry no; there is no provision for the speakers to be ceiling mounted. They can be placed on top of your front left & right (tower or bookshelf) speakers, firing upwards to bounce the effects off the ceiling (and back down into the listening area) or they can be wall-mounted for use as side or rear surround sound speaker. They have a rear-panel crossover switch that changes between Atmos and Surround speaker modes for optimized performance.
[ Ryan  Nov 24, 2018 ]  Staff
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If I install them as elevated Atmos speakers, do I leave the switch on Atmos or do I change it to surround?
[ Felix  Dec 28, 2018 ]
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Leave it on Atmos
[ Matt  Dec 30, 2018 ]
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i'm sorry,i can't answer that question because i put the Atmos on top of the front speakers.
[ ADONIS H  Dec 28, 2018 ]
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I currently have my speakers on surround while elevate on my wall because my receiver does not have atmos. But when it is upgraded I will change the switch to atmos.
[ LaTasha  Dec 28, 2018 ]

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