• Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 Speaker Placement

  • A 7.1.4 system uses four ceiling speakers, or four Dolby Atmos enabled speakers or modules.

  • 7.1.4 Speaker Configuration

    Speaker placement for 7.1.4 upward-firing setup

    • Dolby Atmos speaker setups: What the 7.1.4 description means 

      [7] This refers to the number of traditional surround speakers (front, center, and surround). 

      [.1] The middle number refers to how many powered subwoofers you can connect to your receiver. 

      [.4] The final number refers to how many in-ceiling or upward-firing speakers are in your Dolby Atmos® setup.

      The configurations noted in this guide are illustrative. We recommend that any overhead speaker installation be performed by professional installers with experience in installing overhead speakers.

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  • Side view of 7.1.4 setup

    • If you're using Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, place them at the left front and right front locations, and at the left rear and right rear surround locations. 

      If you're using add-on modules, place them on top of the left front, right front, left rear surround, and right rear surround speakers, or within three feet of those speakers. Be sure the drivers are facing toward the ceiling. 

      You'll get the best sound when the front and surround speakers are at or slightly above your ear level when you're seated. Wall-mounted surrounds can be higher, but no speakers—especially Dolby Atmos enabled modules—should be higher than half the height of your wall. 

      The angles shown in all diagrams represent the ideal placement range relative to your listening position. 

      Ceiling Height and Materials 

      The ideal ceiling height is between 7.5 and 12 feet, and the maximum recommended height is 14 feet. The ceiling should be flat and made from an acoustically reflective material, such as drywall or plaster.

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