– [Andru] I am in the middle
of setting up my home theater Dolby Atmos system, and
today I’m going to tell you about the Klipsch Reference Liner speakers that I’ve chosen to fill
out my Dolby Atmos setup. What’s going on, Tech
Squad? Andru Edwards here, editor-in-chief at GearLive.com. 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 middle of 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 work to give you the next generation of home theater sound.
– Right. – Dolby Atmos has come to the home now. – [Techno Dad] Right.
– [Andru] Some people may not even realize what are
we even talking about. So what is Dolby Atmos,
and why is it something that 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. Above you. There’s this part in “Rogue
Nation,” which was awesome… You know, he hits a motorcycle,
and the motorcycle goes ba-bum, ba-bum, ba-bum…
– Wow. – Over the car, and you hear it go ba-bum, ba-bum, ba-bum, behind you… Above you, behind you…
– Yup. – It’s pretty awesome. – It’s amazing. I love it. As I mentioned in the
open, Klipsch sent over a full Dolby Atmos surround
sound configuration. They sent over 7.2.4, 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 room to 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 7.1.4, now it’s like, just picture a globe. – Right, and so 7.1 would be
seven speakers and one sub. – Correct.
– When you add the point-four that 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. – Right. 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 surrounds because 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 obviously if you’re choosing speakers
you’re choosing based on sound. – Correct.
– What is it about the sound that impresses you about them? – Well you know, I’m a musician. Every time I listen to them,
they have this kind of clarity and tone that’s just pleasing to me. – So big shout-out to
Klipsch for sending over these 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 TVs with reference-level picture, you know, and you get movies shot in 6K with a 4K digital intermediate, that’s going to be a
reference-level picture. – OK.
– So the reference is like the highest benchmark that you can have for 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 things I did incorrectly.
– Sure. – 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 video and 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 out and get the best benefit,
the best bang for your buck with all the money you dropped on this configuration.
– Sure. So the basic configuration
is you have your left, 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 speakers out of everything.
– Yeah. That’s where the majority of your information is coming from. The center channel is
huge, and I see you’ve got that 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 vocals coming out from the front. If you have gunfire
coming out, guess where, it’s coming from the center channel. – Right. – 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.
– OK. – 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 videos on 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. – Correct.
– 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 at your listening, at your couch.
– Right. – 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… – Right.
– It’d be fine. – Now the other thing I have
in here are the two subwoofers, and you wanted to talk a little bit about 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 them anywhere that you want, which is nice, especially in home theater, because you may not be able to put them… – Straight up against the wall. – Exactly.
– 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 to waste your money.
– Best bang for your buck. So the reason to go dual-subwoofer is 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 subwoofers and 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. – Exactly.
– So, as I mentioned, we’ve got four modules here, two of them built into the rears and 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 better if you’re bouncing it off the ceiling. How would you go about setting that up? – I would put the integrated Atmos module with the floor standing
speaker in the front, and then when you’re setting up your surround sound speakers,
meaning the speakers to the left and right of your listening area, then you can kind of turn it a little bit to 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 listen to 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 have a lot more Atmos going on.
– OK. So what if you’re watching content that 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 music on your fronts and your surrounds is 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 music coming 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…
– Working. – 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.
– 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 speaker and it’ll stay a good speaker as 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 money on 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 cover which speakers should you buy first. So if you are on a limited budget, or let’s say you have
$5-600, and instead of going for a little small home theater in a box, you want to get something
actually that’s good and 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 surrounds and the Atmos setup later.
– Right. – 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. Drop a Like if you enjoyed it. Click or tap on my face
when you see it appear at the bottom of the screen. I’m Andru Edwards, and I’ll
catch you in the next video. (rocking electronic music)