Best Dolby Atmos Speakers for 2017

Posted Fri May 12, 2017 at 03:11 PM PDT by
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With so many awesome home theater gear options out there, figuring out exactly which model to buy, or what features you need, can be daunting. Thankfully, High-Def Digest has you covered. Welcome to Home Theater 101 where we'll be explaining emerging technologies while also recommending the very best possible A/V gadgets n' gear you can buy at your particular budget level. 

Dolby Atmos & DTS:X have taken the surround sound experience to the next level, allowing users to add overhead audio to their home theater setups. And in order to achieve this, customers now have a variety of speaker types to choose from, including in-ceiling speakers that can be installed above the listening position; speakers with integrated up-firing drivers that can bounce sound off of a ceiling to simulate audio from above; and add-on modules with up-firing drivers that can be placed on top of existing speakers.

With all these options in mind, we're going to list a few great Dolby Atmos speaker solutions for every price point. Likewise, all of these products should work with DTS:X audio as well. From inexpensive add-on modules to premium floor-standing models, these are our picks for the year's best Dolby Atmos speakers. So, without further ado, here are HDD's 

BEST DOLBY ATMOS SPEAKERS FOR 2017

Note: All listed prices reflect current Amazon discounts at press time and do not include taxes.

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Onkyo SKH-410 Dolby Atmos-Enabled Modules ($125 per pair) - One of the most affordable Dolby Atmos modules currently on the market, these add-on speakers are designed to be placed on a customer's existing floor-standing front speakers (like the Onkyo SKF-4800). The modules feature rull-range, acoustic-suspension up-firing angled drivers with 8 cm (3 1/4 inch) Paper Cone Transducer woofers, allowing them to bounce sound off of the ceiling to simulate audio from above.

 

Polk Audio V60 In-Ceiling Speakers ($197 per pair) - For users looking for an inexpensive in-ceiling solution, the V60 speakers offer solid performance without breaking the bank. Designed with Dolby Atmos use in mind, these speakers feature a swivel mount high-performance ¾" aimable silk dome tweeter and 6 ½" Dynamic Balance polypropylene cones. Likewise, the V60 uses Polk's patented Rotating Cam System to ensure secure, vibration-free installation.

Pioneer SP-T22A-LR Add-on Speaker Modules ($200 per pair) - Another budget-friendly add-on speaker option, these Atmos modules from Pioneer are designed to sit on top of a user's existing speakers, adding an up-firing driver for height effects. Though they are compatible with any flat top speaker from any brand, the modules are specifically geared toward use with Pioneer's SP-BS22-LR compact speaker or SP-FS52 floorstanding speakers. The add-ons feature a concentric driver including a 4" woofer and 1/2" tweeter. Full review here

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SVS Prime Elevation Speakers ($400 per pair) - Acting as a more installation friendly alternative to an actual in-ceiling speaker, these Elevation Speakers from SVS are designed to serve as a versatile Dolby Atmos or DTS:X height solution with flexible placement options. Likewise, the unit can also be used as a center, front, LCR, side surround and/or rear surround speaker when ideal placement in a room isn't possible. The speaker features a 1" Tweeter and 4.5" Woofer. Full review here!

Klipsch RP-140SA Dolby Atmos Speaker Module ($500 per pair) - With a 1-inch Linear Travel Suspension Titanium Tweeter, 4-Inch Spun Copper Cerametallic Cone Woofers, and 90x90 Hybrid Tractrix Horn, the RP-140SA offers more robust up-firing performance compared to some of the budget models listed above. And though they can be used with any existing floor-standing or bookshelf speakers, they make a particularly great addition to the Klipsch RP-260F Floorstanders to help create a full Klipsch Reference Premiere Series speaker setup.

Pioneer Elite SP-EBS73-LR Bookshelf Speakers ($749 per pair) - For those hoping to avoid the need for an extra Atmos module or in-ceiling solution, these bookshelf speakers from Pioneer actually include an integrated up-firing driver for Atmos audio. Suitable to serve as a user's front or surround speakers, the units feature a 4" Concentric Aluminum Mid-Range with 1" Tweeter and a 5 ¼" Aluminum Woofer, along with an extra 4" Concentric Aluminum Mid-Range with 1" Soft Dome Tweeter mounted on top to simulate overhead sound effects. Designed to be used as part of a full Pioneer Elite Dolby Atmos system along with the Pioneer Elite SP-EFS73 Dolby-Atmos FloorstandersPioneer Elite SP-EC73 Center Channel, and Pioneer Elite SW-E10 300-Watt Powered Subwoofer.

Klipsch CDT-5800-C II In-Ceiling Speaker ($798 per pair) - While up-firing drivers are a solid solution for customers who don't want the hassle of in-ceiling installation, the best overhead effects will still come from actual overhead speakers -- and these high-performance models from Klipsch are a great option. The speakers feature a 1" Titanium Tweeter and an 8" Pivoting Cerametallic Woofer. And they work particularly well with a full Klipsch Reference Premiere Series speaker setup.

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KEF R50 Dolby Atmos Module ($1,200 per pair) - These audiophile up-firing modules offer step-up performance thanks to KEF's patented Uni-Q driver array with a 1 inch tweeter and 5.25 inch mid-range driver. The units can be placed on top of existing floorstanding speakers or bookshelf speakers, and have been designed specifically to complement the company's R Series and Reference Series. Full Review Here!

Pioneer Elite SP-EFS73 Floorstanding Speakers ($1,400 per pair) - These premium floorstanding speakers from Pioneer feature a 4" Concentric Aluminum Mid-Range with 1" Tweeter and 3 5¼" Aluminum Woofers, along with an additional integrated 4" Concentric Aluminum Mid-Range driver with 1" Soft Dome Tweeter mounted on top to simulate overhead sound effects, saving customers the need to buy an extra module or in-ceiling solution. Designed to be used as part of a full Pioneer Elite Dolby Atmos system along with the Pioneer Elite SP-EBS73-LR Bookshelf SpeakersPioneer Elite SP-EC73 Center Channel, and Pioneer Elite SW-E10 300-Watt Powered Subwoofer.

Klipsch RP-280FA Floorstanding Speakers ($1,598 per pair) - One of the most robust Dolby Atmos speaker solutions on this list, the RP-280FA features a 1" Titanium Dome LTS Tweeter with Hybrid Tractrix Horn for high frequencies and dual 8" Cerametallic Cone Woofers for low frequencies, along with a built-in height elevation Dolby Atmos speaker using a 1" Titanium Dome LTS Tweeter with Hybrid Tractrix Horn and a 6.5" Cerametallic Cone Woofer for simulated overhead effects. Designed to be used as part of a full Klipsch Reference Premiere Series speaker setup.


So, there you have it. Those are current top choices for the best Dolby Atmos speakers on the market. What do you think about our selection? Do you have any other Atmos speaker suggestions? Let us know in the forums! 

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