After stepping up to a larger 4K 75” TV and a 4K atmos receiver I was only missing the cherry on the top of the pie. When I built my house 10 years ago already had wires set for sorround back speakers, which never came to use, because my 5.2 system always sounded great, with awesome room accoustics.
After all these years Atmos gave me a strong reason to think about an upgrade, so I started researching the options. My preference was for high wall speakers because my cathedral ceilings wouldn’t work with the bouncing option, which may work well in specific rooms, and I’m not a fan of in ceiling speakers, even though this would have been my wife’s choice. Nothing beats the acoustics of a well designed traditional speaker. The speakers had to point downwards but I didn’t like bracket mounted bookshelf speakers either, it would look terrible in my family room. I kept debating with myself whether another speaker brand would match my B&W setup, who doesn’t offer a bevelled Atmos speaker. This quickly narrowed my options to this Klipsch RP-140 and SVS Prime Elevation. After reviewing both, ordering and cancelling SVS, I decided to move forward with Klipsch. I had various points for my decision: a much cleaner, less industrial design, not as tall, no additional mounting bracket, the angled wire connection on the top corner and tradition. Overall it is just a nicer looking product also agreed by my wife. SVS has a smart design but lacks refinement, IMO.
The installation was a breeze, one screw into the wall, slap on banana connectors and hang it up. I really liked the rubber feet on these units as it allows hooking to the wall with a slight press fit, keeping the speaker tightly put. All of these little details plus the nice magnetic cover with Dolby Atmos inscription are just nice parts to a refined design.
After the installation I was really anxious to hear how these Klipsch speakers would sound and blend in with the B&Ws. During the Audissey multi EQ XT32 calibration I got a little concerned because of the timbre difference being noticeable, and thought, worst case pack it up and return.
At first I tried out the Dolby Atmos demo videos included in the XBox Atmos app. The 360 degree forest demo and the Everest movie storm are two great scenes that would quickly reveal audible speaker mismatches. To my surprise I was not able to tell that the Atmos speakers were from a different brand. Rather the opposite in scenes with rain, wind or airplanes when the sound goes around all speakers in the room, all blended in fine. The new experience was a great WOW, bringing another level of sorround immersion since the introduction of Dolby Digital back in the 90s. I watched a couple of movies and will continue to listen with critical ears, waiting for the speakers to break in. So far in my opinion this upgrade is worth the money (different from 3D) and I hope the movie industry steps up also updating older movies (Star Wars). Needless to mention that Klipsch makes nice products at a fair price, making me a new fan. I love the new setup and believe that beveled speakers are the ideal solution for countless home theaters. I’m surprised that there aren’t more worthy options in the market, movie theathers have had this type speakers for many years.