I was looking for 4 ceiling speakers to complete a 7.2.4 Atmos system when I came across these. The rest of the system is as follows:
Front L/R: BP8040ST
Surround L/R: BP8040ST
Surround Back L/R: SR8080BP
Subs: 2 x SVS SB2000
Given that everything except the subs comes from the Definitive Technology 8000 series, I had originally been looking at the DT8R. The Polk VT60 has very similar specs (though single tweeter vs dual tweeters in the Def Tech), but at $50 a piece on sale versus $200+ for the DT8R I was willing to give them a try. Apart from cost considerations, the cutout for the DT8R is slightly bigger than for the VT60, so it wouldn't have been the end of the world to swap them out if I ended up not liking the Polks.
Upon opening the boxes, I was quite impressed with the construction quality of the VT60s. This doesn't look or feel like a $50 or $100 speaker, and I will note here that there is a Polk V60 which appears to be identical in every regard but which lists for $200 each. The VT60 is a Best Buy only model.
I'll spare you the gory details of what "fun" it was installing the 4 Polks into an existing construction ceiling that wasn't wired for speakers. Let's just say that it wasn't an afternoon that I would care to repeat.
With everything hooked up and Audyssey XT32 run to calibrate it all, I ran some Atmos demos. Incidentally Audyssey set the crossover for the Polks at 80Hz so they can definitely get down low for such a small speaker.
I immediately knew that this was a good decision. If you've ever watched the Amaze demo, the rain seemed to be coming from above - not in an easily locatable way, but in a diffuse, enveloping way. Awesome!
Just for fun I tried listening to some music with all channels engaged. Missy Elliott's "Get Your Freak On" was huge fun with "Holler!" rolling around the room from every side and also from above. Not how I usually listen to music, but actually a very cool twist for certain genres.
Recently we watched the "Last Samurai". There's a scene where assassins are attacking Katsumoto's village, and they're creeping up the roof to begin their attack. This isn't an Atmos soundtrack by the way, but the Dolby Surround Upmixer does a phenomenal job sending appropriate content to the Atmos speakers. My wife about jumped out of her skin as it truly sounded as though the assassins were on our roof! The Polks did a fantastic job of producing every subtle footfall in phenomenal detail, and equally well at louder, deeper sounds as the attack was in full swing.
I could continue to praise the performance of these speakers with legitimate Atmos soundtracks like Passengers, Life, Gravity, John Wick, Oblivion etc (Life makes a lot of use of the height speakers with off-camera voices as well as effects). Suffice to say that they're staying right where they are, and I'm about to get a third pair for when 7.2.6 is realistically affordable.
Don't let the price put you off. These speakers are legitimate performers, affordable as opposed to cheap, and I suspect you'd have to spend an awful lot more to get a minimal improvement.