Dolby Atmos has moved the whole surround sound experience to another level. Rather than the traditional flat soundstage that came before, Dolby Atmos adds height to the surround sound equation through the installation of dedicated ceiling speakers.
Overhead sounds from a movie soundtrack, like a helicopter flyby, for example, can now exist independently from the channel mix, creating a level of realism unheard until now.
To take advantage of this, you’ll need to get a set of the Best Ceiling Speakers For Dolby Atmos, which will allow you to appreciate this latest innovation. To help you along the way, we decided to compile this list to make your decision a whole lot easier.
So, let’s go through them and find the perfect Dolby Atmos Ceiling Speakers for you, starting with our…
Top 9 Best Ceiling Speakers For Dolby Atmos of 2023
|Product||No. of speakers||Drivers||Audio Quality||Price||Rating|
No. of speakers
|(3 / 5)||(2 / 5)||(4.7 / 5)|
No. of speakers
|(3 / 5)||(3 / 5)||(4.8 / 5)|
No. of speakers
|(4 / 5)||(3 / 5)||(4.7 / 5)|
No. of speakers
|(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(4.8 / 5)|
Pyle Pro PWRC82 Ceiling Speaker
No. of speakers
Two ½” tweeters
|(2 / 5)||(1 / 5)||(4.7 / 5)|
No. of speakers
|(1 / 5)||(1 / 5)||(4.7 / 5)|
Klipsch R-1650-C Ceiling Speaker
No. of speakers
|(2 / 5)||(2 / 5)||(4.6 / 5)|
No. of speakers
|(4 / 5)||(4 / 5)||(4.8 / 5)|
Bose Virtually Invisible 791-II
No. of speakers
Two 1” tweeters
|(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(4.4 / 5)|
1 Micca M-8C – Easiest to Install Dolby Atmos Ceiling Speaker
We start with the Micca M-8C. It’s one of the cheaper ceiling speakers on this list. However, it only comes as a single unit, and you’ll need two to get the best out of a Dolby Atmos surround system. Being a single speaker, Micca has designed it to emit stereo sound from the solo unit. You’ll definitely want to use the M-8C together with other speakers to achieve the ideal tonal range.
A 1-inch tweeter and 8-inch woofer produce a punchy and lively sound. There’s plenty of subtlety in the higher range that mixes in well with a quite powerful lower end.
Plenty of bass…
Furthermore, considering the low price, there is a startling amount of bass produced by the M-8C. If you weren’t using them as a part of a surround setup, they almost pack enough bass to get away without buying a separate subwoofer.
Distortion-free sound quality is the name of the game here, even when cranked up to higher volumes. Also, directional sound capabilities are provided by the 1-inch tweeter, which can pivot to project the audio.
Style and simplicity…
Design-wise, the Micca M-8C has a pretty minimalist look. A detachable grille can be removed if you prefer to see your drivers in action. The Grille can also be painted if you want it to blend in naturally with the color of your ceiling.
Installation is a breeze. Once the correct size hole has been made, all you need is a screwdriver to attach the speaker via the simple mounting tabs.
Bought as part of a 5.1.2 system (the most common setup for Dolby Atmos home cinema), these speakers will do a nice job of providing that extra layer of height that Atmos creates. They offer a good soundscape at a very reasonable price and deserve consideration as one of the best.
- Top-notch value for money.
- The audio quality of a more expensive speaker.
- No installation worries.
- The detachable grille comes loose occasionally.
2 Polk Audio RC80i 2-way Ceiling Speaker – Most Versatile Dolby Atmos Ceiling Speakers
The second item on our list is this awesome little pair of ceiling speakers from Polk Audio. The RC80i 2-way speakers come equipped with an 8-inch dynamic woofer and a 1-inch ring radiator tweeter. Both are capable of delivering a beautifully balanced frequency range. Additionally, the tweeter is mounted on a pivot that can swivel 15 degrees in your preferred direction.
Whether as part of your surround sound home theatre system or to appreciate your music using Dolby Atmos, the versatility of these speakers will meet any requirements.
Versatile and discrete…
Built using durable, moisture-resistant materials, the Polk RC80i can be used in a variety of environments. Living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, saunas, and outdoor patios that are shielded from the elements are all potential places of use.
Polk has opted for a refined and unflashy design that will mold into the décor of any home seamlessly. They’re about as inconspicuous as 8-inch ceiling speakers could be. You’ll hardly notice them, especially if you paint the detachable grille a similar color to the ceiling.
Quick and easy…
Installation is made as straightforward as possible. Once you’ve cut the correct sized hole, all you have to do is connect the wiring and fix the speaker in position. Rotating cams lock the unit firmly in position. It couldn’t be simpler. You don’t even need a screwdriver!
The audio quality of the Polk RC80i is impressive enough. Trebles have an intense clarity that sparkles well, and the mid ranges are positioned well. Vocals and lead instrumentation are delivered well when listening to music, classical in particular. Bass has some heft to it without knocking you off your feet.
The perfect accompaniment…
As you’ll likely be using these as part of a surround setup, they’ll handle any overhead projected sound with no problems whatsoever. All in all, they provide a nicely rounded sound stage that will compliment your Dolby Atmos-enabled system very well.
- Balanced sound stage.
- Moisture resistant.
- Good value.
- Ease of installation.
- Unobtrusive design.
- Lacking in bass extension.
3 Polk Audio 70-RT 3-Way Ceiling Speaker – Best Value for Your Money Dolby Atmos Ceiling Speaker
Stepping up the price ladder, we have the 70-RT 3-way speaker, again from Polk Audio. They come as a single unit, so you’ll want to buy two of these to fully appreciate what Dolby Atmos can bring to a surround sound home theatre system.
With the increase in price comes a definite step up in audio quality. The 70-RT has a very sweet and smooth mid-range. This is down to the fact that, unlike most ceiling speakers of this size, it has three drivers. Specifically with one for the mid-range. As a result, it doesn’t have to compromise mid-range for bass response.
Good tight bass is also delivered. It’s not huge, but it’s most definitely present, which is all you can really ask from a small ceiling speaker. Coupled with detailed highs that are never harsh and you have a very pleasant sound profile.
Furthermore, response to reflectivity is something you should think about when buying ceiling speakers. Reflective surfaces and bright colors can distort the higher frequencies. The Polk 70-RT has a button that reduces the tweeter levels in such a situation. A nice touch indeed.
Installation made easy…
Screw down clamps fix things in place once the correct hole is cut. Bear in mind that the 70-RT is deeper and heavier than most ceiling speakers, so you’ll need to make sure there’s enough room in your ceiling space.
A slick all-black design means you could install these with the grille off; they look that good. Alternatively, the magnetically-attached grille can be painted to blend in with the ceiling.
All of this makes the Polk Audio 70-RT one of the best Dolby Atmos ceiling speakers currently available.
- Smooth mid-range.
- 3-way drivers
- Reflective setting.
- Classy design.
- Needs more ceiling space.
4 Klipsch CDT-5800-C II Ceiling Speaker – Most Durable Dolby Atmos Ceiling Speakers
The second most expensive speaker on our list is the Klipsch CDT-5800-C II. Expensive it is, but certainly not overpriced. It’s crammed full of the latest technology and is capable of a beautifully textured sound.
A ceramic and metal 8-inch woofer produces an impressive bass that packs quite the punch for its size. So much so that you could actually use these in tandem and get away with the need for an external sub-woofer. A 15 degree pivoting ability in all directions also adds another layer of audio ability.
The ultimate in adjustment…
The 1-inch horn-loaded titanium tweeter uses ‘controlled dispersion technology,’ which helps spread the sound to the far reaches of any room. Swivel mounting also enhances the tweeter’s directional capabilities. Mid-range and treble also have adjustability thanks to attenuation switches. This model stands alone in that respect.
All this high-end technology comes together to create an expansive soundstage by itself. Added to a Dolby Atmos set-up, and they come into their own. The Klipsch CDT-5800-C II also holds up exceptionally well at high volume with no distortion detected.
Using high-grade materials, you should expect a longer lifespan from these top-notch speakers. Installation is a piece of cake, and the slim profile guarantees placement in most locations with no problems.
It’s rare we can’t find anything to criticize in a speaker, but the Klipsch CDT-5650-C II has no obvious failings. Cheap it isn’t, but a sound this sexy earns its price tag.
- Impressive soundstage.
- Innovative audio technology.
- Customizable sound.
- High quality build.
- High price point.
5 Pyle Pro PWRC82 Ceiling Speaker – Best Bluetooth Dolby Atmos Ceiling Speakers
These 8-inch, 2-way ceiling speakers from Pyle can be bought as a pair or a set of four. They’re right near the lower end of our price scale. Yet, they are versatile and sound pretty good considering the low cost. Interestingly, they also offer Bluetooth streaming, a useful feature in our highly connected world.
The audio performance, although clean, doesn’t have a lot of bass response going on from the 8-inch woofer. They have the least amount of ‘oomph’ of all the speakers on this list. They may not have a lot of grunt, but they can certainly get pretty loud, pushing out an impressive 400W of distortion-free sound.
Treble and mids are reproduced with a good level of detail through ½ inch dual tweeters that are mounted on directional swivels. Paired up with a decent subwoofer as they’ll be in a Dolby Atmos arrangement, they’ll do the job just fine.
Where you want, how you want…
As with all the speakers featured here, installation shouldn’t present any problems. Clamp mounts secure the unit once in place. A magnetic and paintable grille makes it very easy to adjust the directional tweeters if you need to. They’ll blend in well with your décor as well.
Oh, and did we mention that they can also be used outdoors or in a humid environment as they are classed as weather-proof.
The Pyle Pro PWRC82 is one of the cheaper models on our list, and whilst exceptionally good value, you’re getting the audio chops the price merits with Bluetooth thrown in.
- Bargain price.
- Bluetooth connectivity.
- Subtle design.
- Lack of bass response.
6 Goldwood Acoustic Audio R191 Ceiling Speakers – Best Budget Dolby Atmos Ceiling Speakers
Another ultra-budget option is the Goldwood Acoustic Audio R191 speaker, which comes in a pack of five for the same price as some of the mid-priced single speakers on this list.
A 5.25-inch woofer constructed from a rigid polypropylene cone produces a solid enough bass for its size. A 12mm dome tweeter handles the high frequencies accurately and cleanly enough, although beware of a little distortion when the volume starts getting near the 200W maximum output.
You won’t even notice they are there…
Installation is going to require a little more work with this number of speakers, but once the holes are cut out, a simple clamping mount keeps everything in place effectively. Paintable grilles ensure a subtle and unobtrusive finish that won’t spoil your living room.
There’s not a lot more to say about the Acoustic Audio R191. If you’re on a really tight budget, they are completely acceptable speakers to compliment your Home theatre system. As for being the absolute best ceiling speakers for Dolby Atmos, though, they are not.
- Good value.
- Lifeless sound.
- Lengthy installation.
7 Klipsch R-1650-C Ceiling Speaker – Best Entry Level Dolby Atmos Ceiling Speaker
The Klipsch R-1650-C is a low-end ceiling speaker, coming in at a fraction of the price of its technologically advanced stablemate, the CDT-5800-C II.
140 watts of power are driven by a 6.5-inch polymer cone woofer, and a 1-inch tweeter coaxially mounted to distribute the sound over as wide an area as possible. Audio quality is very much on par with the cheaper models on our list.
Great for the low-mids…
The bass and mid-range are handled by the woofer, with the focus certainly more on the lower mid-range delivery than the bass. Although the bass is present, it has very little punch worth talking about. The trebles are probably the best part of the sound profile. They’re clean and detailed, without any distortion, even with the volume cranked right up.
You wouldn’t want to rely on these speakers to deliver a satisfying experience independently. However, as part of a Dolby Atmos surround cinema set-up, they are capable enough to do what’s required of them.
Come rain, come shine…
Paintable grilles and a simple mounting system make the Klipsch R-1650-C as easy to install and as well camouflaged as most ceiling speakers. They are also moisture-proof in case you are planning to install these in a humid setting.
You’re getting what you pay for with this speaker, no-frills functionality with an acceptable if unexciting sound profile.
- Durable build.
- Good treble reproduction.
- Lack of any real bass.
- Similarly priced competition sounds better.
8 Polk Audio 265-RT 3-way Ceiling Speaker – Best Sound Performance Dolby Atmos Ceiling Speaker
Now for something a little bit different. The Polk Audio 265-RT is a 3-way ceiling speaker with a much larger rectangular design housing the three driver set-up. With a 21-inch height, 9-inch width, and 4-inch depth, you’ll need a lot more space to accommodate this speaker. As usual, the magnetically detachable grille can be painted to subtly blend into the surroundings.
Two 6.5-inch drivers handle the bass and mid-range frequencies, and a single 1-inch tweeter takes care of the treble. A bass port helps boost the low-end response significantly. The 265-RT can handle up to 200W of power. That means things can get very loud if paired with a suitable amplifier.
Polk has included a couple of smart acoustic settings. First is the same reflective attenuation switch featured in their 70-RT model. The tweeter level can be adjusted for rooms with lots of reflective surfaces (glass, tiles, etc.).
Second, is a switch allows for bass adjustment. The size of the recess behind the speaker can make things sound boomy, and this switch will help compensate for that.
The 3-way driver set-up delivers a very well balanced sound profile. There’s plenty of punchy bass on offer here, complemented by defined and detailed mids and treble.
We’re not sure you need quite this much power when using these as surround speakers in a Dolby Atmos set-up. Either way, they’re over-equipped to handle whatever gets thrown at them in this situation and will perform admirably.
- High-quality audio.
- Actual bass.
- Acoustic settings.
- Quite expensive for a single speaker.
- Large for a ceiling speaker.
9 Bose Virtually Invisible 791-II – Best Premium Dolby Atmos Ceiling Speakers
Right at the top of the price range and more than twice as expensive as any other speaker featured in this review is the Bose Virtually Invisible 791-II. It comes as a pair that goes some way to help you deal with the pounding your wallet has taken. Bose has a reputation for over-inflating the price of their products, and that is certainly the case here.
However, if we ignore the large price tag, it’s hard to make a case against such a well-finished product. They get the name ‘virtually invisible’ due to the thin profile. Measuring just 4.4-inches in depth, they will fit in almost any ceiling space comfortably. A paintable grille helps disguise their presence.
A signature sound…
Sound quality is up there with the best on this list. The 7-inch woofer is accompanied by two 1-inch tweeters that are nicely positioned to extend the sound to the far reaches of any room. Bose’s signature sound profile is well employed, presenting a rich and detailed tonality and precision across the ranges.
It’s a sophisticated sound. However, we have to say that the Klipsch CDT-5800-C II, with its extra bass, has the preferable overall profile to our ears, and you’ll still be saving money even when buying two.
Quality comes at a cost…
To spend this sort of money on speakers that will be used as part of a Dolby Atmos surround set-up seems extravagant. But if you have the dough, the Bose Virtually Invisible certainly won’t disappoint. There’s just much better value and arguably sound to be had elsewhere.
- A textured and precise sound profile.
- Slick design.
- Two tweeters provide great projection.
- Excessively priced.
- Paying a premium for the Bose name.
Best Ceiling Speakers For Dolby Atmos Buying Guide
Before parting with your hard-earned cash on some high quality Dolby Atmos ceiling speakers, here are a few things to consider.
Ceiling speaker installation is relatively straightforward, and most DIY enthusiasts should be able to manage it without help. If, however, your basic electronics skills are lacking, then you’ll need professional help. This will significantly raise the overall cost of the project.
Make sure the ceiling speakers you buy have a degree of directional adjustability. Look for pivoted tweeters and, better still, the ability to angle the bass driver. Without this, the sound is likely to reflect off the floor, dampening the whole effect in the process.
It’s vital to ensure that your ceiling has the space to house your desired ceiling speaker. Pay particular attention to the speaker’s depth.
Old houses that utilize big wooden joists will have around 9-10-inches to play with, more than enough for any of the speakers featured here. Newer constructions don’t usually have as much room to play with. Make sure you’ve checked what you have to work with before buying.
Ceiling speaker driver sizes vary from 4-8 inches. It’s fair to say that larger drivers deliver superior sound quality, especially in the bass department. If your main priority is to hide the speakers in the ceiling, then the smaller, the better. If you want the best audio available, then big equals best.
Not something you want to overlook. Higher quality construction materials will improve not only the speaker performance but also its durability. A flexible surround and high woofer cone sensitivity are both important. High-temperature resistance is also a must.
So you’ve found a set of ceiling speakers that tick all the boxes, but how do they sound? Even if they are just going to be used as part of a Dolby Atmos surround set-up, sound quality is not something that should be overlooked.
Also, if only installing one speaker, ensure that it’s capable of producing stereo sound independently. Otherwise, speakers that come as a pair are usually mono and together will provide you with the stereo sound you require.
Now you’re fully equipped with the factors you need to know and have a selection of the best ceiling speakers currently available; it’s time to get shopping and start enjoying the truly immersive experience of Dolby Atmos full surround sound at home.
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What are the Best Ceiling Speakers For Dolby Atmos?
Taking all factors into consideration, we’d have to say that the best quality ceiling speakers for Dolby Atmos are the…
The triple driver set up allows for great separation of the frequency ranges and results in a well-rounded sound profile that’s head and shoulders above the similarly priced competition. Yes, the Klipsch CDT-5800-C II has superior overall sound quality, but it’s not worth paying over twice the price for.
Throw in a sleek design, a very simple installation process, and some impressive technology to counter treble reflectivity, and you have a speaker that will make the perfect addition to your Dolby Atmos surround sound set-up.
Until next time, happy listening.