Can Dolby Atmos speakers be placed in other locations?

So I have an Onkyo  TX-NR686 and i currently have a 7.1 setup. To use the Atmos, i have to convert it from 7.1.0 to 5.1.2 by changing the 6th and 7th speaker to up-firing speakers (L/R Rear Surround), which means i loose the 2 speakers. My questions is, do they have to be on top of the left/right front speakers to fire up or can i just place them in the back in their original location (or anywhere in that matter)?

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  • 8 months ago

    You can put them anywhere you like, 

    but some locations will make their effects worse rather than better. 

  • Lance
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    They should be forward toward the front somewhere..It's similar to placing your rear speakers in the front... I mean you will still get some kind of sound, but its not a proper placement...I think you would be better off just leaving it as a 7.1 configuration the way you have it ..and use a simulated Amos setting...

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