Still wondering how any of this fits into this review thread or applies to my post...but very glad your friends have managed happiness with no kids and enjoy the full in-ceiling 5.x surround system.
Not in-ceiling. All wiring was done so that it goes on the inside of the ceiling until it gets to the speaker. So visual disruption to others that are in home (the significant other, friends, etc.) is virtually non-existent.
The relation ship (my viewpoint, anyway): is that they were able to put a sound system up high that sounds pretty good. So speakers on or about the ceiling can be made to sound pretty good and do what one wants them to do.
So that leaves the question of how each person defines "pretty good" and would it meet your standard of that.
I think that if they succeeded at (my definition of "pretty good") that they would also succeed at my definition of "pretty good" ATMOS should they desire to do so.
I am sure that they are not the only ones who can do this. Therefore, other people, including you, should be able to succeed at "pretty good" or better ATMOS.
On the other hand, I may be wrong and you and others might not be capable of succeeding at pretty good anything.
But I put it politely out there as an example of some on ceiling speakers that managed to be set up in a way that met the peoples expectations of what they were doing.
In the hopes of inspiring others that it can be successfully done.
Maybe, in your case, what is visually on the floor doesn't matter. To many it does (and to some, so much that it is not possible for them to accept that the better sound is worth having things on the floor.
Perhaps this does not pertain to you. You do not seem to be borderline on these things.
Many here are here because they are learning (and not necessarily thigs that are as advanced as ATMOS).
But some are and might see the connection and think "Hey, I can do that". And still have things so that others in my life won't say negatives about about all this stuff on the floor.
Just as Steve Dallas mentions in the last line of post # 45.