Dolby Atmos Configuration for <$2,000

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I'm looking to purchase a Dolby Atmos theater setup (speakers and receiver) for my parents with the following requirements/restrictions:

* A budget of $2,000 or less
* The room is already configured (including strung cables and holes in the wall) for 5.1 with small corner mounted channel speakers
* There is no room to the left or right of the TV (all the way to the wall) for standing speakers, but there is room directly in front of/under the TV
* The receiver should support 4k
* Atmos bounce-style is prefered over ceiling mounted speakers

To this end I'm currently considering:

* Pioneer Elite SC-85
* Bose Acoustimass 6 Series V
* Pioneer SP-T22A-LR (Atmos) Add-on Speaker

Is this a good selection? Is there a better selection? Will this actually accomplish Atmos?

 
Using bounce type speakers for Atmos doesn't work well. You should have wired for in ceiling speakers if that was a priority. For Atmos the other speakers should be at ear level which won't work with the way you wired them into the corners.
Given your budget you are better doing a 5.1 system and investing in better speakers than the Bose. Consider these Paradigms with the same form factor as the Bose
http://www.paradigm.com/products-current/model=cinema-100-ct/page=overview
but better sound quality. If you leave out the Atmos speakers the price will be about the same and the result will be much much better.
A step up in sound quality from the Pioneer would be a Marantz receiver. The SR5011 is a bit more though. Upgrade the speakers as the first step then the receiver if the budget allows.
 
Using bounce type speakers for Atmos doesn't work well. You should have wired for in ceiling speakers if that was a priority. For Atmos the other speakers should be at ear level which won't work with the way you wired them into the corners.
Given your budget you are better doing a 5.1 system and investing in better speakers than the Bose. Consider these Paradigms with the same form factor as the Bose
http://www.paradigm.com/products-current/model=cinema-100-ct/page=overview
but better sound quality. If you leave out the Atmos speakers the price will be about the same and the result will be much much better.
A step up in sound quality from the Pioneer would be a Marantz receiver. The SR5011 is a bit more though. Upgrade the speakers as the first step then the receiver if the budget allows.
 
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