Go easy on me, I'm new here...
I've just finished a remodel of my main listening room, and I'm wanting to make a couple changes/additions to my system to hopefully improve my sound quality a bit.
First off, the room:
Dimentions are roughly a cube: 20x20 feet sqare, just under 22 feet high;
Carpeted (not much help, I know, but every bit counts);
All windows covered with heavy drapes (thermal/insualting style, I live in Alaska);
Furniture is minimal, all upholstered with light fabrics (no leather or microfiber);
Upper portions of high walls have lightweight drapes for acoustic purposes;
One main wall is covered in open-front bookcases (i. e. no glass or cabinet doors);
Original positioning of furniture/equipment was just about optimal before the remodel. This obviously changed when the room was torn up
Harman 3490, with a 990 CD player.
(old one died, must be replaced...That's for adifferent post. *sigh*)
Polk LSi9 speakers, with a Polk PSW12 sub.
No video--I don't own a TV (gasp!)
The original setup was tuned using the old Alan Parsons "Sound Check" CD and a multimeter.
The setup I've got gives good quality sound in the room, even considering the relatively large space; I'm not interested in blowing out windows or registering seismic events with a sub, I just want good audio across the board.. Main music types are just about anything you can imagine, from classical to Prog rock, folk, acoustic, everything in between. Only exception is no hip-hop/rap.
Given the changes wrought on the space, I'm considering some options:
1: Upgrade the 3490 to a 990 and use the 990's built-in eq/correction. I'd rather not go this route, as I have a servicable amp and don't need any more power, plus I've heard rumors about issues with the 990's firmware and the amp itself possibly being discontinued in the near future.
2: Keep the 3490 and add a unit like a Behringer DEQ2496 (or even a more basic unit like the 1502) or somesuch that'll let me shape sound a bit better without going overboard. Given that the 3490 doesn't have balanced inputs I'm looking at using RCA-XLR balun cables; Any real gotchas with a setup like this (I've had problems with balanced/unbalanced connections before, though not in audio applications). Also, can a unit like the Behringer safely accept pre-amp input? This isn't a deal breaker, but I'd like to try and get away from using the tape monitor circuits on the amp if possible.
So...Any suggestions? I'd like to keep this as simple as possible, and at the moment I'm doing a lot of playing with different physical room configs, etc. but I'd like the (possible) added bonus of EQ or correction hardware if I want to turn lazy and tweak things further without moving my main listening chair half an inch to the left
If you've read this far and aren't bored yet or convinced I'm nuts, many thanks