I'm seeking advice on the best way to proceed in improving audio quality in my rectangular 2000 cubic foot home theater room.
Here's my current setup:
Fronts: Polk RTi8
Center: Polk CSi5
Surrounds: Polk RTi4
Subwoofer: Power Sound Audio XV15
Power amp: Emotiva XPA-5
Source: HTPC with HT Omega Claro Plus sound card
When it comes to movie watching, I'm quite pleased with this setup, so no complaints there. However, with music, I'm feeling underwhelmed. I'm not sure how to best explain it, but it's as if most music is lacking some sort of dynamic quality - I'm looking for more depth and punch in the performance. Also, the more I listen to music on this system, the more I realize how harsh sounding the highs can be.
The room itself is fairly sparse, there's no furniture other than the main seating area and there's also nothing on the walls except for a floor to ceiling blackout curtain that covers the entire back wall (sliding glass door) and a shorter blackout curtain along most of the left side wall (window), the floor is carpeted with thick padding over concrete.
Here's a crude drawing of my room (I was bored):
I'm sure I would benefit from both a speaker upgrade and room treatments, but I won't be able to afford both at the same time. I also don't want to waste money on a potential sidegrade or on something that's not going to have a noticeable improvement, so if it turns out that this isn't possible with my current budget then I'll probably hold off for another year or so.
Estimated budget: $1500-2000