My Denon 4300 crapped out last month so I've been reading up on newer receivers. The System hadn't gotten much use in a few years for several reasons, but mostly because it sounded like crap. I went to Best Buy just to look around and they had an open box Yamaha 3020. The salesman practically begged me to take it.
I can hear an improvement, but it's still not as good as it should/could be.
My system is in the family room, 17 x ~25 x 25. There really is no left wall. I have a 20' high entertainment center and the front 3 speakers are in the wooden entertainment center.
I have 3 matching Energy Veritas 2.2 bookshelf speakers up front and 2 of the same make surrounds in the back. Powered sub up front, also by Energy.
My biggest complaint has always been the echoey center channel. So muffled at times that speech isn't discernable. The sound stage is just ehhh. Turned up, it sounds decent, and even better now with the new receiver.
My question is, is there some set of speakers (at a reasonable price, <$2,000) that will get this setup to kick ass? should I bring in a pro to assess the situation?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.