Wow...I'm typically OCD in wanting to read all the posts I've missed since my last visit -- but either I've been gone a LONG time, or there has been a LOT of activity here lately!
I'm hoping it's the latter & not the former...though it does seem it has been a while.
Some updates and questions...I'll start with questions, since I think they'd be a bit shorter:
I still love my Audissey APS 5+2's in my secondary room. No matter how much I try though, I just can't seem to tame the intense base that comes out of those things -- either it's way too much, or not enough. My Onkyo 797 does a great job of powering everything, but doesn't have any room correction.
Batpig (and others), I've seen a few times how you've mentioned that, if using subs and crossing over at 80hz, then having a high-powered receiver isn't necessarily needed. Since the APS 5+2's have the (4) powered subs built-in, and I have the AC300 and 2.1e surround crossed at 80hz...is there any more budget-oriented receiver out there that has XT32, but not necessarily other bells and whistles? Would a lower-power receiver be enough for the all the drivers if the powered-subs were picking up the slack below 80hz? The reason I ask is that my guess is that the XT32 might be able to correct for the boomi-ness / overwhelming sense of the bass from the four (2 per speaker) 8" powered subs. They do seem to be less boomy depending on where I'm at in the room, but based on where my main listening area needs to be there's not much leeway there -- though XT32 could, again, possibly adjust for that since I'd place the mic there?
Some current events: I found a couple of Energy Audissey tweeters for $35 (for both together), which allowed me to get my A2+2's (previously scrapped for parts, hence the missing tweeters) back up to "fully operational" status. Now I'm actually a bit torn on what to actually do with them! My initial thought was "Wides!" for my main 7.2 setup (up to 9.2)...but I'll be really hard pressed to fit everything along the front; I'd need to move in my 2.2i's closer to the screen edges, and then perhaps see if I can get enough room for the A2+2's within Width requirements (which, as I hadn't known, isn't directly to the sides...).
I happen to have an old-school furnace on the screen-left side of my movie room which, sadly would likely partially obstruct the A2+2 if I did try them as wides.
I am potentially considering, if I can't work the A2+2's into the setup, of selling them off. If I can get near what I paid for them, I figure that wouldn't be bad...although at that point I wouldn't have any replacement tweeters available for my APS 5+2's or C-6's or AC300...so that might be a bit of a gamble.
If I did sell it though, I'd likely buy some smaller speakers for "heights", which of course could eventually transition into ATMOS speakers, if I ever was able to conjure up the audacity to relieve my 4311 of duty...I just love that thing. Any recommendations on height / ceiling ATMOS speakers? I read CB-5's somewhere, but am also open to other options like v-minis (I know they're expensive though) or some small RC variant, etc...
Still feel like the dual-subs was the best upgrade I've had in a while -- batpig was right-on in his recommendation in that. It just evens things out a lot, to where the bass feels a lot more enveloping and intense, despite it not really being much "louder". Very worth-while upgrade.