Alright, so I'm coming to you guys (who seem to be experts) for some desperate help. I've tried just about everything and, upon my Best Buy employment, have finally been allowed a nice system (or so I think) with my 80% discount on Polk Audio equipment.
So first, my equipment
I have a Pioneer VSX-520. I let it do its thing, and have really not calibrated anything with my speakers (I don't quite know what I'd do). The only thing I've done is crank the center channel up just a couple decibels to help with voices.
My front speakers are Polk Audio TSi-300's and my center channel is the CS10. I also have an older AR 15" sub that is in great shape, that is to the right of the TV stand (which has a Panasonic UT50 on it that I'm in love with)
Now, my room
The distance from the center channel speaker to my navel is 7'. The listening area is about 12x12, and the whole room is 12x20. The speakers are about 7' apart (I read somewhere that they should be apart the same distance as the distance from the viewer).
I am just not
pleased with the sound. It seems like the highs and lows aren't playing well together. I don't think my subwoofer is doing well with the speakers, and altogether the sound is too tinny or too boomy. As I mentioned earlier, I work at Best Buy and demo the Cinemate II speakers all day long and they simply seem to fill the soundspace so much better than my system seems to do. I have grown very weary of the hassle it is to be able to barely hear voices, and I hate having to crank the volume to hear them, and when the special effects sound comes in, quickly lower the volume (I live in a duplex, so I can't crank the sound).
So, I'm willing to do anything within the realm of financially plausible possibilities, including speaker positioning, changing the layout, etc. Will you all forever shun me if I sell all of this stuff and get the 2.1 Bose system? Will I really be that disappointed? The way I see it, the proprietary calibration is what is so great. Is my receiver not good enough, should I get a nicer receiver? I also have some rear JBL's I'm planning on setting up, will this help? Am I crazy, or is a 5.1 signal coming through 3.1 speakers affecting my sound quality? Oh, and where can I put the JBL's?
Thanks in advance, I'm sure you guys will help me figure this problem out. I've had HTIB's, Sony floor-standing speakers, an older Bose system, and countless other solutions, and I'm yet to be satisfied.