Always a wealth of information, Ethan - thanks. After I educate myself more, and let some "free" consultations come-and-go, I'll keep Jim's name in mind! I was able to read through your links today and I've tried to do just about everything I can do without SPL or REW measurements. I did learn that I need to re-run Audyssey using a mic stand, I think I took some short cuts that are hurting me and after reading the official Audyssey thread, I can do better.
In all honesty, with such a limited budget you'll do better spending the money on more treatment.
I felt that this was going to be true, and that is why I started putting the brakes on continued speaker purchases - and why I started this thread. I could picture getting into a situation where more speakers just cause more of a problem and then I'd be "desperate" for room treatments and I'll be putting more money into this room than I really wanted. If I have sound bouncing all over this room, causing nulls-and-whatnots, then more speakers could do more harm-than-good (I assume).
I would like to try and get clarification on one thing though - if you (or anyone else) could/would answer this:
If I measure, and get good recommendations for room treatments using my current 2.1 configuration - what affect will the addition of speakers AFTER room treatments have?
Would the placement of panels for the 2.1 system still be valid, or would/could the new speaker(s) change the dynamics to such an extent as to render the 2.1 panel placement moot?
I'm hoping I could potentially follow an upgrade path like this:
* Start with 2.1 & no treatments
* Measure & add treatments
*** (or blindly add "bass traps in the room corners, mid/high frequency absorbers at the side-wall and ceiling reflection points" per the Room Measuring Primer)
* Add center channel
* Measure & maybe add treatements (but don't move existing treatments)
* Add side surrounds
* Measure & maybe add - but don't move anything existing.
Will that work, or am I facing a potential total re-arrange of panels with each new speaker purchase?