More seriously, speaking of compromises, Keith:
I've taken a measurement break to determine what my next move will be, based largely on reading your and AustinJerry's adventures on the REW thread. I realized that while I'm getting more proficient in using Audyssey Pro + Target Curve editor to get a reasonably flat (1/6th, i.e. the audible level) FR response for mains+subs and as good as I'm going to get for the center+subs (and not too shabby waterfalls at 600 ms), I don't know much about impulse response at all.
Also, thinking about room treatments, I've got to get the hang of the string test and pick an acoustic model to go further. Worse than that, our room is problematic: instead of side walls, we have a short mirrored area and entrance to the hallway/dining room on the left, and a full side of windows on the right. To top that off, the front of the room is where the speakers and TV are, co-located with an 72" wide and high entertainment center, and in the back, we have a large piece of artwork on the back wall. Not much room for treatments either side.
Having said that, unless I get WAF to make furniture compromises (and just wait till we see what the bassinet and baby play stuff will do to early reflections in the fall!), outside of maybe ceiling treatments and PEQ, I may be out of luck outside of 'suffering' with an electronic-based solution.
That's actually why I started lurking on some of the Trinnov threads and 'dreaming big', BTW.
You know, I was perfectly happy with my old Klipsch reference system, a KSW-10 sub, and a Denon 5803 with no RC until I discovered AVS, and I fell into this rabbit hole thanks to the now-absent ccotenj, who's busy restoring 70's-era pinball machines instead of this stuff. Geez, thanks guys Edited by sdrucker - 5/25/13 at 2:00pm