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May I at least throw out there that the "muddy bass" you experience could be the result of poor room integration (because you should have subs)?
I have had a 2.x system (three pairs of subs) for a while. Being able to move the subs independently of my (very capable) mains has made things sound many times better (even without room correction, just by tweaking each sub's location, level and delay).
I'm not saying that there's no way to do 2 channel sans subs well (indeed, I just posted as much somewhere else, recently), but it's much harder in normal rooms, requiring a room which allows ideal positioning (for both imaging and bass) of the two mains. Adding subs eases those requirements; place your mains for best imaging (tweak for sub integration if needed) and then place your subs for best bass response (preferably multiple, at least two; try an initial position at your room's corners or its quarter-wall points).
Moreover, IMO, the biggest thing the room correction software will help with, if you get the right one (and McIntosh MEN200 uses Room Perfect which is supposedly excellent), is the integration between your mains and subs. So, the hardest part of the whole thing, that which most people complain about when adding subs to a 2-channel system, is, with the right RC solution, done for you. However, I don't know if your McIntosh unit can blend multiple subs -- perhaps await a unit that integrates the upcoming Dirac Bass Management solution (or spend on Trinnov, which is very likely to be a very long-term solution if you can afford it).
Best of luck!