Originally Posted by PlanetAVS
I'd spend your whole budget on ... some area rugs or something to soften your acoustics. ....
My apologies for hijacking this post, but I want to make the point that no speakers will sound good in a really bad room (except headphones). Clapping hands should die down and produce no audible resonance.
My room 12x14 hardwood floors no carpet. I'm pretty happy with the single Rogers Speed Woofer.
And that's the two areas to treat, bass and everything else. If you're happy with your woofer, lets not discuss bass room treatment.
While you may want to finish with commercial sound treatments, you can test with things like pillows and blankets (and beds, couches, couch cushions, etc.), but you need a lot of them. Cover the floor ~2" deep. Hang blankets 2" deep over the speakers (side/rear, not front). Pile stuff behind you. Make the room feel different to you, and I bet the speakers sound better...
Then, try different arrangements to see how they sound, and what you might like. Front wall and rear wall reflections are 100% bad. Same with floor and ceiling reflections. Side wall reflections are ~50% bad; you need some reflections for good sound. Consider diffusers, too...
Buying new speakers is easier, I admit, but they really need a good home.