Room equalization software usually makes a significant improvement in the quality of the sound that you hear. Emotiva does not yet provide any in their equipment. You might want to consider investigating the various AVR brands which include it. Most of them have equipment in your price range. (Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Yamaha, and Pioneer do. Anthem and McIntosh are more expensive.) There are extensive guides for setting them up. See the FAQ at the start of the Audyssey thread, for example.