I've concluded recently that the biggest problem in my home theater (which is also my living room, so aesthetic considerations apply) is the liveness of the room (I guess that's why they call it the "living room".) It's pretty echoey. I have realized that upgrading my speakers (currently DefTech ProCinema 200's in front) without addressing this is stupid, but I am also wondering if my choice of speakers should in any way be dictated by the liveness of the room. I'm starting to look into room treatments, but if a better choice of speakers could make my job easier that wouldn't be a bad thing. I've got hardwood floors but do have an 8'x10' area rug and some (not enough) upholstered furniture. The room is also open to other rooms, and has a cathedral ceiling. From an acoustics standpoint, it seems reasonably complex. I don't know ultimately how well I'll be able to treat it.