Room Correction, Acoustic Treatment, Positioning, etc. What are my options

Hi all,
Finally got around to running REW in my newly setup dedicated 2 channel room. The room itself is 14x17 with vaulted ceilings, but opens into a 10x10 room, so it feels closer to a 24x17 room with high ceilings. I've got the following setup:
MBP > [wireless] > Mytek Manhattan II (via AQ ethernet) > [AQ Water XL] > McIntosh C47 > [AQ Water] > McIntosh MC452 > [AQ Oak] > B&W 802 D3. All connected to an AQ Niagara 1000 with AQ Thunder PCs.

My issue is mainly lack of bass, and it getting a little boomy at times. I've had to turn the EQ on the C47 for bass up +4dB to even be close to ok. Here is my REW:

I already contacted GIK, but I don't want to go overboard on acoustic treatments. Should I be considering something like the McIntosh MEN220 or some other room correction or EQ? Are any of them out there good enough to not degrade the overall sound quality of the system? Thanks!
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@mayoradamwest:  Go to  You need to do the best you can with room treatments, before incorporating any eq.  Foley has a very interesting utube presentation of how using an eq to boost frequencies, really doesn’t work very well.  I use an eq,but still have anomalies. Standing waves and nulls are sometimes hard to deal with.  Jim Smith also gives good advice on these matters.
Lack of bass...adjust loudspeaker placement?  This may help with boomy bass, too.
Within reason I’ve moved the speakers around. That was the best runs of REW and the best sound. It still sounds excellent, overall, but the bass it a bit weak. 
FWIW I added a sub just to see what would happen and it didn’t do much except get boomy without sound more full. 

@handymann I check led acousticfields and will watch the videos but the products are just insanely overpriced. $4k+ for a single diffuser? Pass. I did an entire room with GIK that sounds excellent and all the panels together were under 2k. 

Back to my my original question though, does anyone other than McIntosh make a Hifi EQ o room correction? Lyngdorf seems to have stopped making the standalone RP-1. 
I would sell the B&W's and get a pair of Vandy Quatro's or 5a's.
Then you will be able to correct for room issues.
Finding the best seat in the room (which gives the smoothest bass) is step one - working with the room rather than against it.  Indeed, it is the Anchor Point for all else that follows.
Room treatment & changing speakers may help, but they will never come close to working with your room's resonances.  All rooms have them, no matter what the price.
@mayoradamwest:  You must have been looking at a diffuser/absorber combo. Yes-too rich for my budget, but u can make some. I was more intrigued by what he had to say about room acoustics. I have compared his advice to others and most are in line with the other. There are a few companies introducing carbon absorption as he has. 
Hi mayor:.
1) The shape of the graph makes me wonder if you are using a calibrated mic. You should double check the the calibration factors are input correctly.
2) I would think your biggest problem is the null at 600hz. Eq cannot fix a dip. Google SBIR calculation and check to see if the null correlates to speaker placement.
3) Matt at AV Nirvana is an expert on reading REW graphs. Occasionally the REW developer (JM) weighs in as well. You could solicit advice there.
4) I think most people go at this slowly checking the effect of incremental rm treatment instead of the Big Bang approach. Good luck. I personally enjoyed the journey.
I agree with mikexxyz.  Are you using a calibrated mic, or a SPL meter?  Is your computer set up properly?  Sometimes you need to turn off the computer mic, otherwise, that is used as the default.  The high frequency roll off is very suspicious.  You might do well to go to the REW forum and ask for guidance on insuring you have REW set up properly..  Assuming all is right on that end and the readings are real, what kind of flooring and walls are present in the room?  A dip at 70 Hz in a room with drywall and plywood sub flooring can be expected.  What kind of decay times are you seeing?  Boomy bass could be due to excessive decay times (above 300-400 milliseconds) below 300 Hz.  Bass traps can really help with this.  I have a combination of GIF and Realtraps in my room, and about 2K worth of traps made a world of difference.  Getting a couple of traps for the front corners doesn't have to cost much and can really help.  What kind of speakers are you using?  What is the low frequency -3dB point?  Finally, have you optimized the speaker and listening positions according to the REW room optimizer?  If not, that is the place to start.  Also, before you lock in on traditional room treatments, give the synergistic research black box and HFT products a try.   These things are no joke, they really work, and they have a 30 day return policy.  They are very unobtrusive and WAF friendly.  
@mikexxyz @brownsfan you are correct! I am using a UMIK-1 but it looks like it wasn’t calibrated the first time around. I reinstalled the app and initialized the mic again with the calibration from from MiniDSP. The graph looks much better, though I am surprised about the high end roll off. It sounds pretty clear in the room. To my ear, the lack of bass clarity and generally shy lower mid-bass are the problems. Midbass and highs are actually quite nice to my ear.

I did order a McIntosh MEN220 as well, to help clean it up, but it seems like I’m going to need at least a small amount of bass trapping. My concern with that is that I like bass, and if I add the traps, I would then need to add a sub, which I’d rather not do.

Here is the updated SPL graph:
@mayoradamwest, yes, this looks much more reasonable.  Properly placed bass traps will not reduce the amount of bass you perceive from the listening position.  You will place the traps in areas where bass accumulates and does not decay properly.  If you ran an REW sweep with the mic placed in one of the front corners, you would see this.   On the other hand, you have some substantial peaks at about 35 and 50 Hz, and these could be a part of your problem.  But I really encourage you to run the decay waterfall graph on the sweep you just posted.  As I said previously, long decay times below 300 Hz will muddle the bass and that problem will respond to good bass traps.  BTW, I was told by GIF that plus or minus 5 dB is about as good as you can expect to do unless you have a custom built room.  My guess is that you can get to a pretty good place without a lot of money, and you can and probably should add the traps one or two at a time.  These problems are best handled slowly and thoughtfully.  These problems are not the sort of issues you just throw money at and hope for the best. 
Mayor: Glade you figured out the calibration.   I usually view the graphs at 1/12 octave.   I'm told your ear doesn't hear fast transient spikes or ringing below 100 Hz.   I would focus on extended (time domain) peaks and valleys.  DSP can cut down those peaks in the low frequencies but there can be trade offs. I chose not to use DSP but that was my preference.  I think you would notice an improvement if you could correct the valleys. 

The only treatment I have is a wall diffuser.  (Arqen lean diffuser). So I can't recommend any treatment for bass mgt. although at those frequencies it will be thick.  

So glad you took my advice. 
I hate seeing someone waste their time trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
Got the MEN220 setup. I think I still need to tweak it a bit, but I’m amazed at the improvement in sound stage. It’s rare you just have a bypass button that lets you hear what sound stage is. It also improved the bass but it’s still going to need at least a little dampening. 
Pretty much none of the tools work with vaulted ceilings. Also, not all rooms are a simple box. My room has a 10’ wide opening to another 10’x10’x9’ room. 
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