In my systems, things are arranged such that I can sit relatively close to my speakers (powered monitors) and I do incorporate a subwoofer. I am therefore asking this question with respect to 2.1 systems. In my Den, I have Focal Shape 50 speakers, with the room arranged so that I am about six feet away from them. The room is small and the first reflections would be near the corners of the room. I am very satisfied with the way the system sounds. So, if one is seated close to the speakers, in approximately a triangular arrangement, is room correction less necessary? I realize that room correction and bass are intimately related, but many subwoofers have adjustments to tailor the sound. So could a person with these types of setups get by without room correction -- without paying too much of a penalty? I have a feeling the answers to this are very room dependent.