Epson's printer profiles are not bad.
I have had my 2200 for about a year. I usually print on Epson Enhanced matt, or on Kodak Pro Satin for B&W, now that Kodak offers a profile specifically for B&W.
My printer came with profiles dated in 2002. After I'd had it for some time, Epson announced they had new and better profiles. Well, those new profiles were distinctly worse than the original ones. The colors appeared less accurate, and the shadows were kind of annoying. This is mainly for matte paper, 'cause I haven't used the new profiles much on other paper.
So I went back to the original ones, and am fairly happy.
Also, before I started using the new Kodak B&W profile, I liked to let the printer manage the color for B&W, but let the printing software manage it for color. I got better definition in the shadows that way.