KINDA LONG! alright here's whats there right now. 27 inch Toshiba tv that was made in 1992. Samsung DVD V-1000 dvd/vcr player Yamaha HTR-5640 Reciever Athena Audition Series including: AS-F2's for fronts AS-B2's for rears AS-C1 for center i must of asked atleast 50 questions on this forum about problems with my home theater, what speakers to get, how do i get dolby digital to work, blah blah blah blah endless! i still have the following problems, my speakers always have a faint sssssssssssssss to them, and the louder i turn it up the louder the ssssssssssssssssssssssss gets, which as you might imagine really makes wind in movies sound bad. I've had this Home Theater since July, for Christmas im getting an SVS PB2 Plus subwoofer and about march or april im getting a better Yamaha reciever, about $1,000 one, then in july new speakers, taking my fronts and using them as rears and putting more expensive speakers in the front along with a new center and i'll take my old center and use it as a rear. Im leaning towards Rockets but July is along time from now so we'll see. i have a huge room, about 40x25, but there's somewhat of a box in the room, a square on its own pretty much, its 15x15, my fronts and center are 8ft away from me, my rears are 4ft away from my sweetspot, i just moved into this huge room so in my 15x15 theres a king size bed to the right where my right front speaker is just about touching, and i got a couch and a table, when you get up and walk around the couch and around the table your basically out of that portion and thats where the bigger room is but has a computer, pool table, bench press and a bunch of other stuff that makes it look like a storage room. my problem is, either my home theater just isnt very good, or surround sound just doesnt do it for me. the only problems i have with my speakers is the ssssssssss which is there even when a movie isnt in. alright so i told my reciever my rears are large, my fronts are large, my center is large, i got the LFE set to come out of the mains, i measured it so it knows exactly how far away from the speakers i am, 4 feet is about as far as i can get them away from me. With the wire and space conditions and all, when i get the bed out of there the speakers wont be any farther back but will be wider out, about 14 feet away from each other. Judging by my ear and the testtone on the reciever is all my speakers are the same volume. Thats about it, i've been a drewling fan for sub noises ever since i saw the first matrix in the theater, so thats one part i die for with my theater, they go loud enough with movies, thats one thing i like, my AS-F2's dont seem to go as far as i want them to with music, or atleast with that reciever which is 75x6. I like how stuff comes from the back speakers and that i can hear it. i like how the left and right speaker sound great when someone's over there, that sounds perfect. my problem is i just aint impressed with surround sound, well im not sure, i mean maybe its because i need better speakers or better reciever but stuff does go from the rear speakers to the front, but 90% of the time its boring and it just doesnt sound right, i dont get that feeling like im in the middle it, Except for one movie! Saving private ryan now that movie is crazy awesome. What im saying is, if someone dropped a basketball and it bounced into the screen into the background and it went from the fronts to the rears i'd hear it plenny fine but it just doesnt sound convincing enough, for me to actually feel like it bounced from the front all the way to the back. The only other movie where going from the fronts to the rears sounded glorious and like it was really happening was in the first matrix when he shot the bullets and he did the slow motion lean backwards dodge. Now i havent gotten into the sssssssssssssssss noise yet, i know my $500 kenwood reciever and KLH speakers in my living room dont do it cause i listened to them and they didnt make a peep. I watch movies in Dolby Digital and DTS if they have it, so my problem isnt not having that. Im just wondering if it gets better with better speakers or a reciever or something or if this is it and surround sound just isn't great. Another thing i notice, is in Movie Theaters, i dont know if its because my movie theater has a cheap sound system or what not but it doesnt sound all that great to me even though they got surround and huge subwoofers and what not which makes me just ignore the sound and watch the movie just as if i was with a normal tv. I love the idea of surround sound really capturing you and making you feel like your in the rain and that so much stuff is happening all over the place, like in the movie twister right, there's a part where 2 tornados spin the truck and of course the twirl noise is comming from every speaker and its not very enjoyable to listen to because of my sssss problem but, i know its twirling wind is going from speaker to speaker to speaker but it doesnt sound good or like it's going around the room, it does and it doesnt, it goes around the room but it doesnt have that realism! im just not gettin it and i want to. Perhaps better speakers to do the job, reciever? amp? equalizer? bigger tv? (im puttin a 65" widescreen in there once we sell our condo), maybe change some settings on the reciever? basically the title of this thread sums up my questions, no need to answer the ssssssssssssss question, you can if you want.....but i was gonna really get into fixing that in a week or 2, my room is over a 3 door garage so maybe something that has to do with the garage is creating the ssssssss? to me there's so many simple yet crazy explanations it's hard to believe it could actually be the cause, interference and such. im gonna make a list of the only movies i really thought sounded good on Dolby Digital. (despite the ssssssss) The Matrix Saving Private Ryan Finding Nemo (well actually, all those CGI movies, they all sound great to me, there's some noises in real live movies that i dont enjoy, that or they dont come through well) thats about all i can think of. im hoping to get some answers that'll make me feel like i didnt get interested in something that slacks.