Ok folks, sorry for the long winded post but this is my first one and I feel a little background is needed for you to understand where I'm coming from. I've had the same stereo system for many years. Technics SA-202 receiver,(30 watts RMS per channel with 0.04% THD) and Technics SB-L32 speakers,( two way,8 ohm, input 100w, music 50w, din). Now this system has served it's purpose for many years but I've always realized that it certainly was not the best and I had always figured that "someday", when I upgraded, that the sound would be dramatically better. Ok, so I finally loose the tweeter on the left speaker and the 8" driver on the right is starting to fart on me and I figure the time has come to upgrade. Exciting right? So I go to Tweeter and try out some speakers. I end up thinking the Mirage FRX-7's sound pretty good "in the showroom" and end up buying those. I bring them home, hook 'em up and man, WHAT A DISSAPOINTMENT !!. First of all, I have to dip the bass substantially and crank the treble the entire way up on the old trusty Technics receiver in order to approximate the sound that I want. Now I had to do a similar set-up with the old speakers but not quite as drastically. Also, I notice that when I even begin to crank the volume to a good rockin' level, (I like the hard stuff), I'm hearing distortion and loosing seperation. Nothing mind numbing but quite noticeable, even to this audio newbie. I always figured that when I upgraded to a decent pair of speakers, that I'd be able to really crank the suckers and still have crystal clear sound and seperation. Doesn't seem to be the case. So, what do you guys think the problem/problems may be? 1. Am I just listening to critically now that I've layed out some cash? 2. I haven't upgraded from my thin speaker cables yet. Does this really make all THAT much of a difference? 3. The Mirage's have the capability to be bi-wired but I have them set up in the traditional way and have left the bridge in. Would bi-wiring them really make all THAT much of a difference? 4. Do you think that my poor old receiver is just no match for these supposedly "better" speakers? Is there just not enough watts in the the old Technics to keep up,(even though I've never really needed to crank it much past 3 or 4 for quite a loud sound)? Now, my wife and I, at this point, aren't necessarily all that interested in the surround sound thing. We just want to improve our CD, tape, TV audio experiences. Any and all opinions on this would be greatly appreciated. So what do you guys think? What should be our next move in our new audio adventure. Thank you very much, a head of time, for any and all suggestions.