Okay, I originally wanted to start out with a 5.1 system but I only had about $400 to spend on a reciever and speakers and it was much too little, so I decided to start with a decent 5.1 or 6.1 reciever and a pair of decent speakers. My friend who works at an electronics store got me a pair of Klipsch SB2 bookshelf speakers and a Pioneer VSX-D812K receiver for $400. For now, I figured that I could live with better stereo than my TV had to offer and later this year I would get a sub, surrounds, center, and rear channel. After that lengthy introduction I suppose that I should get to my questions. Now that I have the speakers, I'm not sure how to set them up best for now (I know, bad English). As far as wriring goes, I bought 12 gauge wire from Home Depot (which, by the way, is now on clearance), and the speakers are set on about 30" high end tables on both sides of my tv. Should I run my speakers in plain stereo mode? Are there an better ways to run them? What connector to I put them in in the back (I assumed front R and L? The receiver gets it's inputs from optical signals from my Xbox and my DVD player. Will AVIA help and if so, which tests should I use? Any suggestions/ideas would be helpful. Thanks.