Hello-- I'm a first-time poster and a relative newbie (yep-- I read the FAQ). I recently moved to a new house; when I set up the AV system, it became obvious that the sound was "off" and definitely not what it was before we moved-- a little hollow and at times very tinny, with very little bass. It's most obvious on a few cable TV stations (especially TBS), but favorite CDs and DVDs also sound off. I know this is indicative of speakers which are out of phase, but they're wired up correctly. I tried reversing the red/black connections into one speaker to see if that put them back into phase, but it had _no_ effect on the sound. Is this a problem internal to the receiver-- the pre-amp maybe? (Hmph. I was planning to finally get surround sound speakers now that we've moved to the new place-- have I just blown that budget to replace the receiver?) I've also spent the last two evenings playing with the settings on the receiver, to no avail. Here's the setup-- it's nothing fancy, nor is it very complicated: Mid-range Sony A/V Receiver, about 3 yrs old Mid-range Sony DVD player, also about 3 yrs old Panasonic VCR, ~8 yrs old Aiwa tape deck, ~15 yrs old Sony Wega TV, ~ 2yrs old 2 Infinity bookshelf speakers, ~10 yrs old The analog cable goes from the wall to VCR to TV; DVD video out directly to the TV via S-video; all audio signals routed through the receiver. Speaker wire is brand new-- ~10ft runs. Thanks in advance for any help or advice-- The forum looks like a tremendous resource!