I just bought a house and it has a family room in the basement that is going to be my TV room. The room is about 14'x 12' Has white walls, and pergo floors. My current system: TV: Toshiba 32" flat screen PS2: with Monster s-video cable Reciever: Denon AVR-1802 Speakers: 5.1 Denon system with 4 bookshelf speakers 1 center and a 8" sub woofer. I will probably be either buying a seperate DVD player or buying monster component cable for my PS2. At the moment I use my ps2 as my dvd player and for what I want it seems to work just fine. I am using Optic sound from my ps2 to my reciever. The reciever can run DTS or Dolby D. Also its pro logic II. How bad is the pergo floor going to hurt my sound? I am going to put down a throw rug but don't really want to carpet the whole room. Also I plan to paint this room a Dark blue, Dark grey color. Is there any special paint out there that helps acoustics? What is the best budget speaker wire? Monster cable? Given the dimensions of the room what guage do you think I should use? my recierver is 100wx5 Last question is speaker placement. Should I do wall mounts or should I buy stands to put the speakers on so there almost eye level? Thanks for any help or advice for this noob! edit: one last question. I noticed lately that I have had to turn my reciever up higher then usualy to achieve the same sound level, is this due to heat? Do people mount fans in there home entertainment centers to keep there components cool? It has been in the high 80's low 90's lately and I don't think I noticed that before. Maybe my hearing is getting bad lol.