Hi Guys, I am new to this forum and new to the HT game in general. I will just give a little back ground to my setup before asking my questions. First as a disclaimer, i am only a young guy (21) and for me money is definitely a limitation so that will reflect in the equipment i was able to afford and also will limit the solutions i'm able to implement. My setup: Right & Left: Polk Audio Rti10 Centre: PA Csi3 Sub: DBS-10B Receiver: AVR-435 Television is a 36" Sony Wega flatscreen (not sure of model off hand) The issues. My speakers drop whenever i crank the sound up (even when i have them set to 2channel reference) and there seems to be static and hiss at high volumes. Now i have the speakers jumpered and no separate pre amp for them (and i've heard they are power hungry but i want to rule out other possibilities before i run out and buy a seperate 2 channel amp). In terms of the way i have my cables set up, i have to run my xbox (both audio and video) into the tv then audio out from the tv to the receiver. I had to this because the xbox video and audio cable can't be hooked up to my receiver both at the same time (they are too far away from eachother on the back). I had a friend who i showed my system to and let him listen to the sound. and it was both a little hissy(or staticy) at high volumes and again the sound would drop whenever it tried to hit. that the issues could be caused by 3 potential problems: 1) The amount of power my speakers need to really drive them 2) the use of the xbox as my audio/video playing device and the potentially shitty DAC that it might use 3) running the video/audio into my tv, then into the receiver I am interested to hear what you guys/gals think before i run out and buy a bunch of new equipment. I appologize if any of my "lingo" is not appropriate, as i said im new to the game but trying to absorb as much as i can. Thanks!