Hello all - My name is grant, this is the first time i have posted to this site. i joined up because of an issue i am having. First off its almost impossible for me to get the full immersive sound i am looking for out of my surround sound. sounds are not distinct - they more muddle together and create a mesh of difficult to hear music. bass response is low even though i have what should be a powerful enough subwoofer - when i turn it up, bass becomes way to boomy and powerful. My surround back speakers are humming - i have hooked up a power cleaner to them, to no avail. still humming at me =( Its really hard to reach an appropriate level while watching a movie - its too quiet during quiet scenes and way way too loud during loud scenes - causing me to turn it up and down continuously. *now i do wear hearing aides* could be causing some of the problem.. =) My system as follows LR- M-Audio BX-8a Active monitor C - M-Audio BX-8 Active Monitor SRSL- M-Audio BX-5 Active Monitor Sub - JBL EP250 Northridge 250 watt 12 inch woofer Reciever - Yamaha htr-5760 (i am just using the preouts on this none of the amped signals.) PS3 hooked up with a toslink cable to the reciever during movies i generally set the reciever to DTS cinema My setup within the reciever is as follows LR-large bass out - subwoofer crossover - 60 center - large srsl - small I used the Yamaha mic to figure out distances and speaker levels. My room is rather large - but the living room area is not so large maybe 14x14 the whole room *then the room opens out into the kitchen and to the stairs and the dining room* If there is anything you guys can reccomend i would love to hear it - i have been seriously considering a preamp - the outlaw 990 would that help with what im describing? if i did that i would get all XLR cables - not sure where i would get them from but thats what id shoot for. Thanks very much for taking the time to read this!!