Hi all- I recently took the opportunity to pick up an Onkyo TX-SR600 receiver and their HT-100 5.1 speakers to go with. Got em from a friend who was moving, very little use. They sound great! After reading here, and reading the manuals, I am a bit humbled as to my lack of HT knowledge. I have a set of semi-short questions, do help out if you can, thanks! 1- On my sub, it is a down firing sub with the port in the front. Is it necessary to point the port toward the listening area (as the logo shows that way) or does it matter at all? Curious, in that I have a good place to wedge it that will keep my 2 year old away from it. 2- While the amp is great, the speaker cables that came with are less than stellar. Thinking of buying the 80$ monster home theater in a box kit, comes with their basic cable for all speakers, sub cable, s-video cable, and they all have gold interconnects on them. The price is nice for that much cable, wondering what people here think of monster. Also- I suspect there might be alot of people who don't like monster, bear in mind I am looking to balance out the system, not overdo it. I know I could spend well over 1k on cables, but I would really have to get better speakers to appreciate the difference. 3- Does anyone here use those extra AC pass thru plugs on the back of thier reciever? I ask in that this would auto shut off the sub when the system wasnt running, but the sub amp sleeps after 8 minutes anyways... just curious. I also read somewhere that your audio and video eq should be on totally seperate circuits, and that even the sub and main speakers should be on seperate circuits. I have everything on one right now. (Just bought this house, its in need of electrical work. Just curious what others would do in terms of pulling in extra circuits, I have easy access to the floor underneath this room so its not that bad.) 4- Is it all that bad to have 20ft front speaker cables, if you really only need 8 or so? 5-I haven't any shelves to put up my rear surrounds. What method is preferable, sitting on small shelves or wall mounted? Should I be worried about speaker cab resonation, or are these too small to be affected by such things? (Plus they are made of particle board glue lam wood, ugh. still sound good though) 6- I am planning on running my rear speakers under the floor in a non-heated area. Will freezing temps bother my speaker cable? Should I insulate it? 7- I know you cant switch component video to s video, but what about old composite video to s-video? I know some of these questions seem silly, but I really have no clue on some of this. My goal is a cleanly installed, well balanced setup where no components outmatch others drastically. Also, I get the impression that the things that will improve my setup the most are splitting the circuits up for power, and maybe investing in a voltage regulator/cleaner. Fire away, and TIA for you advice and opinions. Mods- if you want me to split these questions into separate posts, just ask. Thanks again! EricT Edit- I just realized I didnt mention the other eq I have! Fisher DVD player (old, but has all the necessary outputs and it works! Fiber out and all) and a sony TV, the black ones that came out prior to the XBRs. It craps out every once in awhile, the fix- smack it. I kid you not.