So the UPS man finally came yesterday. The tracking said it was coming on Monday, but it never came, and then it showed "Package missed, no delivery attempt made." which makes it sound like they just forgot about me, but I digress. Anyway, my first surround sound system arrived in four large boxes. Here's what I got: Fluance SX-HTB speakers Dayton 10" Subwoofer H/K AVR-225 Receiver Sound King 12 gauge wire It took me about 6 hours and 2 Radioshacks to get everything set up. (I work slowly and wanted to make sure I got everything right. Let me just say this: banana plugs are not nice, or convenient, they're aboslutely *necessary*, especially on the receiver. It is absolutely impossible to get the wire in there. After I got everything set up I watched some LOTR:TTT, the first scene in Gladiator, the Matrix Lobby scene, and some other stuff. Honestly, I wasn't all that impressed. It sounded nice, but the "surround" sound was a bit lacking. I think it's starting to sound better though; I sure hope so. One problem is my rear right surround speaker - it's at ear level. I'm going to buy a shelf for it though, that should help. Some questions: 1. What calibration stuff do I need to do now? Just go through the OSD for the AVR225? I used EzSet, which worked ok I guess. It's better than nothing, and I don't have the money for a SPL meter/calibration disc now. 2. I bought a digital coax cable for my DVD player audio. It is a two stranded cable - red and white. My DVD player only has one out. I just used the white cable, and everything seems to be working, but is that ok? I got it from Radioshack. 3. My rear left speaker is on top of a bookshelf. It's about 4-5 feet above ear level. The rear right one will be on a shelf about 3 feet above ear level. Is this a problem? I can move the rear left down, but then it would be on a shelf inside the bookshelf. Would that create bad resonance? I will probably think of more questions to add to this thread. Until then, have fun with these.