alright, *dusts off keyboard* been a while since i've posted here last. my next project that i'm planning is to build a set of surround speakers. in planning the design i keep trying to finalize it, but seem to be generating more questions than answers. so i figured i'd ask around here since i knew bit-tech had an AV section. first off, i'm planning on 5.1 eventually. i'll do the sub later since that's a decent chunk of change and i want to do the surrounds at one time (same make of speakers and all that) btw, read zap's sound sticky already, good writing. so for starters, the four surrounds and and center channel. been looking through the part's express site for a while now, and i think i want to go with the morel mdt20 tweeters and peerless 5" woofers. most people seem to agree that 6.5" woofers are good for bookshelf systems, but i figure for surrounds i don't need that much. (wrt peerless, i've heard good and bad things from people, some say they're crap, other swear by them. is this like a Intel vs. AMD thing that i don't want to even start with, or should I know something about peerless before i go any further?) ok, speaker configuration, i've seen a number of high-end systems with D'Amato (sp?) type front left and right speakers (vertical MTM, dual woofer boxes) which supposedly form a better listening area (how does that work? I like the idea) also, wiring for those since i'm going to have to do it for the center channel anyway, i thought the impedance for the speakers was supposed to match (wiring in series or parallel would give 16 or 4 Ohm for two 8Ohm speakers, right?) so how do those fit in to the overall system (also, what does that to do power handling)? more about wiring, wrt power I understand RMS and peak, (most recievers in a price range i could look at without laughing uncontrollably tend to hit 100, or if they're higher-end, 110 watts RMS per channel) so do i guage the power handling of my speakers off the weakest link, for example, the woofer can take 150 and the tweeter, 120 so the speakers are good for 120 watts or does the crossover wiring do strange things to that? basically, i want speakers that can handle 110 watts per channel rms. more on wiring, can anyone recommend some good books on speaker and crossover design? i've read some by Vance Dickason (don't feel like reading any more of his overillustrated guides on how to use his expensive design software to come up with perfect speakers), and the library isn't very usefull since they have a very slim collection of books on building simple bookshelf speakers. I just finished "Great Sound Stereo Loudspeaker Guide" by Weems which I thought was pretty good and was considering buying it for the software but the book got ripped apart on the amazon reviews, so yet again, i'm confused. any good freeware design software out their for crossovers? the other book i was considering was "Bullock on Boxes". please help, i really want to learn, and i hope these aren't seen as stupid questions or anything, i'm just having a hard time finding answers. thanks.