Hi, a newbie post. Ive recently built an entertainment PC and connected the Audigy soundcard to a Denon AVR-1602 via SPDIF coax. The amp drives a set of Eltax Silverados and an Eltax Sub-8. (Ive been working to a very tight budget!) Im really happy with the quality of the sound but I feel Im pushing the amp too far in terms of volume. To get room filling sound when watching TV in Pro Logic II I have to set the volume to 25 (min 60, max +15), so thats about 50% of total. Playing MP3s in 5ch stereo via Winamp I have to take it up to 15 (about 60%) and when watching DVDs playing in Dolby Digital via PowerDVD I have to turn it up to 100% (the max in this mode is lower at +3, and I have to turn it up all the way to +3). After playing MP3s for a couple of hours in 5ch stereo at 60% the amp runs very hot, so I wasnt surprised when it keeled over and died at my birthday party on Saturday after playing MP3s all night (probably for most of the time at 80-90% of maximum there were over a 100 people in the house!) Whilst the amp is at the repair shop being sorted out, Im left asking whether 70wpc is enough for me, or whether the Eltax Silverados are the right speakers for the amp as I believe that Eltax recommend an amp with 100wpc to drive them. (Im also keeping my fingers crossed that driving the speakers at full tilt with an under powered amp hasnt damaged them.) Anyway, can anyone offer any advice on this? If I replace the amp with a 100wpc or higher, what make/model would be recommended? Or would it be possible to get speakers that would deliver bigger oomph with the same amp? One other thought would cable length make a significant difference? The length to the fronts is about 8 meters, and Im using Gale XL 189. Id welcome any comments on this. Cheers, Graeme.