Hi, I am a relative newbie posting for the 1st time requesting advice on the proper way to connect and configure speakers to my receiver.\n\nI purchased a Yamaha RX-V485 receiver to power (4) Niles OS5.5 outdoor speakers to provide music to my backyard (patio \/ screened porch). I am looking to have all 4 speakers to have the same output. \n\nI have read several postings as well as read the manual and looked online for guidance and am frankly confused.\n\nFrom what I read I think I have multiple options but am not sure and if I do I would appreciate feedback on which would be considered optimal and why?\n\nWhat I think my options are:\n\n1. Connect 2 speakers in series to each of the 2 front speaker outputs\n2. Connect 1 speaker to the FL, 1 to the FR, 1 to the each of the zone B outputs. If this is the optimal configuration would I need configure the speaker size and crossover frequency\n\nBeing the woofer size on my outdoor speakers meet the criteria of a small speaker but the fronts default to large if the subwoofer is set to none, should what should I do? Should I trick the system to think I have a sub and set the crossover to 100HZ?\n\nIf I leave the fronts set to the no subwoofer default of large should I also tell the system the rears are large?\n\nWill the volume output from the fronts and surrounds be equivalent?\n\nI am also confused by the choice of 20 different sound programs....I think the best for what I am trying to accomplish is:\n\n5ch Stereo - Use this program to output sound from all speakers. When you play back multichannel sources, the unit mixes down the source to 2 channels, and then outputs the sound from all speakers. This program creates a larger sound field and is ideal for background music at parties. \n\nSpeaker Specs:\n\nWoofer Size 5 (Inches)\nWoofer Construction 5" Interlaced Carbon Fiber Cone Is Extremely Rigid To Reduce Breakup And Lower Distortion\nTweeter(s)1" UltraSilk Dome With Fluid-cooling And Ultra-wide Dispersion For Clear, Detailed And Extended High Frequencies\nFrequency Response 100Hz - 21kHz +\/-3dB\nImpedance 8 (Ohms)\nPower Handling 100 (Watts)\nSensitivity 90 (dB)\n\nI appreciate you reading this far and look forward to your advice.\n\nThanks!!