Dear experts, After a life-time as a student I am ready to move on from watching TV and listening to MP3s on my old IBM notebook... I want to become a real audiophile! Here are some questions for those of you willing to help me... My dream system would be a Media Center connected to my new 32" Philips LCD 9976 (DVI) and to some stylish active speakers with very high WAF (wife acceptance factor) such as the Bang & Olufsen Beolab 3. This configuration would be fully digital (all my CDs would be ripped) and would fit perfectly in my not-so-big living room. I refuse to have CDs laying around and big amplifier boxes in this XXI century. I like stereo music and find 5.1 too intrusive for me. FIRST QUESTION> Do I get any sound quality penalty by using PC+active speakers instead of PC+amplifier+quality (passive) speakers? if so, what alternative system would you recommend? Having said this, I believe that it is still too early to invest on a Microsoft Media Center living room machine that makes no noise and does not look like a PC: prices are still too high, not too many alternatives in the market, etc. SECOND QUESTION> Do you agree? if not, what high-WAF Media Center do you recommend? If you agree, while I wait for technology to catch up, I would buy an integrated DVD+preamp box that is not too big and that could work with my LCD TV, my future Beolab 3s, and my notebook for PC digital music... something small/unintrusive, maybe with DVD progressive scan with analog video out (not DVI, but probably good enough for the time being...). THIRD QUESTION> Can I connect the B&O active speakers to the headphones out or pre-amp out of such box? do I get any quality penalty? What box would you recommend? FOURTH QUESTION> Any other alternative to the B&O speakers? Your comments would be of great help. Thanks!