Hi, I'm new to these forums and recording. I wanted to see if any of you guys concur with my hypothesis on a problem I'm having with my monitors. I feel that I have a pretty good 'noobie' DAW and don't think the issue is with any of the equipment (20" iMac w/ 2 GB RAM - 2 GHz Intel Core Duo Processor with a Firepod; All connected equipment is plugged into a Furman M-8.) My monitors (M-Audio BX5a's also plugged into the Furman) seem to eminate a small bit of, I guess you would call it, a "running noise" or "white noise". When the monitors and everything are on including the computer, but there is no music playing or anything, you can hear it. It's probably at the level of a whisper, but it is audible. Now when I unplug the quarter inch cable from both monitors it's gone. Does anyone think this might be silenced if I were to get better cables. Right now, I'm using a 3 ft. long 16 gauge LiveWire 1/4 in. line to 1/4 in. line cable for each monitor, as recommended by the Pro Audio guy at Guitar Center when I bought my monitors. Should I be using 1/4 to XLR? and/or should I get a better brand and/or gauge of wire? It's not a huge deal or problem, but the audiophile in me leads me to believe that it may be ever so slightly coloring the sound when mixing. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advanced for your help.