Wow... how did you know it was me Spamboy? I did find the Aktimate to have absolutely no hiss or buzz. Not sure why the Cnet ones says it does. If that is the case, I reckon it's the source or the interference along the cable as well. The set I used for review was dead silent even from low to high levels of music being played. It certianly doesn't have as much bass as a Logitech boom box, but it certainly has a lot of bass for a stereo bookshelves. Absolute beauty of a speaker. I highly recommend it.