Thanks - good to know. I'd expect there to be something if I placed my ears real close to the speaker, and would be fine with that amount of noise / hiss. No amped speaker is going to be completely quiet when powered up, I just don't want to be able to easily hear it from sitting distance.
I definitely do not want to have to return a third pair of speakers, but I'm kind of undecided about whether to get active monitors like the KRK or Yamaha vs. the Swan M200 MkIII or Airmotiv4. Considering the pricier Swan T200b also. Any of those will look pretty funny sandwiching my 23" monitor.
Funny, I realized that I had an old Spherex Xbox 5.1 surround system collecting dust in the basement. A decent bargain surround system that is no longer made, the satellites are basically the same design as Mirage omnipolars, Just out of curiosity, I took down the Focals and hooked it up as a 2.1 system for the computer and it actually sounds pretty good. But it hisses also.....ugh.