Although I'm largely a headphone user, I've purchased active speakers for my computer system, only to be disappointed by hiss. I've bought high-end B&W MM-1 to low-end Creative speakers, and they all exhibit some form of hiss, even when no music is playing. I'm guessing it's due to the amp being housed inside the satellites.
Am I correct in understanding that hissing will not occur (or occur much less) with passive speakers and an integrated amp? I'm looking at the PSB Imagine Mini speakers and the Bel Canto cr7 integrated amp, with both sitting on my desk.