^^^^^ the media center is a nice piece of furniture (similar to a credenza) with three open shelves on the front (for the center speaker, blu-ray player, and the receiver) and then two cabinets with doors on either side with adjustable shelves on the inside. Plenty of room inside with nice ventilation/cable access slots in the back. The size of the switch is not a concern and neither is the ac adapter because I've got my APC UPS/surge suppressor on the bottom shelf of the cabinet. Nothing is seen at all except for the tv, the equipment in the open shelves, and the AppleTV hockey puck off to the side. Very neat and sleek. Your point about an 8-port switch is a definite consideration.