Update: When Verizon raised the rate on set top boxes, I cancelled the one in the kitchen, and hooked it up to my main dvr with an ir transmitter for the remote, works great. So I gained some real estate by getting rid of the box. I also was tired of the sound of the Audioengines, since I had no equalization control; faint highs and boomy lows, and we often listen to music in the kitchen. I solved the problem by moving them to my pc (where critical listening isn't as critical and equalization is easy), and moving my good old Fostex G101AV's and medium-sized Teac A-H300 integrated amp from the pc to the kitchen. Problem solved. I would be happier if the Teac were even smaller, as long as it sounded as good and had as much control, but it is too good to replace. The Fostex's are taller, but not having the stb makes it acceptable. Now when these die (I have already replaced the foam once), I will look for a similar solution, not a powered speaker.