I was looking to do a simple speaker upgrade for my mac, and somewhere along the line it turned into me building an entry level hi-fi system. I have decided on the B&W 685 speakers and Rotel equipment. Keeping in mind that this is for a medium sized bedroom: 1. Is the difference between using an integrated amp versus a pre-amp and power amp setup that different considering the extra cost? For the integrated setup I was looking at: Rotel RA-1062 For the pre/power amp setup: Rotel RC-1070 and Rotel RB-1072 2. How would playing an Apple Lossless file from the aux port on my powerbook compare to playing the actual cd from a quality player? I was looking at the Rotel RCD-1072 CD player. 3. I need cable recommendations. I want to bi-wire the speakers, connect my laptop to the amp, and possibly connect a CD player to the amp. I don't want to spend more than $200 on cables. Thank you in advance for your help and recommendations.