Hi guys, been browsing these forums for a while without any input but thought it about time i got involved. i have a problem as you can see but thought i'd give some background info: i'm a long time pc user, cubase sx3 and a shocking creative soundcard with firewire breakout box plus a pair of krk rp5's. i've been using this set up to produce (mainly) dance music for the past 5 years but have decided enough is enough after using my old college's new iMacs and Mac Pros and have finally bitten the bullet and switched allegiances. got myself an immaculate 8 month old 15" 2.4ghz penryn 4gig ram macbook pro and will be using logic pro 8, however i've hit a bit of a brick wall as regards audio interface. now i don't wanna turn this into a 'which interface is best' kinda thing as that's really not what i'm interested in - as a producer of primarily dance music, i don't need hordes of inputs and outputs as the majority of my work will be done within logic - soft synths, samplers, plug ins etc without the need to take external sound sources i.e. microphones, hardware synths etc into the laptop. i may occasionally have to record an acoustic guitar, or a vocal line or something for uni, but other than that it will all be as previously described, so I'd narrowed myself down to the apogee duet, as the most important thing to me is the best A/D/A conversion for the money without reems of unused inputs and outputs, and also portability in mind for when I take my work home with me. however, i'm confused as to hooking my monitors up to the duet; I currently have RP5s but am more than likely upgrading to vxt6's, however they both have the same inputs so that's trivial for now. i'm aware there are two very long threads in this forum dedicated to just the duet, and i have read through them, however all i can really find is conflicting information - simply, can I run an unbalanced output from the duet into a balanced input on the monitors without any problems? will i need to use any adapters, possibly 1/4" trs to xlr or something along those lines? will i have to put up with ridiculous mains hum and background noise? i'm currently running unbalanced rca's into my monitors and have a lot of noise, but i put that down to my shocking soundcard that really isn't built for musis production - here's hoping that's all it is! sorry for the length of this - this is my first post so go easy if ya could haha. thanks in advance for any help.