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Well by luck i found a set of Sony component cables (gold plated) at a local gamestop for $8. I plugged them in, turned on both my system and USB drive and wouldn't you know it, No interference!!
I really did not want to plunk change down for monster cables (which a lot i've seen don't have audio connectors!) Heck i wasn't even sure i wanted to spend $15-$20 on a set of Sony cables!
So i guess when it comes to hooking up powered devices, make sure you don't go cheap on the cables!
Thanks for your help guys!
Gold plated all the way....