Hey, good to hear you got your system up and working. Does your laptop have hdmi out? You can use that for audio.
As far as stands goes, they are a bit hit and miss, but Sanus is generally well known for cost-effective designs. Tomshardware isn't the best forum for this, I would try Avsforum, Overclock.net, or maybe Hardforum as you may get more replies.
Yeah, my laptop does have HDMI out - so that will be sufficient?
I'll have a look at Sanus for speaker stands, and also make a post at one of those other forums.
Thanks for your help.