First a warning... any audiophile types should probably not read this because what I'm going to say is going to sound like nails on a chalkboard to them OK.. I have two Sony SS-B1000's as my surround speakers. currently they're on two end tables on either side of a couch, but that puts them somewhat low to be at the always-recommended "listener ear level" (unless of course I slump down all the way in the couch, which is fine if I'm alone but my wife gets mad at me if I sit that way when company's over). Plus they're so low that if more than one person sits on the couch they completely block the speaker. If I could get them 15 to 20" higher that'd be perfect. I've seen speaker stands this height as low as around $60, but honestly that just seems like a lot of money for a $50 pair of speakers. Yes I know good stands are important to good sound reproduction, especially bass, but my bass is going to the subwoofer anyway and although the Sony's are a nice set of speakers I just don't think they're really good enough (or my middle aged ears discerning enough) to warrant spending that kind of money (oy just heard an audiophile hit the ground in pain over that comment ) Anyone have any ideas for any less expensive (but not completely ugly) alternatives?