Stands let you place the speakers out away from walls and the reflections that ruin imaging. Which matters when you're sitting down really listening from the sweet spot. But its a whole lot less important when you're not, especially if you move around at all. Then it might be better having them on a wall, even on the proverbial bookshelf, because of the added bass reinforcement. Background listening and serious listening are two very different things, a distinction a lot of people miss in the focus on "I'm an audiophile." My advice would be take advantage of the fact they are little speakers, move em around, figure out for yourself what you need.