I am looking into making one of these: http://www.macmod.com/content/view/210/2/ Now I am starting off by figuring out how I will get surround sound out of the laptop. One option would be to get a higher end laptop and just use the optical out. The other option is to get a FireWave. Is there any other option? What laptops support optical out? I will keep you posted on how it turns out. Off to ebay I go.