If you're looking for some unique speakers, consider the Audio-Technica AT-DSP190 Columino Digital Powered Speakers ($200). This speaker pair, available in black or white, looks something like a nouveau bowling pin, featuing a cone-shape body design which sends sound downward for spreading out from the base. The built-in blue LED lights give you that after party glow.
Harman Kardon makes kick ass home theater receivers, and the HS500 Home Theater System ($1200; Spring 2007) looks to bring that level of quality to the home theater-in-a-box category. It packs a punch with a 5.1-channel receiver/DVD player, five satellite speakers, a 200-watt subwoofer, and other features like HDMI connectivity, built-in 1080i video processing, and two USB ports for hooking iPods and other players. [via]
HD Radio may or may not be one of the next big technologies, but you can at least try it out for yourself with this stylish Boston Acoustics Receptor Radio HD ($300). A tabletop design offers up rich FM sounds which border closer to CD quality, as well as coming with a satellite speaker for stereo sound. You can even connect an iPod via an input jack while also waking up to dual independent wake-up alarms as the text of HD Radio music playing streams across the LCD screen.
One of the worst things about home theater is the mess of speakers that you need to place throughout your living room — that is, unless you get this. The Philips HTS8100 SoundBar Home Theater System ($1000; Q2 2007) is a simple unit that features five amplifiers and a DVD player, along with a dedicated subwoofer. The bar incorporates multiple technologies including array processing, precise driver positioning and psycho-acoustics to deliver a full surround sound experience from a single bar. It's the perfect complement to your new flat-panel HDTV.
Add a little style and flair to your home media room with the Polk Audio RM6900 speaker system ($600). This compact six piece, 5.1-channel surround sound setup sports anodized aluminum enclosures and makes use of high tech materials and features to deliver maximum sound quality. The center channel speaker, for example, has a cradle which can aim the speaker towards the listener.