It doesn't matter whether you're a laptop or desktop man — odds are you're not completely satisfied with the tinny output of your rig's built-in sound system. Enter the Hercules XPS 101 Speakers ($TBA). This high-performance 2.1 system features a dedicated 60W sub with a front-firing powered woofer and one passive woofer on each side, two 20.5W RMS satellites with stands, die-cast metal alloy construction, piano black finishes, and a dedicated remote control. Internet videos never sounded so good.
Whether you're outfitting your small apartment, dorm room, or game room, the Logitech Z906 Speaker System ($400) can provide you with theater-quality sound — on a budget. Boasting THX certification and 500 Watts of RMS power, the Z906 includes five wall-mountable satellite speakers, a ported, side-firing subwoofer, an easy-to-read console with digital and analog inputs as well as DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 decoding, and the obligatory remote control.
While they might not blend in to every interior, with their alien pod-like design and free-floating tweeter eyes, the Philips Fidelio SoundSphere Speakers (€800; roughly $1,100) will supply great sound should they mesh well with your decor. Sporting Wi-Fi, an iPod and iPhone Dock, and AirPlay support, they're ready to blend right in with your gadget-driven lifestyle, meaning you won't have to leave your cozy womb of Twitter and Facebook to so much as change the song.
Finally, a Jawbone that doesn't hang off the side of your head like geek jewelry. The Jawbone Jambox ($160) is a new portable speaker and speakerphone featuring Bluetooth audio and hands-free capability. It's got stereo drivers for a peak volume of 85 decibels, a 3.5mm input jack for non-Bluetooth audio sources, an integrated rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, and a total of three buttons, or one less than the iPhone you'll be using it with. See it in action.
If Steve Jobs had a secret DJ alter-ego — DJ Vegan Monk, perhaps? — he'd probably do his spinning on the Hoerboard Scomber Mix Table (€1,700; roughly $2,300). Mixing a CNC-designed MDF top deck — customized to hold your gear, and sporting a built-in power point to eliminate unsightly cables — with a laser-cut, powder-coated steel support, the Scomber looks more than a little like an iMac that's looking straight up at the sky — in a good way, of course. [via]