Inspired by the NYC neighborhood of the same name, these new Audyssey Lower East Side Speakers ($200) promise to deliver high-quality, room-filling sound from your computer, TV, iPhone, or anything else you want to connect. Thanks to .75-inch silk-dome tweeters, 3.5-inch woofers, 4-inch passive bass radiators, and Audyssey Smart Speaker digital technology, they produce sound that belies their diminutive size, while a digital optical input, 3.5mm input, and headphone jack take care of any connections you might want to make, and a front-mounted volume control lets you take the decibel level from library to lounge with the turn of a dial.
Whether you're just getting into vinyl or simply looking for a stylish replacement for your aging gear, the Pro-Ject RPM 1.3 Genie Turntable ($500) is a terrific choice. Featuring a strikingly stripped-down design, the Genie will turn heads with its looks, while the quiet running synchronous motor, two-step pulley, resonance-optimized platter, aluminum tonearm, and external power supply combine to deliver ear-pleasing sound. As for taste, smell, and touch, that's up to you.