The Logitech Squeezebox Boom ($300) is one of the simplest ways we've seen to stream your digital music collection to any room in your house. And when your computer is off, you can stream web radio stations and other music services, including Rhapsody, Last.FM, Slacker, Pandora and Sirius. The all-in-one network music player uses true 802.11g wireless technology and features an integrated 30-watt amplifier and high-performance speakers with two ¾-inch soft-dome tweeters and two 3-inch long-throw woofers. The Boom also has a remote, an external subwoofer connection, a headphone jack, and works as an alarm clock, waking you up to the flavor of the month.
Fulfill your dream of becoming a nerdful mix master with the Sony Xross Fade ($500; Sept.). This sleek DJ-style shelf system has dual iPod docks, CD player, and an AM/FM tuner, letting you mix music from each of these sources. The Xross Fade offers a party-worthy 450 watts of total power output, pumping your tunes through a pair of two-way bass reflex speakers and a dual 7-inch subwoofer enclosure. Aspiring DJs will appreciate the simplified cross-fader with monitor cue and a built-in two-channel mixer. Plus, a USB recording feature saves mixing sessions to a USB device in MP3 format, while another function easily converts CDs and AM/FM radio to MP3s.