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.