Listen to your iTunes, Pandora, or any other computer-based audio source anywhere in your home with the Bose SoundLink ($550; August 27). The SoundLink connects to your computer using a USB dongle, which then streams any audio you like to a powerful and compact portable speaker. A rechargeable battery keeps the music playing away from outlets, and thanks to the included remote control, you can skip tracks or pause the music without making a trip back to the computer.
It might not be the all-in-one home theater box of your dreams, but the new Yamaha NeoHD ($600-$800) is certainly a step in the right direction. This streamlined receiver features three HDMI, two component, one composite, and both optical and digital audio inputs for hooking up your gear, along with an on-screen menu system — no more silly front panel LEDs — to control it all via a simplified remote. It also packs a 5.1-capable amp for powering speakers of your choice, IR blasters for controlling all the connected gadgets, and Wi-Fi in the more upscale model. [via]
Many of our favorite childhood toys relied on a pull-string start, which might explain why we're digging the Muji Wall-Mounted CD Player ($180). This compact all-in-one faces the CD outward making for an intriguing display, and also packs speakers into its body, with volume and playback controls mounted on top, and, of course, a pull-string power control. For a better idea of what we're talking about, just watch it in action. [Thanks, Stefan]