Depending on your age and choice of music format, you may have access to some vinyl records. While we love our iPods, the warm sound from a record is really special and unique. The Crosley Traveler CR89 Turntable ($180) provides that sound in a portable setup, complete with Stack-O-Matic technology — meaning you can load up an entire stack of albums and simply walk away.
The BeoSound 3 ($850) from Bang & Olufsen is the ultimate clock radio for your bedroom or kitchen. This aluminum beauty combines an FM radio, a clock with alarm and sleep timer, a full-range loudspeaker, and a digital music player with support for SD/MMC memory cards. The BeoSound 3 is powered by a 10-hour rechargeable battery, has a tiny footprint to conserve space, and can even be hung on the wall with a supplied bracket. [via]
Make this bad boy the centerpiece of your home theater and you won't be sorry. The Sony STR-DA7100ES Receiver ($2000) delivers 170 watts x 7 channels of clean power and offers HDMI digital video switching and analog-video-to-HDMI video conversion. It's got Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6, and Pro Logic IIx surround decoding, and with its classy silver skin, it looks as good as it will make your components sound.