Is it a TV stand? Or a speaker system? In fact, the Geneva XXL Sound System is both. In development for several years, this beastly system is designed to hold TVs up to 65 inches in size, while providing plenty of audio oomph via seven speakers — including an 8-inch sub — with matching Class D amplifiers. There's room inside for a set top box or two, complete with an IR repeater so they can remain hidden, and getting audio into it is no problem, either, thanks to both AirPlay and Bluetooth support. And unlike most systems, its sleek body and piano-lacquered finish will blend well with even the most modern of decor.
In case you've ever wished you could have a soundtrack to your life — and not just music that played along, but a tune that actually responded to your activities — there's the Jalapeno Beat Maker ($200). Made with adventure sports in mind, including snowboarding, skiing, skating, and BMXing, this small red device attaches to your board, ski, bike, whatever, and actually remixes music as you ride and execute tricks. Able to mix up to four layers at a time from the Beats Farm music library, tracks you make yourself, or music from your digital library, this device is durable enough to withstand just about anything you could put it through. Listening to music while you hit jumps, carve slopes, and more will never be the same.
Picture a remote in your mind. What did you see? A long, rectangular black box with some rubbery buttons on it? Because that's what 99% of audio systems ship with, despite the fact that the iPod proved long ago that's not a good interface for controlling your music. The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Essence ($1,000) is closer to what it should be. This Nest-sized remote can sit or hang nearly anywhere, controlling a hideaway box that offers power for a set of stereo speakers, as well as Wi-Fi for AirPlay and DLNA streaming, and direct connection to Spotify, QPlay, and other Internet radio sources. An ideal companion for B&O speakers.