We've seen speakers shaped like eggs, airships, and even, well, speakers, but we've never seen anything quite like these. Taking their form from mother nature, these Oma Monarch Speakers ($TBA) use their slender legs and bodies — along with their large, wing-shaped wooden baffles — to create an unmistakable butterfly shape, while two 15-inch woofers, cast aluminum alloy horns, and compression drivers deliver sound that's as unbelievable as the aesthetic.
Inspired by the NYC neighborhood of the same name, these new Audyssey Lower East Side Speakers ($200) promise to deliver high-quality, room-filling sound from your computer, TV, iPhone, or anything else you want to connect. Thanks to .75-inch silk-dome tweeters, 3.5-inch woofers, 4-inch passive bass radiators, and Audyssey Smart Speaker digital technology, they produce sound that belies their diminutive size, while a digital optical input, 3.5mm input, and headphone jack take care of any connections you might want to make, and a front-mounted volume control lets you take the decibel level from library to lounge with the turn of a dial.
Whether you're just getting into vinyl or simply looking for a stylish replacement for your aging gear, the Pro-Ject RPM 1.3 Genie Turntable ($500) is a terrific choice. Featuring a strikingly stripped-down design, the Genie will turn heads with its looks, while the quiet running synchronous motor, two-step pulley, resonance-optimized platter, aluminum tonearm, and external power supply combine to deliver ear-pleasing sound. As for taste, smell, and touch, that's up to you.