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Pioneer Elite SC-57 Receiver

Never mind the fact that it's quite a chore just to find 7.2-channel content for your high-end home theater — the Pioneer Elite SC-57 Receiver ($2,000) is ready to up the ante with a completely unnecessary 140 watts over nine channels, making it a 9.2-channel beast. Features include the ability to use those nine channels in one of ten configurations, a new Class D3 amplifier — "the most powerful amplifier of any multi-channel A/V receiver in the industry," according to the company — THX Ultra 2 Plus and AIR Studios Monitor Certification, HDMI switching, and AirPlay support so you can stream your music straight from your iPad or iPhone, no wires required.

  • Sonos Play:3

    Find yourself in music streaming nirvana with the Sonos Play:3 ($300). This pint-size powerhouse features three digital amps, two mid-range drivers, a single tweeter, and a bass radiator for exceptional sound, an Ethernet port for connecting it to your network to open a world of music streaming options — including Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, and more — and compatibility with the company's proprietary SonosNet wireless networking. Unfortunately, there's no built-in Wi-Fi, but at least you can control the thing with your phone, tablet, or iPod touch.

  • Oma Monarch Speakers

    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.