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Pioneer Pure Malt Speakers

Most of the time when booze is introduced to the gadget manufacturing process, disaster results. Not so with these Pioneer Pure Malt Speakers ($600/pair). Built using solid oak repurposed from old whiskey barrels, the Pure Malts have a smooth, mellow tone and produce detailed, room filling sound that belies their smallish bookshelf-friendly size. For maximum enjoyment, listen to them while sipping on an actual glass of whiskey, and soak in the metaness. [Thanks, Joe]

  • Thodio A-Box

    With its wartime ammo box design, one might consider the Thodio A-Box ($340-$475) their portable sonic arsenal. Available in two models — one with a 2 x 25 Watts amp and woven glass speakers, and a heavier-duty one with a 2 x 70 Watts amp and woven kevlar speakers — the A-Box is made from 1mm steel plate fortified and covered in vibration damping material to keep the rattles at bay, and features indication lights in the bass tube to indicate battery status, as well as an integrated handle — like the ammo boxes of yore — and army-style paint and markings. Good luck trying to get it past airport security, though.

  • Audio-Technica Boogie Box

    Made specifically for street use, the Audio-Technica Boogie Box ($160) isn't exactly a modern version of the boombox, but it's close enough. This all-in-one speaker system features two 70mm full-range speakers, driven by an integrated 2W+2W amplifier. Plug in your iPod, cell phone, or even old-school Walkman and blare your music for all to hear — just keep in mind that if you really do play this thing on the "street," you're practically begging to get mugged, arrested, or possibly beaten down for playing "Bad Romance" on repeat.