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Twenty Audio Amplifier

Turn your dad's old school speakers into AirPlay-enabled wonders with Griffin's Twenty Audio Amplifier ($TBA). Just add an Apple Airport Express to this white brick, and it takes your existing non-powered speakers and lets you stream lossless audio from iTunes or any other AirPlay-enabled iOS device. The Twenty offers a 2.1 channel sound system with 20 watts output per channel with support for a powered subwoofer, and sports a big aluminum knob for adjusting the sound. Because who doesn't like playing with knobs?

  • Logitech Mini Boombox

    Let's face it: the speakers built-in to our phones and tablets aren't really cutting it for anything more than the random speakerphone call or video chat. For times when you want to rock out on the go, you need something a bit more substantial — something like the Logitech Mini Boombox ($100). Powered by rechargeable battery good for 10 hours of jamming, it features a specially-designed acoustic chamber for enhanced bass, Bluetooth A2DP for wireless audio streaming and control via the backlit touch controls, a 3.5mm input for less advanced audio sources, and even a built-in mic and Bluetooth Hands-Free support for taking better-than-normal speakerphone calls. All that's missing is a (smallish) bag to carry it in.

  • Cantata Music Center

    Its name might lead you to think it was a music venue, but the Cantata Music Center (£6,000, roughly $9,700) is actually one of the world's best — and most expensive — USB-based Digital Audio Converters. Able to handle a variety of sources, from CDs via the built-in player to digital audio files stored on your Mac, PC, or NAS, the Cantata can also handle wireless or wired links via the Pont Neuf add-on, outputting its pristine audio over XLR or RCA outputs. The worst part? It'll probably end up in an entertainment center, where the gorgeous body and LED display will be hidden from view.