Great sounding speakers don't have to look like oversized black boxes. The People People Transparent Speaker frees interior designers from the tyranny of traditional home audio components by placing powerful speakers in a clear glass box that's large enough to produce great sound but allows its surroundings to shine through. Features include a 6.5-inch woofer, dual 3-inch full range drivers, an energy efficient, built-in amplifier with embedded digital signal processing, front panel treble, bass, and volume controls, two auxiliary inputs, a USB power port, and a "toaster slot" that can hold an Apple AirPort Express, turning the rig into a high-end AirPlay speaker.
Sometimes you don't need the entire universe of audio sources at your disposal. Sometimes just a radio will do. And for times like those, the Tivoli Model One Radio is a great choice. This compact system features a state-of-the-art discrete FM tuner for outstanding sound, an AM radio, and a three-inch long-throw driver, all housed in a furniture-grade, handmade wood cabinet with a simple, timeless design. When you do feel like listening to something else, there's also a 3.5mm auxiliary input for playing anything you can imagine right from your phone.
As much as our music consumption habits evolve over time, it's tough to beat a great album and a pair of headphones. The Ragnarok Amplifier from Schiit might be the ultimate headphone amp, with up to 100 watts per channel into 4 ohms, 3 selectable gains, and an advanced 16-bit Microchip microcontroller that monitors and controls all aspects of its operation. And this amp isn't just for personal headphone sessions, but is fully capable of powering high-end loudspeakers as well. Made in Valencia, California and burnt in for 100+ hours before being shipped.
Normally, technology and history don't mesh so well. The BeamBox is an exception to this rule. Handcrafted from reclaimed, hand-hewn barn wood, it's as much an intriguing decoration as a gadget, and will great in nearly any environment. Of course, it needs to sound great, as well, and it has this end of things covered with dual 4-inch speakers that fire to the sides for room-filling audio and a built-in amp with a maximum output of 60W.