Philips Fidelio SoundSphere Speakers

While they might not blend in to every interior, with their alien pod-like design and free-floating tweeter eyes, the Philips Fidelio SoundSphere Speakers (€800; roughly $1,100) will supply great sound should they mesh well with your decor. Sporting Wi-Fi, an iPod and iPhone Dock, and AirPlay support, they're ready to blend right in with your gadget-driven lifestyle, meaning you won't have to leave your cozy womb of Twitter and Facebook to so much as change the song.

  • Denon N7 Streaming Receiver

    Give your vintage speakers a passport to the future by hooking them into the Denon N7 Streaming Receiver ($480). This 65 Watt AM/FM/CD/iPod receiver features built-in Ethernet and Wi-Fi, giving you access to networked features like access to digital files stored on a PC or NAS, support for audio streaming from Pandora, Napster, or Rhapsody, support for remote control via the Denon remote app for iOS, and AirPlay support, making that iPod/iPhone dock on top just a wee bit redundant. Also pairs well with Denon's SC-N7 Speakers ($135; pictured).

  • Perch Speaker

    2011 seems to be shaping up as the year of the wireless portable speaker, and the Perch Speaker ($180) looks to be one of the more stylish options out there. This two-piece speaker/dock features Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a magnetic charger built into the dock, which also sports a tray for charging your smartphone or media player, a built-in digital clock with alarm function, and an integrated microphone for speakerphone calls. Get in early to lock in the price - it'll rise to $200 once the first round of commitments is over.

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