Based on Ferguson Hill's highly-praised FH001 speakers, the FH007 Mini Speaker System ($1000) offers superb sound from a small, transparent package. The system includes two horn speakers, two separate bass speakers, and an integrated amplifier that supplies 16 watts to each. The amp was designed for direct connection to a computer or media player and features a simple line-in jack. Great sound, with looks to match.
If your current audio setup leaves something to be desired, and you happen to have a boatload of cash, the Vivid Audio B1 Loudspeaker ($13,500/pair) may be just what you're looking for. The B1s incorporate four drivers in a dead-sexy enclosure that delivers dynamite sound. The speakers feature a tweeter and mid range on the front, with a mid-bass on the front and rear. The two mid-bass drivers are internally coupled via a screw tensioning unit for reaction canceling, and the cabling is routed through the arms of the base, leaving its great looks intact.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, graphic designer Scott Reinhard combines vintage maps with elevation data to create stunning pieces of art. Reinhard uses a chromogenic process to create each print, which takes traditional color photography development and integrates 3-dimensional data with paper maps for a result that is so visually appealing, you'll be tempted to reach out and feel what looks like 3D texture. The process brings the maps to life, creating a 2D print that is vibrant and detailed giving you a unique work of art that blends history and modern technology. In addition to the topographic maps, Reinhard creates compelling digitally rendered maps and has even adopted his technique to the surface of the moon.
Creators of boots with unmatched comfort and protection from the elements since 1870, Blundstone turns up their legendary 550 series to the max with these boots. The Super 550 has everything you love about the originals, including the classic Chelsea silhouette, an SPS max comfort system for shock absorption, and a cushioned midsole for added comfort. The upgrades come in the form of leather lining, and XRD tech in the heel strike zone added to the removable footbed for an extra level of shock absorption and comfort. Available in a variety of colorways, each pair has an iconic, rugged look that feel right at home wherever you wear them.
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The BlueDot Divita BDM-100S ($489), while looking like a distant cousin to the Battlestar Galactica Cylons, is actually a high-end DVD and CD storage tower. It stores up to 100 shiny discs inside its tower body and has a 1.8-inch color display with a number pad. You can catalog your discs by title for organization purposes.
If you're looking for some unique speakers, consider the Audio-Technica AT-DSP190 Columino Digital Powered Speakers ($200). This speaker pair, available in black or white, looks something like a nouveau bowling pin, featuing a cone-shape body design which sends sound downward for spreading out from the base. The built-in blue LED lights give you that after party glow.
Originally created as book covers, these archival-quality art prints add a fresh, colorful layer to the iconic Ian Fleming's James Bond legacy. Each limited-edition print features a different Bond girl from the respective title, and are printed on thick, 100% cotton rag paper that's signed and numbered by the artist Michael Gillette. The hand-torn border adds a distinct look to each, and they can be float mounted or matted. Each is officially licensed by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. We've chosen to offer our favorite Bond titles, including Casino Royale (the first book in the series), Dr. No (the first Bond film), Goldfinger, Quantum of Solace, For Your Eyes Only, and Moonraker. Available in both large and small formats. Other than Gillette himself, Uncrate is the only authorized retailer of these James Bond prints.
Designed with smart travelers in mind, this durable pack from Aer will keep you organized as you breeze through security on your next trip. The versatile carry-on pack is made with a ballistic nylon exterior and features an easy access front-panel loading design with plenty of space for all your essentials. The bag also has a padded quick access laptop pocket, comfy shoulder straps, and a separate compartment for your shoes. And while it's perfect for travel, the pack is also a great everyday option, with a stealth design that helps it fit in everywhere.
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Harman Kardon makes kick ass home theater receivers, and the HS500 Home Theater System ($1200; Spring 2007) looks to bring that level of quality to the home theater-in-a-box category. It packs a punch with a 5.1-channel receiver/DVD player, five satellite speakers, a 200-watt subwoofer, and other features like HDMI connectivity, built-in 1080i video processing, and two USB ports for hooking iPods and other players. [via]
HD Radio may or may not be one of the next big technologies, but you can at least try it out for yourself with this stylish Boston Acoustics Receptor Radio HD ($300). A tabletop design offers up rich FM sounds which border closer to CD quality, as well as coming with a satellite speaker for stereo sound. You can even connect an iPod via an input jack while also waking up to dual independent wake-up alarms as the text of HD Radio music playing streams across the LCD screen.