While many people are using headphones to listen to their movies and music, it's a safe bet that almost everyone needs a decent pair of speakers, either for their home theater systems, their computers, or their digital music players. A lot of us are content with cheap speakers, that manage to do the job well, but if you listen to a lot of music, you'll be surprised at how much better the sound is coming from some decent speakers.
1. Bowers & Wilkins PM1 Mini Monitors: There's something quite alluring about B&W. From their Zeppelin dock to these new $2,800 mini monitors, B&W knows audio. The PM1s come with an entirely new housing, which is why they are so expensive. They are only 25 inches in height but weigh 20 lbs each. They will be available in July of this year.
2. Limited Edition EOps by Michael Young: We reported on these back in 2008, but we just discovered a limited version of the wireless EOps speakers designed by Michael Young. The only problem is that they cost about $1,030 over at Colette.
3. uCube Desktop Speakers: These speakers deliver a 170-degree field of sound in small 3.25-inch package. They only require two cables, and no external power supply, cutting down on the clutter on your desk. They come with a cool aluminum stand, which will match Mac computers quite well. They are scheduled to ship in June and you can pre-order them at Crutchfield for $150.
4. Anthony Gallo A'Diva Series: These spherical speakers are quite unique and small, at a diameter of only 5 inches, but they do have enough power to fill up a room with sound. These speakers won't take up too much space. They will cost you around $200 for each speaker.
5. TDK Life on Record: These gorgeous boomboxes from TDK come with either 2 or 3 speakers and cost $400 to $500 each. They don't come with a dedicated iPod dock, but otherwise, they look quite retro-fantastic, reminding us of the good old days of portable ghetto blasters.