Don't-Miss Speaker Stories

Aluratek Brick iPhone/iPod alarm clock

If audio is your primary concern, the Brick satisfies the ears at a reasonable price. However, its other feature aren't as solid.

Aliph Jawbone Jambox

The Jawbone Jambox's look, features, portability, and sound are each top-notch, and the company's MyTALK downloadable software offers a nice bit of extra functionality.

Harman Kardon Go + Play Micro

The Go + Play Micro is attractive, sounds very good, and is very straightforward to use. The unit’s bulk and cost are the two biggest factors to consider before you buy, but its sound and design will not disappoint.

Altec Lansing Octiv Mini (M102)

The Octiv Mini is a simple, compact charging dock with a decent speaker for casual listening and alarm-clock use. It's a great idea, but a few significant flaws hold the Octiv Mini back.

Geneva Lab Geneva Sound System Model S

Geneva Lab's Geneva Sound System Model S is an eye-catching speaker system with a clever, touch-sensitive control system and excellent sound quality.

Blue Sky Exo2 Stereo Monitoring System

Blue Sky's updated Exo 2.1 desktop speakers deliver solid sound at a reasonable price.

Logic 3 i-Station Rotate

The i-Station Rotate is a solid iPod and iPhone speaker system, from its design to its portability, from its remote to its audio quality.

What to buy: the dream home office

Here's one home-office setup—including a top-rated desktop Mac, multifunction printer, high-capacity backup drive, and speakers—that can crank out professional-looking work for you from 9 to 5, then serve as your family's multitasking, multimedia, multi-user machine after hours.

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Wireless

The wireless version of Klipsch's venerable ProMedia 2.1 speaker system lives up to its wired sibling's pedigree when it comes to audio quality, although the wireless functionality is more limited in its appeal.

Altec Lansing inMotion Classic and Compact

You can't go wrong with either of these Altec Lansing units. If you need more portability, and you don't mind using AA batteries in exchange for better battery life, then go with the Compact. If you prefer a built-in battery, along with the luxuries of a remote control, an FM radio, and more onboard controls, the Classic will suit you perfectly.

iHome iA5

The iHome iA5 alarm clock might be just another iPod-dockable speaker unit, were it not for integration with a free companion iPhone app.

Digital Audio Group Livespeakr

The Livespeakr is a decent portable speaker system for the iPhone and iPod touch, although its flimsy cradle takes away from an otherwise unique design.

Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 desktop speakers

At $500, B&W's desktop computer speakers are anything but inexpensive, but you're paying not only for style, but an impressively clean and balanced sound in computer speakers.