Home computers, quite frankly, were not designed with good sound in mind. I’d rather listen to music blaring from my clock radio than suffer through the noise that comes out of even the slot-loading iMacs, with their pair of Harman Kardon speakers. Enter
Harman Kardon SoundSticks ( ; $200
). Harman Multimedia and Apple Computer teamed up to create a system that’s cutting-edge in sound quality and style. It includes a booming bass module that also powers two satellite speaker sticks — each with four 1-inch transducers for cleaner sound than you can get from a single speaker.