GLA-55 ($1,000)

This striking desktop speaker system, which, with its stereo mini-jack connector is best paired with a computer or iPod, has both audio and visual appeal. The outer shell, which is formed of molded polymethyl methacrylate, the same material used in bulletproof glass, is sure to draw attention, though the audio-reproduction quality is certainly the focus of the speakers. Onboard digital amplification and signal processing keep the reproduction faithful, while ceramic-metal dome tweeters drive frequencies up to 20 kHz and aluminum cone woofers pump out a remarkable 1-inch peak-to-peak excursion for a surprising low-end response. (203.328.3500, www.harmankardon.com)

More Electronics