Bowers & Wilkins A7

The Bowers & Wilkins A7 is a perfect combination of looks and power. The 12.5-pound, aluminum-and-black-cloth block lends a graceful touch to any room, and its four speakers, six-inch subwoofer, and internal DAC make even the tinniest MP3s sound polished and robust. It may cost more than other AirPlay speakers, but with built-in digital signal processing, which makes for clear-sounding audio at any volume, it's worth it. [$800; bowers-wilkins.com]