harman/kardon SoundSticks III
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A lot of companies boast about the design of their speakers, but only one (at least on this list) can say its speakers are a part of the permanent collection at the NYC's Museum of Modern Art. Designed by Apple's Jonathan Ives, the guy that's designed all your favorite Apple products, the SoundSticks have remained one of the best sounding and best looking speaker sets on the market, which is remarkable since the design has remained unchanged for over a decade. On the technical side, you get a powerful subwoofer and two satellites each with four full-range transducers. Functional art at its finest.