speakers

SpeckTone Retro

Passable-but-stylish iPod speaker stand.

Banshee

Why settle for a pair of measly speakers when you can have five? The Banshee is a surround-sound speaker set that uses five speakers to create an effect that audio is coming from 180 degrees in front of you.

iWoofer

This pint-sized cutie has impressive sound but disappointing FM performance. Complete with legs, eyes, and a mouth, the iWoofer will brighten your day with its cheerful, animal-like visage. It features two small front speakers and a woofer on its cute little bottom, encircled by four blue LEDs that light up when powered via AC or 4 AA batteries - the lights can be toggled by a button on the iWoofer's side. Three sound sources are supported: your iPod, a built-in FM radio, or an auxiliary input. With a set of supplied holders, the iWoofer handles and charges (over AC or USB) any iPod from the second generation forward except the nano - a separate iWoofer nano is also available.

JBL On Time

Here's an artsy - and fine-sounding - alarm clock. The iPod is no ordinary digital music player, so it's fitting that the JBL On Time looks far from ordinary. This alarm clock can play music from your iPod, and it looks good on your nightstand - assuming you've filled your room with modern Scandinavian furniture. If you're more of a traditional, Thomasville-type person, then the On Time (available in white or black) may clash with your style

iPod Hi-Fi

The Hi-Fi looks cool without its black-mesh covering.  If you want a good-sounding iPod speaker system, you can spend as little as $149.99 for the Logitech mm50 (www.logitech.com) or as much as $399.99 for the Klipsch iFi (www.klipsch.com). The iPod Hi-Fi nestles into the upper end of that range at $349. Its sound quality goes a long way toward justifying its price tag, but we can't help wishing for more from the company that invented the iPod itself.

StudioPro 3

Speakers? Nope. These are monitors. M-Audio's StudioPro 3 may look like a nice set of powered speakers, but technically, it's a pair of monitors. What's the difference between speakers and monitors? Monitors attempt to reproduce the originally recorded sound as closely and realistically as possible, a necessity in studios. The sound that emanates from these self-powered monitors is squeaky clean: singing highs, emphatic mids, and punchy bass. Turning on the bass boost adds a significant amount of boom, though probably not enough to please bass freaks-but total thump isn't what these monitors are about.

inMotion iM7

And she was all, like, "Dude! The iM7 is totally tubular!"  The inMotion iM7 is one of the best iPod speaker stands we've seen. It's attractive, sounds great, boasts a super set of features - and has only a few minor annoying quirks.