Libratone Zipp

With its zip-up felt sleeve and leather handle, Libratone’s Zipp looks and feels like a high-end speaker, and even more when compared to its plastic-laden competition. Where Zipp really stands out, though, is in sound quality, thanks to its 4″ subwoofer, dual 1″ ribbon-based tweeters, and Wi-Fi-based connectivity – AirPlay (for iPhone, iPod, iPad and Macs) and PlayDirect – that preserves signal integrity better than Bluetooth ever could. Other features include built-in Digital Signal Processing, a USB input, 3.5mm aux jack, 3 distinct colored felt sleeves in each box, and built-in rechargeable battery good for 4 (wireless) to 8 (wired) hours of playback.

Find it in classic and funky colors at Amazon – $450