Loop by Libratone, $500
Whether mounted to a wall or stationed on its stand, the Red Dot Award–winning Loop delivers crisp, all-encompassing sound in a handsome yet compact package. The Italian-wool cover is available in eight colors. Stream tunes wirelessly from your computer or phone.
Copenhagen by Vifa, $1,216
Vifa, a loudspeaker brand that got its start in the 1930s, relaunched into the home audio market this year. The Kvadrat fabric–covered Copenhagen model comes in six colors and sports a matte-polished aluminum frame. Connects to music players via Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, and analog cords.
Boom Boom by Matthieu Lehanneur for Binauric, $249
Taking an angular tack to audio electronics, Boom Boom is more akin to an objet d’art than to its brick-like brethren. It’s chargable via USB port or outlet, Bluetooth-enabled, compatible with Apple and Android systems, and works as a speakerphone.
OD-11 by Stig Carlsson, Lars Lallerstedt, and Jesper Kouthoofd for Teenage Engineering, $899
First introduced in 1974, the OD-11 retains its minimalist styling but is updated to play cloud-based music. An added bonus: Its app mimics the look and feel of the physical remote (the red knob above).