A months ago we marveled at the cashmere-cloaked Libratone Live AirPlay speaker. It's so pretty! So European! Well now that the Denmark-designed speaker has hit US soil we're cutting up our credit cards to avoid the splurge.


With its colorful furry coat and chrome handle, the Libratone Live looks like a weird nouveau-design object until you realize it has five sweet drivers under the hood: one bass, two midranges and two ribbon tweeters. Ribbon speakers are thin and lightweight so they provide excellent high-frequency response. Ribbon speakers are also rare because they're usually very expensive. Not that this $700 unit is cheap, but at least you know you're not just paying to put a fancy sweater on your sound. [Libratone]