Audiophiles we are not, but one need not be an audio nerd to know that computer and iPhone speakers deliver less-than-ideal sound. Canadian company Serene Audio really steps it up with its Talisman Active range of speakers, featuring full-range drivers and a built-in 40W amplifier that ensure top-notch performance in smaller spaces. The speakers are finished using solid bamboo with leather trim, and are formed in asymmetric shapes designed to break up standing waves within the cabinets. "Its organic yet modern shape is inspired from the trunk of an old oak tree," say the makers. "Besides, we thought it just looks cool!"