This ceiling fan has a secret. It's a fan AND a sound system. Hunter teamed up with Soundolier to make the ConcertBreeze, a wireless 2.4 GHz sound system that is 'compatible with most audio sources, including mp3 players, televisions, stereos and satellite radios'.
Now THIS makes a lot of sense. New From Sharp comes a table that's also speakers (note the subwoofer 'legs') and an FM tuner. The upper shelf will support a TV and the lower additional components. The black finish compliments Sharp's LCD TVs, of course. Considering what you get, the price isn't too bad: $1099. Via Dwell.
Even if you're not totally ready to geek out and start building robots, some basic soldering knowledge is quite useful to the basic DIYster. It requires very little investment (<$20), and can end up saving you money on audio-cable or holiday light repairs.
Here's a complete, but non-intimidating introductory how-to from HackADay.com. If you get overwhelmed, just remember: heat wire one, heat wire two, fuse with solder.
If you’re like me and think speakers are, well, generally speaking, ugly, take a look at the Soundolier. The floor lamp/cordless speaker combo would make Edison and Marconi proud–and possibly a bit envious. I’ve seen prices quoted around 379 a pop with a 79 dollar wireless audio transmitter option which lets you stream iPods and such. Now if it would only be an air cleaner as well....
In part one of this series, I introduced the concept of building DIY speakers. The lowdown is this: it isn't really that hard, and for (say) $300-$800, you can have a pair of speakers that will outperform anything at Best Buy or Circuit City, and will be better than about 75% of the stuff sold in high-end audio stores. And you'll end up paying maybe 20% of what you'd pay if you bought excellent speakers at retail.
So where to begin? Well, there...