Philips, $999 philips.com.au ★★★★ These speakers barely look like speakers at all. Made from handcrafted, lacquered wood, they appear more like two flower buds ready to bloom. The sphere-shaped creations deliver crisp sound with very little distortion, helped by two tweeters and one mid-woofer. These high-end speakers are also equipped for Apple’s AirPlay and users can hook up an Apple gadget to this system wirelessly using a Philips app that loads when connected. The speakers must be connected by a cord, sullying their wireless effect, and offer no iPod dock option.