Plugged In

Sound Judgment

Unlike ordinary speakers, these pieces double as modular sculpture. Link four end-to-end in a ring, or combine two to create a semicircular conversation piece. Inside each are a 3/4-inch tweeter and two 4-inch woofers for maximum tone. $249–$279, Home Theater Concepts, 229 Carnegie Row, Norwood, 781-769-6400,

Bright Idea

Designer Peter Stathis used state-of-the-art LED technology in the place of internal wiring to make a slim, aluminum desk light. It consumes only 9 watts of power, about 97 percent less than your typical task lamp, and will last 50,000 hours, or up to 20 years, if used daily. $350, Neena’s Design Lighting, 380 Boylston St., Boston, 617-859-1700,

Soap Opera

Kohler’s Fountainhead VibrAcoustic adds more than bubbles to your bath. An MP3 hookup lets you listen to your favorite sounds, while synchronized light, sound, and massage action prompt a deeply relaxed state. $10,000–$13,000, Splash, 244
Needham St., Newton, 800-696-6662,