We don’t know what it is about speakers. Manufacturers occasionally go crazy with their designs, and many people—us included—eat them up. Take Edifier’s Prisma E3350 2.1 Speakers ($130). They may look like futuristic obelisks or pyramids, but we’d be happy to have them next to a Mac. Oh, and they have pretty good specs, too.
The set comes with two narrow satellites and a much wider woofer—that’s where all the connectors are located. Inside is a 5” magnetically-shielded driver, while each of the satellites has a 2.75” oval-shaped driver and 3/4” dome tweeter. Five speakers of these sizes is a nice balance, especially for the price. We also like the separate wired controller for those times when physical volume adjustment is desired. Silver, white, metallic mauve, black, gem blue, purple, gold, and green versions are available.