Sure, there are countless “home theater in a box” systems out there, but most of them are generic, cheap looking silver boxes that look like something that only belongs on a shelf at your local Best Buy.
(*Siamese cat not included.)
Leave it to those shmancy European designers to come up with something with a little more style. Designed by Marcel Wanders, the minimal “Theatre + DVD” system, is a simple black wooden table with a full home theatre receiver hidden beneath its surface. The system features a 5.1 surround amplifier, subwoofer and a DVD player. The surround speakers are housed in black “pebble” enclosures that make the whole system seem very “zen.” The subwoofer amplifier is rated at 30 watts RMS and the satellites are rated at just 5 watts per channel. While this certainly won’t blow the roof off your media room, it’s probably sufficient for most smaller living spaces.
Available from Dutch electronic manufacturer, Holland Electro (click on the “Marcel Wanders” link to view the online catalog,) the system is priced at 299 Euros (about $389 USD).