A tubular periscope or something off the deck of a P&O cruise ship -- the two images that appeared in our heads when we unboxed LaCie's FireWire speakers. The smooth white tubes, designed by Neil Poulton may have a nautical feel, but they're right at home flanking an LCD monitor or laptop screen.
A 6-pin FireWire 400 port connection provides both power and audio, meaning there isn't a tangle of cables or a chunky power adaptor to deal with. AC power is an option, but you'll need to buy the adaptor separately. You can also plug in an MP3 player via the 3.5mm line-in port -- there's a cable in the box.
The left speaker is a study in purest minimalism, with just one thin hardwired cable emerging elegantly from the recessed underside. This cord plugs into the underside of the right speaker, where you'll also find the power socket, line-in port and an LED that glows sapphire when the speakers are plugged in.