These faithful computer companions are the LaCie Firewire speakers from the drawing board of Neil Poulton, the Paris-based Scot who's something of a legend in tech design.
Now they've gone and won him a 2008 Etoile de l'Observeur du Design award from France's industrial design association, which in turn has brought them to the attention of Stuff's Gadget of the Day panel of judges.
After careful consideration of the high excursion neodymium 2in driver, class D amplifier and 4W per channel output, we've decided we will indeed confer the GOTD honour on them. We'll bet Neil's delighted.
No doubt there'll now be high demand for these instant classics. Play.com has them arriving next week, but you can place a sneaky pre-order to be first in line.
LaCie Firewire Speakers
On sale: January 25