I was reading the post for the "ugliest" components.

Kinda make me wanna ask the opposite.....

My suggestion? Anything from Krell looks stunning to me. I'm a sucker for all the brushed stainless steel finishes on their KAV series components, and their higher end stuff has a very "architectural" quality to me.... they are sculpture, not boxes of circuits.

Speakers are tougher for there are so many pretty ones out there. One suggestion is the newer Martin Login series. Unique and modern.