Holiday Tech Gifts – Audio Awesomeness

Today, we’re happy to bring you some of our favorite picks in our Holiday Tech Gifts series–cool gifts for the audiophile. With music so much a part of our world, whether you’re rocking the earbuds at the gym, starting to go wireless with your home speakers, or hooking your kids up to a movie on the iPad in the backseat, we think these gifts could make a lot of people on your list very happy. Especially when you’re listening to White Christmas for the 900th time in a week.
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Beats “Pretty Sweet” Pill Wireless Speaker
For your favorite traveler, this is one heck of a portable wireless system with fantastic sound and a great look, all in its own carrying case. It’s also got Bluetooth capability and an internal mic for conference calls that sound way better than your cell phone’s speaker. ($199.95, Beats by Dr Dre)

Holiday Tech Gifts for the Audiophile: Crosley Traveler Turntable

Crosley Traveler Turntable

If you know someone who’d sooner die than toss that vinyl collection, Crosley to the rescue. While lots of their turntables cost twice as much, we love this suitcase-styled traveler turntable that places all your records (even 45s) at a decent price. ($129.99, Crosley)

Holiday Tech Gifts for the Audiophile: Deadmau5 Headphones
deadmau5 Tracks HD Headphones by Sol Republic
You kind of figure when deadmau5 is ready to lend his name to a pair of headphones that they’ll be awesome and indeed they are. The design is as amazing as the sound, and we think it could make a hipster in your life very happy.($149.95, Apple Store)

Holiday Tech Gifts for the Audiophile: 180s ear warmer headphones

180S Urban Ear Warmers with Headphones
Yesterday we featured some adorable Kate Spade headphone ear muffs, and here’s a more streamlined version especially cool for the menfolk. They’re no only comfy and warm–the stereo headphones are built in. But you can detach the cord should you be (oddly) music-free. Plus they collapse so they can be tucked right in a pocket. ($35, 180S)

 

Holiday Tech Gifts for the Audiophile: Solar Crank Radio

Dynamo Solar Crank Radio

AM/FM gets cool again with this small, funky, hand-cranked solar radio. 1 minute of cranking gets you 20 minutes of music. Great for camping or even the kids’ rooms. And hooray, no batteries! ($34, Fred Flare)

 

Holiday Tech Gifts for the Audiophile: Rdio Subscription

Rdio Unlimited Membership

Unlimited web streaming and mobile streaming of millions of songs? On your smartphone, Sonos or Roku? With no ads? Yes, please. We bet there are lots of people on your list who’d love this. ($9.99, rdio)

Holiday Tech Gifts for the Audiophile: Sonos Wireless System

Sonos PLAY:5 Wireless Audio System

Last year we recommended the PLAY:3 sound system for Sonos, which is a pretty awesome gift on its own, but if you want to go big, the Sonos PLAY:5 has incomparable sound. Especially if you pair it with the brand new, glossy Sonos Sub, the most gorgeous–and compact–subwoofer we’ve ever seen.(PLAY:5 $399, Target ; SUB $699, Sonos)

Holiday Tech Gifts for the Audiophile: Sony Kids' Headphones

Sony Kids’ Headphones
Liz discovered these headphones recently, and fell in love with the kid-made size, the sound limitation, and the foam inserts that keep direct audio away from little ears. If you’ve got a kid 8+ who’s already audio crazy, this is a choice that can make a parent feel good. And oh so grownup! ($14.99, Target)

Holiday Tech Gifts for the Audiophile: Hello Kitty Bling Earbuds

Hello Kitty Bling Earbuds
We think tweens and teens (and probably a lot of their moms) will be happy to plug in with the kawaii cuteness of these blingy earbuds. And hey, at least you don’t have to yell “turn that music down!” ($12.99, Office Depot)

Holiday Tech Gifts for the Audiophile: Skullcandy Gaming Headphones

Skullcandy SLYR Gaming Headphones
We love Skullcandy so much, we’re even giving a pair of these sweet gaming headphones away in our Holiday Tech Gift
guide giveaway (see the details below). If you’ve got a gamer in the family, these headphones in each of 3 great colors aren’t just a gift for them, they’re a gift for you. Trust us. It’s optimized just for gaming, and compatible with Xbox 360, PS3, plus PC play and even tablets and phones. ($79.95, Skullcandy)

Holiday Tech Gifts for the Audiophile: Freaq of Nature Speaker

Soundfreaq Novogratz Collection Sound Step Wireless Speaker

We love this simple little speaker even when it’s plain black or red, but this “freaq of nature” design is beautiful with wood accents. Great piece for a living room, or even a dorm. ($150, Soundfreaq)

Holiday Tech Gifts for the Audiophile: UrbanEars Tweet Plattan headphones

Tweed Plattan Headphones from Urbanears
We love these fun, affordable headphones in every color imaginable, but we especially love the new fabric covered styles, made with a veddy fawcy Harris Tweed, or an all-American denim. ($80, Urbanears)


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26 Comments

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Kellie O

    I would love to have the Soundfreaq Novogratz Collection Sound Step Wireless Speaker!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Addison Kat

    I’d love the Sonos PLAY:5 Wireless Audio System

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Lauren Lamoureux

    Sonos PLAY:5 Wireless Audio System!

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    Reply December 6, 2012

    Cool Mom Picks

    Testing comments!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    christine w.

    That music subscription sounds cool!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Linda L

    Would love the wireless speaker.

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    kristi

    Loving the Beats “Pretty Sweet” Pill Wireless Speaker.

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Donna

    Love the look of the Beats speaker

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Amy H

    Rdio unlimited membership please!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Theresa

    Wireless speaker!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Meg M.

    Love the wireless sound system!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Lynn Towill

    Freaq speaker!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    amy warren

    love the soundfreaq wireless speaker!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Kim K.

    Beats “pretty sweet” pill wireless speaker, in red please!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    ktblitz

    Sonos play

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Carol Y

    Crosley Traveler Turntable catches my eye.

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Dana G

    wireless speaker!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Julie

    I like the sony kids headphones. These would probably fit much better than our big ones!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Mary Welters

    I would absolutely love to have the SONOS3 for our house, but then again, I wouldn’t turn any of those products down!

  • Reply December 7, 2012

    Claudia

    I’d love to have the turntable. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply December 7, 2012

    Roe

    I would looove to see my child have the “Sony Kid’s Headphones”. My daughter is 13 and my son is 20. He keeps stealing her headphones and loses them and in turn will not let her borrow his so she is out of luck. It happens alll the time. He hides them or leaves them over a friends house so we can never get them back! I can only get those white ear buds one at walmart and they both always buy the same ones. If my daughter could receive those awesome headphones, number 1, he cannot say they are his, and number 2 they are so different, someone will know he has them or left them somewhere… but chances are he will never steal those knowing how girly they are!! Its Perfect!!!

  • Reply December 7, 2012

    Vickie

    The Sonos Play wireless system!

  • Reply December 7, 2012

    Nerissa

    Novogratz and sonos, please.

  • Reply December 7, 2012

    Shannah

    I would love to have the SONOS:5 Wireless Audio System:)

  • Reply December 7, 2012

    Penny

    I would love to win the Hello Kitty bling earbuds

  • Reply December 7, 2012

    Jennifer

    Sonos system would be awesome!!

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