Awesome Gadget Gifts for Audiophiles

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Awesome Gadget Gifts for Audiophiles
Sennheiser

The way to a person's heart is not the stomach or even the eyes. It's the ears, because that's where music gets in. So when you're shopping for the ultimate gift for that ultimate someone, choose an audio gadget: speakers, headphones, or even a music-friendly iPad dock. Here are seven great gifts for the audiophile in your life.

Braven 850
Braven

Braven 850

The Braven 850 ($279.95) may look like a fairly typical Bluetooth speaker, albeit one covered in gorgeous aircraft-grade aluminum, but it pumps out an impressive 20 watts of audio dynamite. It's portable, too, thanks to a long-lasting rechargeable battery that can actually recharge your mobile device via a built-in USB port. And if you're really feeling generous, buy two of them: the 850 supports pairing for a true stereo experience.

The Braven 850

GoGroove FlexSmart X3
GoGroove

GoGroove FlexSmart X3

Pity the poor car owner whose car stereo lacks Bluetooth. If that's someone you know, save the day with the GoGroove FlexSmart X3 ($59.99). This FM transmitter plugs into a cigarette lighter, then creates a Bluetooth audio connection with the user's smartphone. Presto: playlists, Pandora, and even phone conversations, all transmitted to the car speakers over an unused FM frequency. The X3 also has a line-in jack and a USB port for charging that phone.

The GoGroove FlexSmart X3

Griffin WoodTones Over-the-Ear Headphones
Griffin

Griffin WoodTones Over-the-Ear Headphones

Does wood make it good? Ask any audiophile and you're likely to hear a rousing endorsement for wooden speaker cabinets. The Griffin WoodTones ($99.99) are wood-encased speaker cabinets for your ears, offering the warm, rich sound afforded by your choice of Beech, Sapele, or Walnut housings. The included detachable cable includes an iPhone-friendly microphone and inline playback controls.

Griffin WoodTones Over-the-Ear Headphones

Ion Jukebox Dock
Ion

Ion Jukebox Dock

What do you get for the iPad owner who has everything? A jukebox dock, of course, which turns the tablet into the centerpiece of a retro-looking jukebox. Ion's dock ($99.99) includes lighted, multi-color neon-style trim and built-in stereo speakers. Its 30-pin connector is compatible with earlier-generation iPads, iPhones, and iPods, but there's also a line-in jack for use with newer models and other devices.

The Ion Jukebox Dock

Libratone Loop
Libratone

Libratone Loop

A wireless speaker that looks like no other, the Loop ($499.95) is a flat disc you can prop up on a tabletop (using an included kickstand) or even hang on a wall (using an included mount). It comes in a variety of colors, which are afforded by changeable wool covers designed to suit your decor. The Loop supports AirPlay, DLNA, and PlayDirect technologies for wireless streaming.

The Libratone Loop

Sennheiser Momentum
Sennheiser

Sennheiser Momentum

If you really want to score points with your favorite audiophile, gift him or her a pair of Sennheiser Momentum ($349.95) headphones. Available in black or brown (referring to the color of the sumptuous leather covering both the headband and ear cups), these over-the-ear 'phones are widely regarded as being among the best in their class. They're not cheap, but there's arguably no better treat for discriminating ears.

The Sennheiser Momentum

Sonos Play:1
Sonos

Sonos Play:1

Sonos is known for making seriously cool, but seriously pricey, whole-house audio gear. With the Play:1 speaker ($199), it's finally affordable to dip a toe into the Sonos waters. This standalone speaker, controlled by apps on almost any phone or tablet, will stream an endless variety of music: your own library, Internet radio stations, and popular services like Pandora and Spotify. And it's easy to add more Sonos speakers to other rooms of the house.

The Sonos Play:1

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