2014 Holiday Gift Guide

2018-11-22T14:49:06+00:00December 16th, 2014|Features, Holiday Gift Ideas, Home|0 Comments

Gifts Under $600

mcrb142whicucagbltkshv_f (Custom)Yamaha MCR-B142 Desktop Radio, $449

This holiday season, put quality sound & fashionable style, into the hands of a loved one.  Thanks to 4.5″ full-range drivers in large-volume speaker cabinets, along with a compressed music enhancer, this desktop radio produces rich sound from a its built-in CD player/radio tuner and can stream music via Bluetooth from your smartphone, tablet or computer.  It also offers USB and auxiliary inputs. Available in 10 fun colours! www.yamaha.ca

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Sonos CONNECT or CONNECT: AMP, $399 or $599

Sonos components will revolutionize the way your special someone listens to music, are easy to setup and come with a great controller app for Apple and Android devices. The CONNECT turns your existing stereo into a music streaming system, while the CONNECT: AMP offers built-in amps so all you need to connect to it is a pair of speakers.  Both will stream music from just about any portable device and online music service. www.sonos.com

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Aëdle VK-1 Valkyrie Headphones, $549

The VK-1 are a work of audio art and my personal beloved reference headphones… which makes them easy to recommend to anyone that listens to music on the go.  These made-in-France ultra-luxurious headphones combine high performance sound and a minimalist, refined design.   The VK-1s are very comfortable to wear and easy to listen to hours at a time, without tiring your ears.  – Suave Kajko – www.aedle.net

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Grado RS2e Reference Series Open-Back Headphones, $575

The Grado RS2e is the latest incarnation of this Reference Series headphone.  Like all Grado headphones, you can expect classic retro-styling, spacious sound and an intoxicating midrange.  The lovely wood enclosures and leather headband bring aesthetic beauty to the wonderful sound these headphones are capable of producing.  A gift that will surely be remembered for a long time.  www.gradolabs.com

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Alpha Design Labs (ADL) GT40α DAC, $598

The new GT40α is an affordable, high performance 24bit/192kHz USB digital-to-analog (DAC) and analog-to-digital converter, equipped with an MM/MC phonostage.  It allows you to hear your digital music at its best, while also giving you the means to convert your analog sources (vinyl or tapes) to digital.  Delivering smooth, detailed and clear sound, and being a veritable Swiss Army knife component, the ADL GT40α will likely be a gift that will get a lot of use.   www.adl-av.com

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Dynavector 10×5 High Output MC Phono Cartridge, $495

A turntable is limited by its cartridge and the Dynavector 10×5 is one cartridge that has had a multitude of endorsements in terms of its sheer bang for “sound buck”.  As an upgrade to any turntable, this cartridge is sure to provide great satisfaction to all but the most demanding.  With its high output, it also won’t require too much, in terms of a phonostage, to make it sing.  www.dynavector.com

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