Holiday Gift Guide 2013 - Portable Audios

8/31/2013 11:27:44 AM

If you intend to buy smartphones, tablets or laptops for you and your loved ones this holiday season, you are likely to make sure that most of them will not make the good sound quality when left to their built-in devices. That is the reason why we are here to highlight some of the portable audio devices that will help you enjoy at home and on the road with interesting sonic clarity. We have narrowed down the wired headphones, wireless headphones and wireless speakers that mix styles, portability and, of course, quality to please many music enthusiasts.

Wired headphones

V-MODA M-100

Created with the ideas from the audio enthusiasts at Head-Fi, the M-100 is a hybrid between V-Moda's M-80 on-ears and LP2 DJ headphones. The result is a headset that focuses on fashion, portability with HiFi DNA. The construction is in the military grade, with interchangeable cables, replaceable leather earpads, customizable ear plates and folding earcups, which helps ensure that these over-ear (but still small) headphones will also be ready for your everyday public transport trips. The M-100s will not be available until the end of this season, but you are able to pre-order.

Main specifications: Cliqfold earcup hingers, ultra-durable MIL-STD-810G metal construction, carrying case, two cable inputs, earcup panels can be customized and replaced, Kevlar-coated cable with a one-button remote / mic, foam earpads.

Price: $300 to $310 from V-Moda

Wired headphones

Wired headphones


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Klipsch Image S4i Series II

It has been many years since Klipsch introduced the S4 in-ear headphone series, and we still think they are among the best headphones for approximate $100. Its latest version has the flat cable system and updated remotes, but the rich sound and comfortable fit remain the same.

Price: $99 on Amazon

Bowers & Wilkins P3

Downsided from the leather-coated P5 headphones of B & W, the P3 is a pair of luxury headphones for your ears. They feature folding earcups and foam earpads. Best of all, the cable system has the iOS remotes / mics and earpads that are replaceable.

Price: $239 on Amazon

Wireless headphones

Zik Parrot by Starck

Really, you are unable to go wrong with the Parrot Zik by Starck Bluetooth headphones as a gift for audio enthusiasts in your life. They are not only good-looking thanks to Philippe Starck's synthetic leather-and-metal design, but also offer everything from a touch control on the right earcup to support NFC and active noise reduction. Is it impossible to wrap it around your head? Please check out the imposing specifications list below, and you will understand why we recommend these high-end headset suites. Just select a secondary battery for $ 30, since you will only have the average of six hours per charge with the wireless and ANC functionality enabled

Main specifications

NFC, active noise reduction, touch-enabled gesture control, Jawbone sensor, dedicated speech microphone, replaceable Li-ion battery, Parrot Audio Suite applications, Bluetooth 2.1, pressure-sensitive head detection.

Price: $399 on Amazon

A pair of wireless headphones

A pair of wireless headphones

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Harman Kardon BT

This is a set of headphones you should look to dip a toe if you wish Bowers & Wilkins would produce ​​wireless versions of its headphones. A luxurious metal-and-leather, retro-inspired design combines with modern Bluetooth wireless streaming and iOS-compatible on-ear controls to experience high-end luxury mobile listening.

Price: $ 250 from Apple

Jaybird Freedoom Sprint

Jaybird clearly understands when it comes to audio device focused on exercise. Freedom Sprint delivers performance similar to its JF3 in-ear headphones in a package that is 40% smaller. Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR streaming and secure-fitting earbuds will help ensure you will not be entangled during your workouts.

Price: $130 on Amazon

Portable wireless speakers

Beats by Dr. Dre Pill

Dr. Dre thinks that it is time for a new regulation when it comes to strengthening your mobile sound needs in a small speaker. With four 1-inch drivers, a mini speaker suite inspired by this medication provides sound beyond other portable Bluetooth speakers in this price range, supporting Apt-X and AAC codecs. The rechargeable lithium ion battery will allow you to hear for about seven hours, while tap-to-pair NFC can be connected to your smartphone easily.

Main specifications: Small size, four 1- inch drivers, NFC, built-in microphone, Apt-X and AAC support, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm input and output jacks, micro-USB charging.

Price: $200 on Amazon

A portable wireless speaker

A portable wireless speaker

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Logitech UE Mobile Boombox

The UE mobile is 10.51 ounces heavy, but it still creates about 10 hours of use from the battery inside. It charges via micro-USB, although a 3.5mm input is available if you prefer to avoid the wireless streaming. It also has many colors, so you're sure to find one that matches your mood.

Price: $100 on Amazon

Libratone Zipp

Libratone Zipp is quite large for a portable speaker, but it has an available important trick: AirPlay Direct. Adding a bit of Scandinavian style, this specific wool grille can be removed and swapped with two additional colors included in the box.

Price: $449 from Libratone



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