2012 Holiday Headphone Gift Guide from Dinny FitzPatrck

... from Dinny FitzPatrick

Logitech UE Mobile Boombox ($99)
121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_Dinny_BoomboxThe BlueTooth speaker category is a crowded space, but Logitech UE nailed it with the Mobile Boombox. Punchy sound, rugged construction, and ease-of-use add up to make one of those products you don't remember how you lived without. I've been watching lots of movies on my iPad/MacBook recently, and this little speaker makes that experience much better. Plus, the device is simple enough that my young son can pair it to my (who are we kidding? His) iPad in the back of the car and then rock out. That's pure win for long drives, and a gift for kids and parents alike.

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AudioQuest DragonFly ($249)
121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_Dinny_DragonflyAn almost impossibly neat little package for so much DAC tech goodness. The DragonFly's design simplicity belies its functionality. Use it as a sweet headphone DAC/amp or take advantage of the fixed line out capability and use it as a standalone USB DAC in your big rig. The sound quality is good enough that it is suitable for both. Just make sure the recipient doesn't think it's just another thumb drive!

Manufacturer's product page.

Grado 1/4" to 1/8" Adapter ($14.95)
121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_Dinny_GradoYou can buy these adapters as straight-through plugs, but it often makes for a very clumsy situation at the headphone jack. Adapters like Grado's, with a bit of cable for strain relief, make a lot more sense. You can get this style of adapter for less with a no-name brand, but what fun is that? Build quality on this cable is solid--your lucky gift recipient will have it for years. Until someone "accidentally" grabs it at a local meet.

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Happy Holidays everyone!

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