2012 Holiday Headphone Gift Guide from John Grandberg

... from John Grandberg

Horns for the Holidays - Jerry Junkin and Dallas Wind Symphony (Reference Recordings RR-126) ($16.98)
121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_JG_HornsThere must be countless albums full of Christmas music out there, with more coming every year. Unfortunately, much of it is poor in both musical quality and content. Not so with the latest from the Dallas Wind Symphony, courtesy of the aptly-named Reference Recordings. This brilliant album is full of Christmas music that you'll actually enjoy listening to--and it will sound great on your system, too.

Link to product page.

Emotiva Pro Airmotiv5 ($399)
121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_JG_airmotiv5Just add source: the Emotive Airmotiv5 active monitors are great all around performers. Suitable for desktop use, they can also fill a decent sized room with authority. Plenty of adjustments on the rear panel ensure a smooth, balanced sound, and the 5-year warranty inspires confidence. An excellent gift for those looking to venture outside the headphone realm.

Read full InnerFidelity review here.
Link to product page.

Leckerton UHA-6S mkII ($279)
121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_JG_LeckertonTalk about a great stocking stuffer--this little unit has it all. The high-quality DAC section has 3 inputs so it works just as well at home as it does on the road. It also has an excellent headphone amp, with high/low gain setting to accommodate a wide range of headphones. Highly recommended.

Read full InnerFidelity review here.
Link to product page.

MOG Streaming Music Service ($4.99/mo computer only, $9.99/mo all platforms)
121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_JG_MOGWith all this talk about measurements and equipment, it's important to remember the thing that we are all working so hard to accurately reproduce--music. Giving the gift of music is almost always appreciated. But what to give? Simple--give them access to practically everything with MOG! MOG gift cards are available exclusively through Target and come in $20 increments--enough for two months of unlimited service.

Read about MOG in this Innerfidelity streaming music services review.
Link to MOG.com.

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