2012 Holiday Headphone Gift Guide from Tyll Hertsens
... from Tyll Hertsens
Sennheiser PX 200-II ($89.95)|
Sure, these handy-dandy little headphones isolate you from outside noise and fold down to the size of a pair of sunglasses, but the thing that makes them a really good gift is they sound so darn good. An ideal headphone for kids watching movies in the back of the van, great for students looking for a headphone that easily slips into a backpack, the PX 200-II is compact and durable. Also available as a headset with Apple mic and remote as the PX 200-IIi ($109.95).
Noontech Zoro (~$75)|
The Zoro may look like a Beats Solo, but there the resemblance stops because it costs less than half as much, and sounds more than twice as good. The Zoro is available in white, red, and black, and folds down into a convenient size for transport. It doesn't isolate you from outside noise particularly well, but makes a great headphone for general listening around the home and office.
Read full InnerFidelity review here.
V-Moda M-100 ($310)|
Okay, your youngster has been really good this year and you want to give a gift that will "wow" them and their love of contemporary music. Whether it's Hip-Hop, Drum 'n' Bass, Ambient, Rock, or any form of electronic music the kids listen to these days, the V-Moda M-100 cranks out the tunes. These headphones are a basshead's delight! But the goodness doesn't stop there. The tank-like build quality, amazingly small and tough carry case, great looks, and ability to get custom artwork on the "shields" will make this a gift that will keep on giving. The M-100s come in three color schemes: gloss black, matte black, and pearly white.
Audubon Bird Call (~$6.50)|
And lastly, a completely off-the-wall suggestion: The Audubon Bird Call. I bought about 50 of these a few years ago to give as gifts at Burning Man and as people shared their homes with me on my motorcycle travels. It's great to hand to someone as a gift and watch them try to figure out what it is. Once shown, people have no problem getting it to chirp and tweet. I can tell you from first hand experience, it attracts the attention of birds quite well. I always keep one in my tank bag and will often enjoy my morning cup of coffee calling birds into the campsite. Just good fun!
Available at REI here.
And here's a (pretty poor) little video of the call at work. Have a Happy Holiday!