Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Audio Equipment

Once upon a time, there was one way to listen to music: live. These days we're expecting our audio to be wireless, portable, customizable—and sound even better than the original recording. Below, solutions that are analog, digital, and somewhere in between.

For Headphone Aficionados
Harmon Kardon CL Headphones

Earbuds? Try ear frenemies. The tinny, tangle-prone headphones that ship with many Apple devices symbolize the tradeoffs we've made to accommodate technology's push toward convenience. Consider instead the eyeball- and eardrum-pleasing Harmon Kardon CL headphones—which have adjustable leather ear cups that block outside noise and custom buttons so you can take a phone call.

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