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 Bluetooth Fans
JBL Flip

There are more portable Bluetooth speakers on the market than Santa has elves, but for last-minute gift buying on a budget, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better one than this. With more than five hours of rechargeable battery life and easy-to-set-up streaming capabilities, the cylindrical speaker (available in black or white) makes a perfect travel buddy or desk mate. And best of all, it has a rich, full sound that stacks up against speakers that cost at least twice as much. Plus it fits pretty snuggly in a stocking—we're just saying...

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