Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Audio Equipment
No matter how modern audio equipment gets, you still need the fundamentals: speakers, headphones, and a radio. To satisfy niche enthusiasts, we rounded up a choice turntable, a soundbar, a noise-canceling solution, and Bluetooth galore.
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For Those Who Want to Leave the World Behind
Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones
Noise-canceling headphones are wonderful when you want to completely slide into your own personal cocoon of sound. The problem: Friends and family are forced to tap your shoulder to get your attention, scaring the living bejeezus out of you in the process. These Bose in-ear headphones have that problem licked. Slip them into advanced-noise-reduction mode and the outside world slips away. When you need to be able to hear the surrounding world, switch them into Aware mode and the noise cancelation is reduced, without turning off your tunes entirely. So you'll never miss an important announcement at the airport but don't have to listen to the crying baby two seats away.