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Christmas Gift Guide

Woo Audio WA7 headphone amplifier

Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo speakers

Baux sound absorbing tiles

Devialet 120 integrated amplifier

Audeze EL-8 headphones

Plinius Inspire 880 integrated amplifier

Clearaudio Emotion SE turntable

Burson Conductor Virtuoso headphone amplifier

Chord Hugo portable headphone amplifier

Allnic Audio A10000 mono amplifier

The Woo Audio WA7 amplifier is made in New York City, its clean lines and minimalist features set make it easy to use and a pleasure to listen to.

This 5-inch (127mm) cube headphone amplifier has two vacuum tubes protected by a thick glass cover (the amp is pictured here with the optional tube power supply). The WA7 features a built-in 32-bit/192kHz USB digital converter and lots of custom-made parts, including dedicated nickel-alloy output transformers.

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As you can see, the Arabesque Minissimo speakers are available in a wide range of colors. The cabinet is milled from a single piece of metal loaded polymer material in a fully automated process. The cabinet is finished in automotive paint.

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Room acoustics in a typical home leave a lot to be desired. Acoustic problems may be barely noticeable when people are talking, but music and movies can excite echoes and harshness that wreak havoc on sound quality.

Thick rugs or drapes can help, and other strategically placed sound-absorbing materials can really make a difference in perceived sound quality. Sound-absorbing panels are available from a variety of suppliers, but most are downright ugly, so Baux's stylish tiles are a pleasant surprise.

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Designed and built in France, the Devialet 120 is so much more than just an amplifier -- it's designed to be the centerpiece of a legitimate high-end system. The built-in EVO card enables free updates of the internal software that can improve the performance of the amp or take advantage of new features with just a few clicks.

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The Audeze EL-8 is a high-end headphone engineered to work with both portable players and home headphone amplifiers. Industrial design is by BMW Group DesignWorks USA, and the EL-8 is the best-looking and most affordably priced Audeze headphone.

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For more than 30 years, Plinius has been making world-class, high-end audio products. Take a gander at this 80-watt-per-channel integrated amplifier. The Inspire 880 will accept signals from your CD player, personal computer and AV source, as well as analog from your turntable.

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The Clearaudio Emotion SE turntable features a 30mm acrylic platter and a patented magnetic bearing assembly. The elegant design is a treat for the eyes and ears.

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The look and feel of this Australian-made component is simply stunning. The sound is so rich and warm you might be tempted to peek inside to see if there are any tubes in there -- but no, the Conductor Virtuoso is a purely solid-state design. It can also be used as a stereo preamp with desktop speakers or a power amp with hi-fi speakers.

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This beautifully crafted headphone amplifier with "Hugo" embossed on the top surface is made by Chord Electronics, a high-end brand known for audio-component equivalents of Rolls-Royces and Bentleys. The Hugo leaves other high-resolution portable digital converters/headphone amps in the dust: it decodes up to 384kHz/24-bit PCM and DSD128 files using Chord's FPGA digital decoders.

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Allnic Audio makes a wide range of components, but the A10000 mono tube amplifier best shows off its unique design aesthetic. You'll need two A10000 amps for stereo. Allnic is based in South Korea.

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