As a music technology nerd who makes a living criticizing gadgets, I'm not an easy guy to shop for. You do this work long enough and you get pretty jaded about the tech in your personal life. Still, there's always a handful of gadgets each year that pierce the armor and nuzzle their way into my audio geek heart.
A lot of mediocre products spent some time on my desk this year, but some of the gizmos I got to play with
If you're shopping for an audio geek for the holidays, or if you're an equally tech-obsessed audioholic compiling your wish list, here's thethat put a smile on my face for 2008. For another take on the year's top portable music gadgets, read Senior Associate Editor Jasmine France's .