Headphone and portable speaker Christmas gift guide
In-ear, on-ear, over-ear, sport, bluetooth -- the list of options for headphone designs just goes on and on. Add in all the different portable speakers that are available and you've got a recipe for confusion!
Luckily, we have the answer with this simple gift guide to help you make sweet music for the audiophile in your life this Christmas.
Logitech UE Boom
It's hard to imagine a simpler Bluetooth speaker than the UE Boom from Logitech.
Splashproof, with NFC pairing and a surprisingly big sound, you can use the Logitech app to pair two for serious sound.
The Boom is perfect for BBQ tunes, but has a design that wouldn't be out of place on the kitchen table either.
Bose QuietComfort 25
The Bose QuietComfort 15 were some of the best noise-cancelling headphones that CNET has tested.
The 25's go one step further improving on nearly every aspect of the previous model -- although they do keep the hight price tag. At AU$400, these aren't exactly stocking stuffers.
For an in-ear experience that doesn't skimp on the bass, it's hard to go past the Klipsch R6i.
Good comfort combines with clever design features such as a flat cable design to reduce tangles.
There's even a mic and three button remote to make these a good companion for a smartphone.
With their super comfortable design, padded ear-cups and detachable cord you could almost forget you were wearing these Audio-Technica headphones -- if it wasn't for the great sound!
For the AU$249 RRP you're getting an impressive sound quality with smartly-designed good looks.
Bose SoundLink Colour
It's taken 50 years but Bose is bursting out of its conservative mold and producing quality sound products with a modern design, like the SoundLink Colour.
At AU$179, you're getting a bigger sound than you'd expect from something that weighs just over half a kilo.
Great portable sound in a unit that won't break the bank or your back.
Parrot Zik 2.0
The Philippe Starck-designed Zik gets a colourful update with the 2.0 version.
Lighter and more comfortable than the original, these active noise-cancelling Bluetooth cans will make any fashion-concious music aficionado very happy come Christmas day.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit
Lightweight with a sweat-proof design, the BackBeat Fit offers better sound than you'd expect from a Bluetooth sports headphone.
The design is comfortable and stays in even when you're pounding the pavement.
For AU$159, you'll be ensuring that a fitness fanatic doesn't miss out on their tunes while out and about.
Jawbone Mini Jambox
While the JamBox Mini isn't the newest kid on the audio block, it still has great sound and a design that'll impress.
It's a premium finish that might not be outdoors-proof, but you are getting a few surprising features, such as speakerphone functionality.
Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2
The Series 2 and the original P5 might be peas in a pod on the outside, but when it comes to sound quality the new model has some great improvements.
The on-ear design fits well enough to lock out external sounds and the leather ear-cups add a premium feel. They also add a premium price -- you'll pay AU$450 so this a gift for a truly loved one.
These over-ear Bluetooth headphones from Sony boast a very solid 17.5 hours of battery life.
Featuring a lightweight design that makes them perfect for commuting, these cans have a well-designed control system that's easy to access while wearing them.
Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear
Sennheiser latest addition to the Momentum family is a well made set of in-ear buds that have all the sound quality you'd expect from the brand.
A well-fitting design, flat cable, smart carry-case and respectable price of AU$169 all make these buds a great gift option.