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The best headphone and audio gifts for Christmas

Shopping for an audiophile this Christmas? We've got a great gift guide with loads of suggestions, from top notch headphones to great portable speakers and more!

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Nic Healey is a Senior Editor with CNET, based in the Australia office. His passions include bourbon, video games and boring strangers with photos of his cat.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Klipsch R6i

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.

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sony MDR10RBT

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.

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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.

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