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HolidayBuyer's Guide

RHA Dacamp L1


Dali Katch Bluetooth speaker

Grovemade Walnut Speakers & Amp

Pioneer PLX-500

Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless

Bose QuietControl 30

Braven 105

Jabra Sport Coach Special Edition

Sennheiser PXC 550

Sony Glass Sound Speaker

Lucid Audio AMPED Bluetooth Neckband

Marantz SR6011

Sony MDR-Z1R

Emotiva Airmotiv B1

Price: $549.95

Availability: October

The outlook: Never used a headphone amplifier before? If you're serious about audio quality and already subscribe to a lossless streaming service like Tidal, there's no reason not to invest in one. RHA just debuted its own amp and DAC combo, the Dacamp L1. It has three level gain control, a 10-hour battery life and it also works as a power pack for your device on the go.

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Price: $139.95

Availability: October

The outlook: Made to partner with RHA's recently announced Dacamp L1 headphone amplifier, the CL750 in-ear headphones are rated with an impedance of 150 ohms. The hooks coming off the buds are flexible and designed to wrap around the back of your ears for a secure fit.

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Price: $430

Availability: October

The outlook: It's a lot to pay for a portable speaker, but Danish design of this caliber never comes cheap. The aluminum Katch by Dali is powered by two 18-watt amplifiers that drive a pair of 21mm soft-dome tweeters and two 3.5-inch aluminum woofers. In addition to the Bluetooth connection, it also has Apt-X support and can reportedly play music for a full 24-hours on a full battery.

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Price: $599

Availability: September

The outlook: When was the last time you've seen a PC speaker set look this good? Portland-based audio company Grovemade partnered with designer Joey Roth to shape this natural walnut set. It includes a pair of horn speakers along with 2-inch drivers and a 2x25-watt amplifier for what the company calls "an acoustically rich sound."

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Price: $350

Availability: September

The outlook: The Pioneer PLX-500 turntable looks almost identical to the original Technics SL-1200 deck, minus the absurdly high price tag.

But there's one new feature that really sets the PLX-500 apart from legacy turntables: It has a USB-out port so you can digitize your entire record collection using the company's rekordbox application.

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Price: $200

Availability: September

The outlook: The SoundSport Pulse Wireless has an integrated heart-rate monitor that's compatible with Runkeeper, Endomondo and other fitness apps.

As you might expect, the headphone is sweat and water resistant and there's an inline mic and remote that lets you skip songs, adjust the volume, and take and make calls. Bose is touting its quality as headset for making calls, as well as how reliable the Bluetooth connection is.

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Price: $300

Availability: September

The outlook: The Bose QuietControl 30 is the ultimate neckband-style Bluetooth headphone. With impressive sound and active noise cancellation, the headphone also fits very comfortably in the ear.

Battery life is rated at 10 hours, which is decent for this type of Bluetooth headphone, and protective carrying case is included. While Bose doesn't advertise that the headphone is sweat-resistant, it is, and this headphone is suitable for gym use and maybe even running if you don't mind the feel of a having something around your neck while running.

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Price: $49.99

Availability: Now

The outlook: The Braven 105 is a compact, hockey-puck shaped Bluetooth speaker that's waterproof and can be attached to belt loops, bike handle bars and more using the included elastic strap.

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Price: $120

Availability: Now

The outlook: Jabra's next-gen Sport Coach Bluetooth headphone includes automatic rep counting thanks to a built-in TrackFit motion sensor, making it the world's first headphone with this feature.

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Price: $399

Availability: Now

The outlook: Geared toward the "discerning" business traveler, the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless features impressive Bluetooth sound, active noise cancelling technology, and works very well as a headset for making cell-phone calls.

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Price: $799.99

Availability: Now

The outlook: The beautifully designed Sony Glass Sound Speaker is a high-end wireless Bluetooth speaker and accent light that uses organic glass to create clear and realistic sound.

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Price: $129

Availability: September

The outlook: Unlike other noise-canceling headphones that only tune out ambient noises, the AMPED Bluetooth Neckband earbuds by Lucid Audio have a volume control for outside noise control, so you can dial-in exactly how much or how little you want to hear.

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Price: $1399

Availability: September

The outlook: Marantz has a reputation for stylish components which deliver high-quality sound. The new SR6011 offers compatibility with most audio formats including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X plus a plethora of internet-features.

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Price: $2199

Availability: November

The outlook:The Sony MDR-Z1R is the company's new flagship headphone. It has some quirky design touches -- such as a Fibonacci curve imprinted on the driver grille -- but based on listening tests its a high-end headphone worth looking at.

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Price: $299

Availability: Now

The outlook: Emotiva has made affordable professional and hi-fi gear for many years, but the company is now combining the two worlds with the Airmotiv B1. The B1 is a passive version of the Airmotiv 5S monitor and designed to be used in a home theater environment. It could be a winner based on our experiences with the powered version.

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$299.00 MSRP
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