Give the Gift of Sound this Holiday
When it comes to tech gifts, speakers and headphones make great gifts for everyone on your list, whether they’re audiophiles or casual listeners. They’re also versatile enough to be given as a main gift or as stocking stuffers. If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift this holiday season, consider some of this year’s hottest audio tech. Read on to find out what to look for and some of my favourite audio tech of 2018.
Bluetooth speakers are versatile and can be used to cast music in a variety of spaces, including outdoor spaces. When shopping for a Bluetooth speaker, I recommend looking for a portable speaker that can be used at home and taken along to the beach or on camping trips. Especially when it comes to portable speakers, battery life is an important factor, so spring for a speaker with the most battery life that fits within your budget. Ruggedness is also important for portable speakers so look for a model that can withstand a drop or splash of water. For larger households, speakers that can be paired together are a great choice that makes it possible to cast music across an entire house. Finally, look for speakers that are Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant enabled. These speakers add a layer of utility by allowing the user to use voice assistant features.
This year, my favourite Bluetooth speaker is the Bose SoundLink Micro. It’s a great rugged speaker that offers loud, clear sound and has Amazon Alexa built in.
Headphones are another great Christmas gift for pretty much anyone on your list and I always recommend going wireless to maximize portability. The best way to do this is to go with a Bluetooth enabled pair that makes it possible to connect with a smartphone, tablet or laptop. When considering portability, it’s also important to look at battery life. When it comes to sound, many Bluetooth headphones offer noise cancellation and crisp, clear sound so make sure you look for these features. Finally, look for a pair that’s comfortable with nice large, soft earcups. This will help ensure the user can wear them comfortably for long stretches of time.
If you’re shopping for a pair of headphones this year, I recommend the Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones. These headphones offer Bluetooth connectivity, noise cancellation, great sound and up to 40 hours of battery life. They’re also extremely comfortable and come in a range of colours to suit anyone’s taste.
Headphones are great but, for various reasons, some people prefer earphones. Active users who exercise and participate in sports will find earphones to be a much better solution since they’re lighter, more compact, and fit right in the user’s ear. Many earphones are also sweat and water resistant, making it possible for them to handle tough training. Look for additional features like noise isolation, ear hooks, and long battery life when shopping for earphones.
The Beats Powerbeats3 wireless earphones are a great choice if you’re shopping for a pair of earphones this year. They’re wireless, noise isolating, sweat and water resistant, and have ear hooks for comfortable wear. They also have up to 12 hours of battery life.