The Jawbone Mini Jambox ($160) is your smartphone's new best friend — here's hoping your headphones don't develop an inferiority complex. Perfectly-sized for your pocket or bag (just 6" by 2 1/4" by 1"), this speaker is built to go wherever you go, but don't let its small size fool you. Packed inside its attractive aluminum exterior are two acoustic stereo drivers and a passive bass radiator that produce the kind of sound you'd expect from something much larger. Bluetooth and stereo connectivity, 10 hours of battery life, a built-in microphone, and a range of color options make it the ideal choice for high-quality sound on the move.
When it comes to high end cartridges for your turntable, the Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement ($15,000) is in a league of its own. The flagship cartridge for Clearaudio, already a well respected source in the hi-fi landscape, is nothing short of awe inspiring. Drop the Goldfinger on an album and experience one of the richest, most balanced sounds possible, with minimal surface noise, and without sacrificing any of the depth and resolution that Clearaudio has become famous for. And oh yeah, did we mention it's housed within a 14 karat gold body, featuring twelve magnets allowing for the use of 24 karat gold for the coils? And of course the added touch of a half carat diamond mounted in the front of the body. A perfect gift for the hip-hop mogul on your list that you thought had everything.
Experience rich sound and deep bass when you work with the Symbol Audio Desk ($4,000). Sliding doors on this writing desk open to reveal two four-inch full-range drivers with titanium cones, paired with a down-firing five-and-a-quarter-inch sub-woofer. The cabinet is dampened and ported, helping your music sound great. Cable management keeps unsightly wires tucked away, controls for volume and bass keep you in control, while a stereo input jack lets you connect just about any device. Choose from solid oak, walnut, cherry, or maple finishes.
Whether you're a musician, vocalist, or podcaster, you can take the stress out of home audio recording with the Nessie Microphone ($120). It adapts to whatever audio you're recording, automatically processing sound so you can just focus on your work. Three processing modes — one optimized for rich vocals, another for detailed instrumentation, and a third for raw audio (in case you want to manually edit post production) — let you work the way you want to. A built-in pop filter and an internal shock mount keep your audio sounding clear, without the need for additional gadgets. It features a zero-latency headphone output and USB plug-and-play compatibility with Mac and PC.
If you want your home audio to sit as the centerpiece in your living room, it needs to look beautiful. The Ruark Audio R7 ($TBA) has a stylish 60s contemporary look, wrapped in walnut veneer cabinet and sitting on black lacquer legs. The center — made from aluminum and glass — houses a DAB+/FM/internet radio, a CD/MP3 player, and has the ability to stream music wirelessly over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. A removable RotoDial remote lets you control it from nearly anywhere in your home, while a selection of inputs at rear puts it at the center of your entertainment system. Two drivers, an eight-inch subwoofer, and 160 watts of power keep your music sounding great.