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Gifts for the Audiophile

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Brothers, boyfriends, dads, and roommates: with music as a common denominator, gift-giving should be a breeze. Whittling it all down seems daunting (there are, by my last count, 12,401 headphone models on the open market) until you factor in a rigorous design sensibility, and voila! Read 'em and weep, fellas.

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Speak-er Desktop Speakers

$100.00

Desktop speakers aren't known for their high aesthetic factor; luckily, designers like music, too, and are working to jazz up the littles boxes of sound.

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Rough Trade Album-of-the-Month

$56.50

London's Rough Trade pioneered the music-as-retail strategy, so trust that this isn't your average CD subscription service. A 3-, 6-, or 12-month membership locks down the must-hear album of the moment plus bonus goodies that you can probably sell on eBay someday.

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NPR Radio

$119.99

The NPR radio connects via wireless to over 20,000 internet radio stations across the globe, and a portion of the price tag goes right to the beloved non-profit radio station.

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1-Bit Symphony

$29.99-$250.00

When the compact disc case is the audio player: Tristan Perich's 1-Bit Symphony is catnip to ambient music fans, tech nerds, and design aficionados alike. The five-movement symphony is played on a single microchip and a hand-made circuit inside a jewel box.

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Edition 10 Headphones

$2,745.00

Yes, there is a pair of headphones that costs as much as a home audio system. The price of the limited-edition Ultrasone Edition 10 is only slightly justified by the fact that only 2,010 pairs of the Ethiopian sheepskin-trimmed cans were made.

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TMA-1 DJ Headphones

$250.00

If you can't live with yourself for gifting almost $3K worth of headphone, these limited-edition ear speakers were designed with the help of indie record label Fool's Gold.

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