Celebrate 20 years of great sound with our 20 best ideas for Christmas
1.Tivoli PAL - $399 It's the most popular model in the Tivoli range and comes in a fantastic array of colours. It's weatherproof, has an inbuilt rechargeable battery and has the best reception in the range making it ideal in far flung locations. A PAL is your best friend, with great sound, and connctions for both headphones and iPod. Just in for christmas you've even got special iPAL finishes to choose from - gloss red, black and white. Learn more here.
2. Geneva Model S iPod speaker system - $649. Our coolest new product for the year - the quality of finish is stunning there are so many neat little design touches. These really are so much better in the flesh than any picture can suggest. And the sound quality is absolutely spot on. At $649 and with 3 gloss finish choices this is the best christmas present any iPod owner could enjoy. Find out more about the Model S and the rest of the range here.
3.Grado SR60i headphones - $199. The 'i' stands for improved and it's immediately apparent that the entry level Grados are impossible to beat for the money. The low impedance means they are easy to drive and will sound just great with iPods. Yep, they look all a bit retro but the sound is anything but. Well made, with spare pads and parts easily availble, these headphones will be around for many christmases to come.
4.Grado SR325i headphones - $659. If the entry level Grados sound good to you, wait till you wrap the latest version of the SR325i around your head. Seriously dynamic and punchy, these Grados are designed to deliver all the excitement and colour of the best recordings. Our favorite model. Find out about our grado range here.
5. Sonos S5 Wireless speaker system - $995. The S5 is a box full of surprises - 5 drivers, each with its own amplifier deliver a spacious and powerful sound, made better by Sonos' ability to transmit both losslessly and wirelessly. And if one S5 isn't enough you can add a second and have a stereo pair. You even have a choice of colour - black or white. And now we've even got a special deal from Sonos to help you get into their great system - buy two S5s and you'll get a Zone Bridge Wireless transmitter ($299) included in the package for free! Sonos is far easier and far better than you might imagine - come in to the store and see it all in action. Read more.
6. Firestone Cute Beyond - $399. Why use a headphone amplifier? In some cases you may not have a choice as many systems don't include a headphone jack. But the overwhelming reason is that it sounds much much better. The new little Firestone is aptly named but conceals and very high quality Class A amplifier that really performs to a level far above the price.
7. Firestone Fubar IIIMk2 - $499. While it looks just like the Cute headphone amp, it's also got a USB connection and RCA outputs which makes it even more useful - just perfect as a serious audio addition to your computer but useful in a myriad of different situations. The Hocken Library just purchased 6 of these with Grado SR125is - what better recommendation could we give?
8. HRT Music streamers - from $250. For direct connection of your computer to your audio system via USB. We've found none better that the new Plus MK2' version of the HRT streamer. If I were starting to build a stero system again, this would be where I'd start. Nothing can touch the two models in terms of performance and value. More info.
9. Kimber Tonik - from $115. It's our 'do everything' interconnect cable because it can do nothing wrong. Perfectly balanced, free of noise and reliable in any system, it's a big step up from standard or mass market cables and carries a real pedigree. All the elements of Kimbers expertise are there - the ultra pure copper, braided constriction and proprietry plugs. So affordable you can replace every interconnect in your system and make a huge improvement. All about Kimber.
10. Tivoli Model 10. It's 20 years for us and 10 years for Tivoli. Celebrate both with their newest and best model to date - The Model 10 is a completely modern Tivoli, taking cues from the Networks internet Radio and the best selling PAL model. It's stereo, has clock & alarm features and comes in a bevy of cool new finish options $449. You'll find all the info here.
11. Ortofon 2MRed Phono Cartridge - $175. Breath new life into your records with Ortofons fantastic entry level cartridge. The new 2M Range has 4 models with interchangeable styli - Red, Blue, Bronze and Black with increasingly sophisticated stylus profile for better sound- so you can start affordably but improve performance anytime you want. Learn about all our Ortofon options.
12. SlinkyLinks. Still our specialist cable of choice, the hand made, pure silver interconnects and speaker cables deliver state of the art performance from $400 a pair for interconnects and $460 for a set of 2m speaker cables. SlinkyLinks have plenty of different termination and plug options too - standard Eichmann Bullet Plugs or pure silver versions and balanced in interconnects , and the same for the speaker cables. Not to mention bi-wire sets. There are very few things we have that will make as big an improvement for the money spent. More.
13. Specials. Sharon's just updated the Specials Page so check out all the goodies there for your own little chrissie present.
14. Tivoli Connector- $199. The perfect match for any Tivoli Radio and a great many other systems. Looks great, sounds better and is very much on the right side of affordable. It's got a tidy remote control and comes in four different finishes. Latest news.
15. Sonos Wireless iPod dock - $349. Yes - Sonos are doing things with iPods that you won't believe - just plug your iPod or iPhone in and it will automatically and wirelessly transmit to a Sonos speaker or amplifier in any room. Access all the songs and information on any Sonos Controller (including Touch, iPhone and iPad) with free software. Digital lossless transmission for uncompromised sound quality. makes other docks just look primitive. This is very, very cool. Here's a quick update.
16. SpinClean - $180. We've long been searching for a really good but economical way to clean records - The SpinClean system is made in the USA and works brilliantly, coming in a happy yellow container complete with fluid, brushes and wipes - check out the review. - We've also got the deluxe version in stock with extra fluids and wipes if you’re planning to spend a full wet day over christmas reviving your record collection.
17. Nagaoka anti static record sleeves - $65. Once you have clean records why would you put them back in the same scuzzy old paper sleeves? We've used the Nagaoka sleeves ourselves for over 20 years and have found none better. They eliminate static. don't bunch up and last forever. Care for your precious records at just $65 per pack of 50 sleeves.
18. Tivoli Model 3 $549.The classic clock radio is always a hit at christmas. It's simply the most civilised way to wake up in the morning, your best friend during the day and it will lull you to sleep in the evening. It either black or the new white/silver finish, the Model 3 is more than just a design and style statement: the legendary Henry Kloss sound and performance, subtly backlit analogue clock and plenty of connection options including headphones and the new Tivoli iPod dock, make it the finest bedside radio you can own.
19. DIY Time - why not get in and extend your stereo? All it takes is a good idea, some in built, on wall or outdoor speakers, some cable and the confidence in your own abilities. It's a great holiday project and we've got everything you need including the right advice and helpful tips if you get stuck. From around $600 you can impress your partner, family or friends with your skill and musical taste. Check out our SpeakerCraft and Monitor Audio options including the new Radius on-wall speakers.
20.Hectors Dolphin. Last but by no means least - do something worthwhile this christmas - we've got great gift options from WWF - the World Wide Fund for Nature and still have our great deal going where you get a cute and furry friend for free with every purchase over $600 from us. Find out how it all works here.
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