The boxes are all in the recycling bin and you are staring at that nice pair of wool socks. Yep, they will be warm by the fire, but did they satisfy that audio itch for some better sound this season?

Well, it’s not too late! We asked our audio elves what they would all wish for after the busy holiday season. Unlike those socks, this gear will still be giving years and years from now. That’s right, great, well made audio components can have a twenty to forty year life span, sometimes longer! So when you think about the cost per year, why not reward yourself with something better?

Turntables

So you were at a friend’s home this holiday season and they had some vinyl playing. You decided it’s time to brush off those old records and get back into it! Here are three great tables that will give you great sound for years to come, without tearing up your record grooves like the cheap tables you find in the big box stores.

Our best selling turntable and for good reason. It’s been refined over the years and just keeps getting better.

Rega redid their whole lineup this year and wow, the improvements were big. Check out our best selling table in the $1,000 price point.

The coolest turntable of the decade, the Prime has been compared to turntables costing 10 times its price! The 3D printed tonearm is a true engineering marvel. Let us help you pick out a phono cartridge for this guy to make your vinyl sound it’s best.

Headphones

If you hosted this holiday season, you’re probably ready for some quiet time. A great pair of headphones can outperform speakers costing 2-3 times their price and give you that sense of escape you’re looking for.

Far and away, the best deal out there on over-ear headphones. A true classic for the last 20+ years, the SR225e provides an incredible sound for the money.

Super comfortable and with the smooth sound of a classic tube amp, you can escape for hours with the Nighthawk. Act fast as AudioQuest is closing this deal on Jan 1, 2017!

Sony headphones are famous for comfort and accurate sound loved by recording engineers. Slip these on your head and you’ll listen for hours.

Travel

If you’ve got lots of travel coming up in the new year, make that airplane time literally “fly” by with music. A solid portable music player or DAC attached to your phone will make the most of high-performance headphones. For true audio nirvana, step up to a portable that let’s you take your Hi-Res music with you!

A well-made sub $300 portable player capable of Hi-Res Audio. You’ll love the feel of this one!

Astell & Kern invented the Hi-Res portable category and offers more options than anyone. Their entry-level player shares a lot of the technology in the multi-thousand dollar units. A great value for on-the-go sound.

From Sony’s new Signature Walkman series, this guy is built like a tank, feels great in your hand and can play any Hi-Res you throw at it. We have really fallen in love with the new Sony Signature Series!

Tower Speakers

Is it time to replace those old tower’s you have for 30 years? As far as investments in your listening goes, nothing offers more than a pair of well-made tower speakers. Break the cost out over 30-40 years and it’s well worth stepping up, especially if it’s something you enjoy every day.

Aerial Acoustics 7t

The best-selling high-performance speaker at Audio Advice. Beautifully made and able to fill any room with incredible sound.

Aerial Acoustics 7t
Vandersteen Quattro Wood CT

Vandersteen Quattro Wood CT

Audio Advice has been a fan of Vandersteen speakers for over 35 years. The Quattro Wood CT has amazed everyone who has taken them home. Fantastic sound, especially when you consider their small footprint.

B&W 800 Series

With over 800 refinements, the new B&W Diamonds are a true masterpiece. The 802D3 has already become the choice of recording studios the world over.

Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond

Happy New Year, and Happy Listening!

If you’re a music-lover, listening to more music is a great New Years resolution. Your body and mind will thank you for the escape. If you have any questions, feel free to chat with us at AudioAdvice.com or visit our showrooms in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina to experience these products first-hand. Happy New Year!