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Audio-Technica 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Yep, it’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us. Time to start sharing good times—and good food and drink—with family and friends. But it’s also time to start hunting down gifts for all those people.

And while you can usually satisfy the hordes by laying out a decent assortment of cookies and pies (or at least soften the complainers with a bucket o’ nog) finding the perfect individual gift isn’t always so simple. Audio-Technica can’t help you locate that one porcelain figurine that will magically complete Aunt Mildred’s collection, but we do have several suggestions for the audio enthusiasts on your list.

For the Listener on the Go: ATH-CKX5is & ATH-CKX7iS SonicFuel™ Headphones
Smartphones and other portable devices put a lot of great technology at our fingertips, letting us do more on the go. And music lovers certainly want to take their tunes with them, without sacrificing audio quality or dealing with headphones that won’t stay put. The ATH-CKX5iS and ATH-CKX7iS SonicFuel™ In-ear Headphones are more than up to the task. 360° rotating eartips and C-tip configuration provide a comfortable, personalized fit that’s sure to stay in place. And the in-line control lets the user answer calls and play audio and video on their smartphone or portable device, so they’ll never have to slow down.

For the Performer: System 10 Digital Wireless System & ATM510 Cardioid Microphone
Whether singing or speaking, the performer on your list can depend on the ATM510 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone to deliver smooth, natural vocal reproduction without the threat of plosives or feedback. And its super-durable construction allows it to stand up to all the knocks of the road. The System 10 Digital Wireless System provides easy-to-use, interference-free operation, letting your performer confidently move beyond his or her wired setup. With three levels of diversity assurance, instantaneous channel selection and transmitter configurations to meet every need, the 24-bit System 10 provides a world of freedom to performer and presenter alike.

For the Sports/Fitness Enthusiast: SonicSport™ Headphones
There are sports and fitness buffs on nearly every holiday gift list—and the new year will unfailingly create more. Here’s something all of them could use: a comfortable pair of headphones that stay put throughout a workout, while delivering outstanding audio reproduction for that added musical boost. SonicSport™ Headphones have an IPX5 waterproof rating, which means they can be washed after each use, and with three designs and interchangeable eartips, there’s a fit to suit every athlete.

For the Music Creator: ATH-M50 Headphones and AT4040 & AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser Microphones
Audio-Technica makes it easy for musicians to record their music with professional results. The AT4040 Side-address Condenser Microphone offers exceptionally low noise, wide dynamic range and high-SPL capability, making it suitable for a wide variety of studio and live miking applications. With its USB output, the AT2020USB+ Condenser Mic is designed specifically for digital recording, while delivering studio-quality articulation and intelligibility. It also features a mix control for blending mic and pre-recorded audio, and a headphone jack for direct monitoring. And what better way to monitor the signal than to slap on a pair of ATH-M50s—A-T’s flagship studio monitor headphones? With a closed-back design, 45 mm drivers and 180° swiveling earpieces, the M50s are among the most trusted professional headphones on the market.

For the Traveler: QuietPoint® Headphones
QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones cover a whole different set of people on the move: those who fly a lot or travel via mass transit. With the flick of a switch, these headphones actively cut ambient noise by 80-95% (depending on model), quieting jet engines and other disturbing sounds so travelers can listen to their music or other audio without distraction. Or users can skip the audio and turn on their QuietPoint® headphones just to focus on work, read or relax more easily.

For the DJ: AT-LP120-USB Turntable & ATH-PRO700MK2 Headphones
Designed for professionals, the AT-LP120-USB Direct-drive Turntable and ATH-PRO700MK2 Monitor Headphones give DJs everything they need to produce their art. The turntable plays at three speeds (33/45/75 RPM), forward and reverse, with a start/stop button, and features a half-inch mount Dual Magnet™ phono cartridge, quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control with +/-10% or +/-20% adjustment ranges. Additionally, its USB cable allows for seamless hook-up to a computer. The lightweight headphones, equipped with 53 mm drivers, deliver clear, well-defined audio with rich bass, and the 50°/90° earpiece swiveling capability makes monitoring a breeze.