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2012 Earbud Gift Guide – This bud’s for you!

- December 9th, 2012

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Earbuds make for an awesome gift because although many devices ship with them, having an extra pair, getting a better pair or ones that fit better certainly makes for a welcome offering during the holiday season. So here are a few ideas to help you make that choice.

EarPods by Apple

First up, is the new Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic. This is a reinvention of the earbuds that Apple has offered ever since one can remember. The new and improved replacement has been totally redesigned and reengineered, by the company that created the iPod, to be a better fit regardless as to the type of ear you have because of its new geometrically shaped design. It offers an enhanced sound experience, so unlike many others, more sound now goes into your ear than is lost to the outside.

Apple Earpods are designed to produce deeper and richer bass tones than ever before as well as offer better protection from sweat and water, rivaling earphones that cost a lot more.

The in-line remote allows you to adjust your volume control playback of your music and video and makes it easier to answer or complete calls simply by pinching the court.

The Apple Earpods with Remote and Mic comes with a storage and travel case, retails for $35 and is available from the Apple Store.

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Wicked with Attitude

Next up are earbuds with attitude. The HEIST by Wicked Audio is designed to help you stop looking like a fool when you share your music. And those words come right from the company itself. The reason behind it, is that these earbuds actually have a built-in in-line jack to allow your friends to plug into your headset and share whatever audio is coming from the source.
The Heist offers enhanced bass reproduction and better noise isolation. It has a 4-foot cord with gold-plated jacks and comes with extra sets of ear cushions. They are also available in three funky color combinations: Slate buds with yellow cord, rust buds with an ivory cord, and black buds with a white cord.

The Wicked Audio Heist Earbuds come with lifetime warranty. They retail for $29.99 and are available through both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.

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UK Designed RHA MA450i

Designed in the UK, the RHA MA450i Earphones offer high-precision audio in a sleek packaging yet at a price that rivals higher-end earphones. They are machined from aircraft grade aluminum designed to effectively reproduce audio.

The in-line mic and remote, which controls your audio and phone calls, is optimized for iOS devices. A nice touch is the cable, which is covered with braided fabric and is virtually tangle-free.

These earphones are truly designed to fit virtually any ear. They come with seven sets of dual density rubber ear tips, so you’ll surely find a pair that fits.

The RHA MA450i Earphones available in both black or white come with a carry pouch and retails for $49.95. They’re now available in Canada directly from Apple either on-line or at one of the Apple retail stores.

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Tangle Free a-JAYS

Another earbud offering that ports a tangle free cable is the a-JAYS FOUR by the Swedish-based Jays. Also designed primarily for iOS devices, this set comes with a flat flexible 5mm wide cable that is virtually unlikely to tangle. Its multifunction in-line remote features a noise-canceling 360° microphone with a three button rubberized satin-finish design.

The a-JAYS Four ships with five different sized sets of washable noise isolating silicone sleeves that are comfortable to wear. A nice touch is its uniquely incorporated L-shaped jack to minimize protrusion.

The a-Jays FOUR comes with a coated gift box and is available in a black or white metallic finish that complements Apple’s iOS devices. The set comes with a 24-month warranty and retails for $69.99, available directly from Jays or from Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.

 

Eco-friendly Made with Wood

And finally, the eco-friendly WoodTones earbuds by Griffin Technology, we reviewed back in June, here at Canoe Tech Blog. Made from reclaimed wood, polished to a beautiful satin finish, these are equally appealing to the eyes as they are to the ears. They’re acoustically designed and properly formed to allow for warm overtones, enhanced voice and solid bass frequencies by using natural properties of wood.

The WoodTones are rounded off with three sizes of soft silicone ear cushions designed to be worn for long periods of time.

Griffin WoodTones earbuds come with a natural hemp fibre carry pouch with drawstring and retails for $29.99 and available at Best Buy Canada or  Griffin Technology’s online store.

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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