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’Tis the Season for Sound (and Sensibility)

For tight times, a roundup of affordable audio gifts

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Some fear that today’s weak economy will be the Grinch that steals the 2009 holiday season. Audiophiles, though, can rest assured of a happy December. While you might not emerge from your front door on Christmas day to discover a Maserati wrapped in a big red bow, you can certainly expect to find a couple of great audio gifts waiting under whatever type of holiday greenery your creed and culture prescribe.

Thanks to the recent recession, manufacturers of all kinds are holding their prices down. But electronics manufacturers have always been good at holding prices down, and this year they’ve outdone themselves. Whether you’re hoping for something as familiar as a new iPod dock or as rarefied as a vacuum-tube phono preamp, there are plenty of great options at prices that won’t test the devotion of your loved ones.

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Brent Butterworth

Brent Butterworth has been a professional audio journalist since 1989, and has evaluated and measured thousands of audio products. He is currently a writer at Wirecutter and editor of the SoundStage Solo headphone site; served as an editor at such magazines as Sound & Vision and Home Theater; and worked as marketing director for Dolby Laboratories. He also plays double bass with several jazz groups in Los Angeles.