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Hi-Fi Gifts

Select items for music junkies of all degrees from our 2011 gift guide

The latest crop from our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide selects inspired audio delights for the music lovers on your list. From album-art coffee tables to subscription music services, we provide the perfect option for every occasion.

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Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs

Capturing the most renowned musicians of the past century, Linda McCartney’s photography reveals lager-than-life subjects in intimate moments. This 288-page retrospective pulls some of her best shots from a body of work that includes more than 200,000 images.

Music-Inspired Furnishings

With gorgeous vinyl occupying the dark corners of basements across California, this LA-based company has found a new way to bring album art back into the living room. This side table is one of many inspired creations from Bug House, who give you the option of customizing pieces to suit your individual tastes.

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Playground Sessions

This gift for aspiring pianists combines video game addiction with personal music lessons in a downloadable program. Synching with an electric keyboard, Playground Sessions promises to gear you up for a live recital with easy-to-learn, enjoyable tutorials by YouTube-sensation instructor David Sides.


A newcomer to the U.S., Spotify gives you unlimited access to over 15 million songs on your computer or mobile device. Because it’s accessible from virtually any location, the gift of boundless music will follow your loved one wherever they go.

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Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

Smithsonian Folkways dares to define jazz with 111 tracks over six CDs that follow the development of the art form from its meager roots to global prominence. The anthology includes a 200-page catalog of liner notes to educate and enthrall the jazz enthusiast.

HEX Vision for Nano

Of all the accessories designed with the iPod Nano in mind, this watchband from HEX offers the most subtle way to play. The stainless steel band comes in silver and gun metal colorways, providing mobile sound with a look to dress up or down.

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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones

With the luxurious leather detailing and clean design that we’ve come to expect from Bowers & Wilkins, this is our top pick for noise-isolating headphones. The comfortable and fashionable fit delivers natural sound without the irritating interruption of ambient noise.

McIntosh MC275

The original MC275 was designed in 1961, and this update is a refreshing dose of exposed mechanics and unparalleled sound for design addicts and audiofiles alike. The vacuum tube amplifier was designed and engineered by McIntosh co-founder Sidney Corderman.


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