2016 Holiday Audio Gift Guide: Headphones, earbuds, speakers, and more…


With everything from headphones to earbuds and speakers and a couple interesting options, there’s sure to be a gift for your favourite audiophile here.

It’s that time again, and we’re back with the first of a number of Holiday Gift Guides. First up is our Audio Gift Guide which features a range of audio products we’ve reviewed recently or are in the process of reviewing. From Bluetooth speakers to headphones and earbuds, there’s sure to be something here for the audiophile in your life.


EVEN H1 Headphones


We’ve had the EVEN H1 Headphones less than a day and are already super impressed with them. The EVEN H1 Over-ear Headphones feature EVEN EarPrint technology, 50mm drivers, call control, and a built-in microphone. With the EVEN EarPrint technology, these headphones really do adapt sound to the way you hear. Be sure to check back for our full review soon!

MSRP: $179.99USD

  Purchase from EVEN

Master & Dynamic MH40


The  MH40 Over Ear Headphones are designed to be modern thinking caps: tools to help focus, inspire, and transport your mind. Alcantara® is a unique eco and vegan-friendly luxury material which offers an extraordinary combination of sensory, aesthetic and functional values. Read our review to find out why they earned a spot as a Top Pick of 2016.


  Purchase from Master & Dynamic

LIVV Pro Headphones


Join the #LIVVmovement that’s revolutionizing your music listening experience through LIVV’s wireless over-ear headphones, delivering premium quality and sound. Be one of the first to elevate your active lifestyle to the next level. Check out our full review of yet another Top Pick of 2016. The LIVV Pro Headphones are currently on back order, but we still feel they should be included in this list. Hopefully stock will be coming soon!


  Purchase from LIVV

Focal Listen


Designed in France by Focal’s acoustics engineers, Listen combine all the advantages of premium portable headphones for hours of intense listening pleasure. Excellent noise isolation is guaranteed with the closed-back design and by the large ear cushions which preserve the headphones’ acoustic qualities, even in noisy environments. These qualities are what make Listen the ideal travelling companion: listening pleasure, everywhere.

Check back soon for our full review.


  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Focal

JLab Flex

JLab Flex

Now with active noise cancellation and 60 hours of pre-charged sound, the Flex Bluetooth Active Noise Canceling Headphones offer quiet studio comfort for all-day, uninterrupted listening. Flex Bluetooth ANC reduce environmental noise by 94% for up to 60 hours. With ergonomic Form-Fit™ Earcups, stainless steel metal backbone and award-winning sound, the JLab Flex Bluetooth ANC Headphones are the go-to for any traveler, music lover, or bold city-goer.

Read our review to find out why these earned a spot as a Top Pick of 2016.

MSRP: $149.99USD

  Purchase from JLab

Creative Flex


It is often said that journey matters more than the destination. Make it count with the Flex headphones. It is your constant companion that keeps you going. The ultra-light and foldable headphones let you relish every moment of your music on the move. Enjoy powerful, dynamic sound with punchy bass and clear, natural vocals with the responsive 32mm Neodymium drivers. Bring out the best of your music, and make your journey to work, a train commute or a coffee run enjoyable.

Check back soon for our full review.

MSRP: $39.99USD (currently $29.99USD on Amazon)

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Creative


V-MODA Forza Series


As a collection, the Forza, Forza Metallo, and Forza Metallo Wireless earbuds feature a newly developed 5.8mm micro dynamic driver Hi-Res Audio certified by the Japan Audio Society (JAS), a futuristic sweat-resistant technology, patent-pending sport fins for hybrid sport performance and the world’s first jewel-grade 3D printing customization of in-ears.

MSRP: $100USD+

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from V-MODA

Master & Dynamic ME05


Precision-machined from solid brass, palladium coated and hand-finished, the ME05 Earphones feature a distinctive form with ergonomic and elegant details, including laser etching and mirrored accents that reflect light. The Master & Dynamic ME05 Earphones utilize custom drivers for superb sound quality and a balanced weight distribution that ensures a snug, comfortable fit.

Be sure to check out our full review of this Top Pick of 2016 then head on over to the M&D website to order a pair!


  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Master & Dynamic

Focal Sphear


The spherical design of Sphear breaks with convention and proves that high-fidelity in-ear headphones can be used for hours on end without the slightest discomfort. This new type of in-ear headphone clearly has Focal’s historic sound signature: a particularly rich mid-range which is never muffled, accurate and clear sound which is extremely faithful to the original work and harmonic richness, from the low end to the high end. With unbeatable performance in this price category, Sphear are the most accomplished in-ear headphones to date, as well as the most comfortable and the most generous. This is the unique solution to satisfy all high-definition fans. Enjoy audiophile quality sound, wherever you are.

Check out our full review of another Top Pick of 2016.

MSRP: $179.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Focal

iHome iB29 Metal Wireless Earbuds


Enjoy rich, detailed sound with enhanced bass response without inconvenient cables and cords (ear pieces are connected by a stylish flat cable for tangle free use). Earbuds attach magnetically for added portability. Bluetooth 4.0 wireless capability offers lower energy consumption and lets you listen to audio from your mobile device from up to 30 feet away, while our custom fit ear cushions make extended listening a pleasure. Built-in echo-cancelling mic allows you to have wireless phone calls and an in-line remote control puts track control, play/pause, answer/end calls and volume control within easy reach. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 4 hours of continuous audio (music playback or phone).

Be sure to head on over and check out our review.

MSRP: $39.99USD

  Purchase from iHome

iClever BoostRun BTH02 Bluetooth V4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones


The iClever BoostRun BTH02 Bluetooth V4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones are comfortable, durable, and tangle-free headphones, packed with great sound for all your entertainment and sport needs at an incredibly affordable price.

Check out our review!

MSRP: $39.99USD (currently $18.99USD on Amazon)

  Purchase from Amazon



Meet ISOtunes, the world’s first PROVEN noise isolating Bluetooth earbuds. Features include certified noise reduction, superior design & performance, rechargeable battery, noise cancelling mic, and IPX3 water resistance.

Read our review of these noise isolating Bluetooth earbuds.

MSRP: $59.99USD

  Purchase from ISOTunes

dodocool Hi-Res In-Ear Earphones


With unmistakable Hi-Res Sony sound, superior comfort, and premium design, the dodocool Hi-Res In-Ear Earphones are everything great headphones should be. Bring out the most in your music with wide-frequency, 40mm drivers and Beat Response Control for strong bass.

Be sure to check out our full review of these affordable earbuds.

MSRP: $34.99USD


Turcom AcoustoShock 903 Bluetooth speaker


The Turcom AcoustoShock Bluetooth speaker is made for the outdoors. Its powerful sound and tough body design ensures you can blast your music and not worry about getting it wet, dropping it, or getting sand and dirt on it.

Check out our review of this Top Pick of 2016 speaker.

MSRP: $129.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Turcom

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro


Staying true to the Sound Blaster Roar Heritage, the Roar Pro portable Bluetooth speaker continues to live up to the critically acclaimed sound signature and battle the laws of the acoustic engineering by packing all the awesome components and technology to bring you all that audio power within a compact enclosure, no larger than the size of a booklet. The Roar Pro now raises the bar for portable Bluetooth speakers with further enhancements: Improved 5-driver system, three preset audio profiles, longer battery life, and its ability to transform into a wireless personal PA system when paired with iRoar Mic (sold separately).

MSRP: $199.99USD

Another Top Pick of 2016, you can read our full review.

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Creative

Satechi Conical Speakers


Don’t make any sacrifices when it comes to the perfect sound – introducing the Satechi Dual Sonic v2.0 Computer Speakers. Featuring clear, crisp stereo sound and an elegant matte finish, the Dual Sonic v2.0 Speakers look great on any desk while boasting phenomenal sound quality.

Read our full review about these affordable desktop speakers.

MSRP: $29.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Satechi


Minirig system

MiniRig offers both single speakers and a subwoofer, available as a complete package. Stylish yet minimal in its design, it is able to project sound with incredible volume & clarity. Just simply turn on, connect and you & your friends can enjoy up to 50hrs of playtime wherever you may be. The Minirig well and truly sets a new standard in wireless portable audio. The Minirig Sub is a remarkable breakthrough in speaker technology. Using a patented long-throw 3” subwoofer driver, air flow optimised folded port and powerful 30W amplifier; you can now hear those deep bass notes like never before. All this in a stylish compact enclosure with inbuilt rechargeable battery, it truly is a world first.

Read our Minirig Bluetooth Speaker and Minirig System reviews.

MSRP: $189.95USD+

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Minirig

Monster Superstar Blaster

Monster Blaster

The BoomBox is a legendary piece of music history that made portable sound a part of urban lifestyle. It took music to the streets and helped shape hip hop as we know it today. The Monster Blaster celebrates the classic BoomBox with a modern design and the latest in wireless technology. With deep pounding bass, the Monster Blaster has the power to bring music to life indoors and out. You’ve never heard anything like this before, but don’t take our word for it.
Listen for yourself… Because the Music Matters.

Read our full review to find out why the Monster Superstar Blaster was a Top Pick of 2016!

MSRP: $399.95USD

  Purchase from Monster

JBL Charge 3


JBL Charge 3 is the ultimate, high-powered portable Bluetooth speaker with powerful stereo sound and a power bank all in one package. The Charge 3 takes the party everywhere, poolside or in the rain, thanks to the waterproof design, durable fabric and rugged housing. Its high-capacity 6,000mAh battery provides 20 hours of playtime and can charge your smartphones and tablets via its USB output. A built-in noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone gives you crystal clear calls with the press of a button. Wirelessly link multiple JBL Connect-enabled speakers to amplify the listening experience.

Read our full review of the JBL Charge 3, an easy Top Pick of 2016 here at Techaeris.

MSRP: $149.95USD

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from JBL

iClever BTS-07 Bluetooth Speaker


The iClever IC-BTS07 Bluetooth Speaker offers great quality sound with Bluetooth V4.0 technology. It features two highly powerful total 6W drivers for excellent sound. The built-in lithium rechargeable battery enables 10 hours of playtime on a single charge. Ideal for indoor outdoor use, enjoy your party, BBQ picnic hiking with friends and family.

Check out our review of this affordable iClever Bluetooth Speaker.

MSRP: $99.99USD (Currently $29.99USD on Amazon)

  Purchase from Amazon

Miscellaneous Audio

Vuzix iWear


The Vuzix iWear is a high-end pair of video headphones, providing users with a mobile wearable video display and gaming solution featuring dual high-definition displays. The iWear has a field of view equivalent to a 125” home theater screen viewed from 10 feet away. Plus it supports HDMI inputs, so users can hook up to their existing 3D Blu-ray player, tablet, console system, PC, and even mobile phones. The iWear is the most advanced mobile entertainment display to enter the consumer market to date. Combined with its fantastic audio, it is capable of displaying incredible 2D and 3D video and advanced interactive Virtual Reality and 3D titles.

Be sure to check back soon for our full review.

MSRP: $499.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon

Hercules: DJControl Instinct Party Pack


The DJControl Instinct S Series is a DJ Controller with power and style. It stands out from the previously released version thanks to a modern-look featuring its central aluminum-brushed mixer, redesigned jog wheels, optimized grip, as well as its light displays, which are brighter and more visible than ever. The DJControl Instinct S Series preserves all the DNA of the DJControl Instinct. It makes it easy and instinctive for mixing thanks to a central mixer, two pressure-sensitive jog wheels to scratch and the ability to navigate within tracks or control pitch bend right from your controller! And for the emerging tech and gear heads there are integrated audio outputs for the mix including 2 RCA outs and one stereo 3.5mm / 1/8 inch jack out and one preview 1/8 inch jack out. The DJControl Instinct S Series has a compact and portable design measuring only 10.4 inch x 7.4 inch and weighing less than 2.2 pounds. Intuitive and powerful software is included for PC or Mac – DJUCED 18. This is the controller for you!

Be sure to check back soon for our full review.

MSRP: $99.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Hercules

That about does it for our Audio Gift Guide, of course we couldn’t include everything we’ve reviewed or recommend so be sure to check out our Audio Hardware Reviews section for more! Feel free to check back over the course of the week for the rest of our 2016 Holiday Gift Guides.

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