Gifts for the Gear Geek

 

If you have any audiophiles on your list — or if you’re one yourself — here are some great components and accessories guaranteed to improve the sound of any system.

The Debut Carbon EVOlution

Handmade in the EU, the Debut Carbon EVO focuses on the core aspects that make a turntable sound great. Built to last you a lifetime, it offers technically advanced design and expert craftsmanship. The Debut Carbon EVO features the proven 8.6-inch one-piece elevated sound quality with a convincing sound stage. Gold-plated outputs provide the best connection, and the EVO comes with a capacitance cable with superior shielding. Paired with the award-winning Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge, the Debut Carbon EVO is available in five satin, three high gloss and one real wood veneer finishes.

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO Turntable with Cartridge

Shoot for the MOON

"Its sophisticated performance puts the 240i in a class of its own."

    — What Hi-Fi?

With five digital inputs (USB, two SPDIF and two Optical) as well as a plethora of analog line-level inputs plus a phono input, the MOON 240i integrated amplifier can easily become the one-box centerpiece of a high-performance music and entertainment system. The sound quality is organic and detailed, with exceptionally well-controlled and tuneful bass, coupled with a wide and airy soundstage, all of which makes music come beautifully alive. Power is conservatively rated at 50 watts per channel into 8 ohms, and setup is simple via the on-board software menu and OLED screen.
MOON 240i Integrated Amplifier

The MOON 390 network player/preamplifier offers a complete high-end listening solution. Featuring a DAC, preamplifier, headphone amplifier, phono stage and network streaming capability, it’s a truly versatile component — just connect a power amplifier or active loudspeakers for exceptional audio performance. Its MiND 2 (MOON intelligent Network Device) streaming module delivers an outstanding high-resolution streaming experience through music services such as Spotify Connect, Tidal Masters, Qobuz Sublime+ and Deezer Hi-Fi. The DAC architecture supports PCM (up to 32-bit/384kHz), DSD (up to DSD256) and is MQA certified. It is also Roon Ready and has Bluetooth aptX connectivity.
MOON 390 Network Player/Preamplifier

Reference subwoofer performance just went micro

The miniature yet mighty SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer easily blends into any room and speaker system, energizing the space with rich, effortless bass that’s all the more impressive given its micro-sized enclosure. Featuring innovations from the reference SVS 16-Ultra subwoofers married to fully active dual opposing 8-inch drivers, and an 800-watt RMS, 2,500 watt Peak Power Sledge STA-800D2 amplifier with discrete MOSFET output, the 3000 Micro outperforms every micro subwoofer that has come before. It also features the intuitive SVS subwoofer control smartphone app for advanced tuning and DSP

SVS 3000 Micro 8-inch Powered Subwoofer

Prepare for take-off

It’s simple, beautiful, and it can reach sonic heights that will take your breath away. Indeed, the new Zeppelin has brought wireless speaker sound quality to a whole new altitude. The new Zeppelin is overflowing with B&W’s advanced speaker technology, including a pair of Double-Dome Tweeters, borrowed from the heralded 600 Anniversary Series, and dual mid-range drivers with Fixed Suspension Transducer technology, used in the flagship 800 series. Rounded out with a 150mm subwoofer and 240 watts of amplification, the Zeppelin’s sound is impressive, capable of filling even large rooms with hair-raising highs, toe-tapping mids, and thundering lows.

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless Smart Speaker

An inexpensive accessory that can greatly improve sound quality

Designed to support large speakers weighing up to 75 lbs., the Aperta 200 isolation stands manage the energy of the speaker to reduce vibrations resonating through the supporting surface to eliminate dissonant sounds in the listening area or joining rooms. Vibrations reflecting back up the speaker cabinet can cause smear, which is the result of artefacts replicated in both channels and can cause the stereo image to collapse. The IsoAcoustics isolators reduce internal reflections to eliminate smear. The result is an improved stereo image of natural spatial sound. Aperta stands can be positioned on the floor, shelf, credenza, desktop or on a floor stand.

IsoAcoustics Aperta 200 (Black) Isolation Stands

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