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Rock & Roll Gift Guide

The best audio tech, gadgets, box sets and books for the ultimate music fan
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Headphones

V-Moda Crossfade M-80 Headphones
Beats by Dr. Dre may get all the press, but V-Moda's on-ear and over-ear headphones – with the signature top-grade metal, memory foam and microfiber suede – have been winning raves from company founder Val Kolton's fellow DJs and other stylish children of the night both for their strong audio performance and their standing as fashion accessory. ($230, v-moda.com)

HiFiMan HE-300 Dynamic Headphones
With their Seventies-fabulous mega ear cups, these headphones provide some of the best sound on the market, for a reasonable price. The six-foot-long cable makes these better for home than on-the-go listening. ($249, hifiman.us)

Nixon RPM Headphones
Watchmaker Nixon has lately branched out into audio tech with an aesthetically pleasing line of headphones. The oversize RPMs – with custom 40 mm drivers and gel-filled ear cushions for increased comfort – are designed specifically for DJ use. ($200, nixonnow.com)

BUDGET ALTERNATIVE: SOL Republic Tracks Headphones
Sol Republic's on-ear Track headphones are light and durable yet still deliver top-notch sound via the V8 Sound Engine technology comparable to the performance of Beats headphones, at a third the price. Customers can now even customize the headbands with any artwork they choose through Colorware. (Tracks, $100; Tracks HD, $129; solrepublic.com)

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