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9to5Toys Gift Guide: ideas for Music Makers – pocket synths, headphone accessories, DIY kits and more

Buying gifts for the music producers/writers/makers in your life can be challenging. It is almost impossible to know which gear they want, and if even if you do, in many cases this stuff carries very heavy price tags. As a programmer and musician myself, I know I always appreciate smaller gifts and things that can be useful regardless of whether or not friends and family know what overpriced polysynth or DIY gadget I have my eye on this week. For this gift guide, we will be focusing on items...

Apple Sets a Baseline for Hardware in 2017 With the AirPods

Sure, I'm a little down on the AppleTV and the new MacBook Pro. But already in 2017 Apple has released one of their very best products, and it only costs $150. Street Cred I own way too many headphones. I have closed-cup, open-cup, noise canceling , expensive studio monitors, and cheap ear buds. I'm not an audio-quality-phile but I do listen to an inordinate amount of audio during the day. By my estimates I listen to audio a minimum of 12 hours a day and most of that is done with headphones....

The DT 1990 PRO By Beyerdynamic

This review has long been in the making. I apologize for the waiting readers but I wanted to make sure my assessment is of general consensus. After all, releasing a follower to the legendary DT 990 is nothing to take lightly. DT 1990’s smaller sibling has been an easy recommendation for over thirty years and everybody is hoping ‘The New One’ is here to stay too.The build quality of the new DT 1990 PRO headphones is simply superb. They feel amazing in the hands and on the head. There really...

Beyerdynamic Amiron home headphones review: no high-tech gewgaws, just sweet sound

It seems Beyerdynamic didn't get the memo that analog jacks are out and wireless streaming and Lightning ports are in. The company's $599 Amiron home headphones tether you to your choice of musical source and practically insist that you stay put and take your music seriously. And thank goodness for that. Instead of producing a mediocre pair of headphones following the latest trend, Beyerdynamic has delivered an astoundingly great-sounding headphone that’s sure to please anyone who cares...