Christmas, for me, means just one thing: A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector. The wall of sound maestro, for all his horrific lady-killing failings, sure knew how to craft a tight little seasonal ditty.
But you know what I hate at Christmas? Crap stereos. The one time a year I get to indulge my love of sleigh bells backing 60s bubblegum pop, and it’s trashed by rubbish bass, disc scratching CD decks and tinny iPhone speakers.
But not this year. This year I’m sorting myself out a decent stereo system. One of these babies from Bose, Onkyo, Sony and others will be mine. And then Santa will come to town, and I will be nestled all snug in my bed, while whispers from The Ronettes dance in my head.
Scroll down to see Tech Digest’s top tips for which speakers, docks and Hi-Fi systems to pop on your Christmas list this festive season.
Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker
First up, the Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker. Weighing less than 3lbs and measuring 5" x 9.5" x 2" , this compact little speaker set connects to your mobile device over Bluetooth to add a bit more grunt to your on-the-go music. Offering 8 hours of playback per charge, it's a robust, stylish player with a built-in stand/cover combo that keeps it well protected. Available in two nominally different build variations, each is a little bit on the expensive side, but are sturdy, solid boomboxes that will be well at home on the beach come the summer months. Click here for more info