The best high-tech music gadgets for the holidays

IDG.TV | Nov 18, 2015

Technology is making it easier than ever to create and enjoy music. Here's some of our favorite hi-tech gear designed for artists, music lovers, and anyone in between.

PRYMA headphones make you look good while listening to your favorite tunes

Handmade by Italian artisans using genuine leather and stainless steel

Each earcup is detachable, so you can pass along to your friend

The Rose Gold model even matches your Rose Gold iPhone

PRYMA * $500 *

Urban Ears recently released its updated UE Boom 2 wireless speaker

The 360º waterproof speaker blares sound in every direction for up to 15 hours

Enable Block Party with the app so that 3 devices take turns playing music
And link it up with other UE Boom speakers to double the volume

UE Boom 2 * $200 *

Archer Vinyl Record Player brings the classic turntable into the modern era

It’s a suitcase with built-in speakers that opens up to play old school records

Don’t own any records? You can hook up your iPhone and play sweet tunes that way

Either way, you’re sure to impress your hipster friends

Archer Vinyl Record Player * $100

AfterShokz Bluez 2 are unlike any other wireless headphones

They keep your ears open and deliver sound via your cheekbones

That’s right! Through bone conduction technology

Your ear drums (and the world around you) will thank you

Bluez 2 * $80 *

Jam out with the Jamstik+, the world’s first smart guitar

No tuning required

Connect via Bluetooth to a bunch of different iOS apps

JamTutor gives you free guitar lessons

FourChords is guitar karaoke for your inner rock god

Jamstik+ * $300 *

For the DJ on the go, check out the Hercules DJControl Compact

The portable DJ controller was designed to fit perfectly next to your Macbook

2 jog wheels imitate the experience of scratching and spinning real records

Compatible with DJ software including DJUCED, Traktor, and Virtual DJ

Hercules DJControl Compact * $70 *