AudioStream 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of year again so let's just get on with it!

Bleep: The Top 100 Tracks/ 2012
Price: $55.00
While you won't know what tracks make up Bleep's 2012 Top Tracks until January 7, 2013, why not live on the edge and take the plunge. For a hint at what to expect, here's their 2011 list. Comes in two sizes, WAV or FLAC.

Kikkerland Make Your Own Music Box Kit
Price: $22.00
Get in touch with your analog side.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away [Super Deluxe Box Set]
Price: $148.50
While your getting in touch with your analog side, how about a lovely Deluxe package of Nick & the Bad Seeds newest (coming Feb 2013)! Comes with CD Album and vinyl album [180gm Heavyweight Vinyl], DVD with specially created visuals by artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, 2 x exclusive 7" vinyls containing non album bonus tracks, exclusive 120-page replica of Nick Cave's handwritten, hand stamped and hand glued notebooks, numbered certificate of authenticity signed by Nick Cave (original signature limited to first 300 orders), and exclusive liner notes! And you get a download of the track "We No Who U R" which qualifies this whole thang for inclusion.

AAA Desktop Bundle
Total Price: $933.00
A desktop bundle of musical joy: the Audioquest Dragonfly Stereophile's Budget Component of the Year (read the full review), Audioquest Evergreen cable, and the ADAM Audio A3X (read the full review).

iFi: iUSBPower
Price: $199.00
Are you suffering from inadequate USB bus-power? Are you plagued by creeping computer noise? Take one dose of iFi's new iUSBPower and clean up your USB link before handing off to your O-so-sensitive DAC.
Read the full review

Kamaka: Standard Ukulele (HF-1)
Price: $845.00
Make music not war! What better way to strum than on a genuine koa Hawaiian Uke.

David Byrne: How Music Works
Price: $32.00
Music works and David Bryne tells you how. For Talking Heads fans and music lovers alike.
Read the full review

The Wire
Price: £66.00
My favorite music mag by far. Get a subscription and it will become yours too.

Price: $19.99/8GB
Dress up your USB storage with an 8GB-64GB icon.

Synology Network Attached Storage
Price: DS213+ $399.99/diskless
Free your music and your mind will follow. Synology makes a nice NAS.
Why NAS? Read all about it starting here.

Filson Double Mackinaw Cap
Price: $70.00
Baby, it's cold outside. Protect your 'lobes for listening.

Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980
Price: $42.00
Two of my favorite pastimes combined:

Now, for the first time in history, this compilation uses innovative digital techniques to convert historic “pictures of sound” dating back as far as the Middle Ages directly into meaningful audio.

Description: CD packaged in a 144-page hardback book; Book dimensions are 10 x 8 inches; 164 images reproduced in full color; Gold gilt edging and gold-foil stamping on cover and spine.

Mytek Stereo192-DSD DAC
Price: $1,695.00
Give the gift (to yourself) of DSD. You won't be sorry.
Read the full review

Steve Plaskin's Pick

Synergistic Research: MiG (Mechanical Interface Grounding)
Price: $150/set of three
Improve the sound of your DAC and computer by draining mechanical energy and re- tuning mechanical resonance.

For more select selections, check out our Greatest Bits!

slim's picture

... will get the "Pictures of Sound" for my brother.

Re Desktop Bundle: just a bit worried that stereo width may be somewhat restricted (ca. 10 inch maximum speaker separation) with the Evergreen cable shown ;-)

Michael Lavorgna's picture

Ha! You just have to put your head really really close ;-)

You actually connect the Evergreen to the right speaker and use the included Stereolink cable from ADAM to connect right to left.

Wavelength's picture


I am a little partial to the Collings uks :) You can usually find them for about the same money on eBay.

Happy Holiday's everyone!

Michael Lavorgna's picture

Happy Holidays!

philipjohnwright's picture

The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain at

Saw them in concert once at a festival. To be honest I thought they would be rubbish. How wrong I was - very musical indeed, as well as being clever. And damned entertaining. Preconceptions 0 - Reality 1.

Merry Christmas to all

Frank's picture

Those willing to travel down under Nick tours-


February 26 & 27 – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Michael Lavorgna's picture

For the NYC Show in March (28 & 29)!

Full tour schedule here.