Make a Present to Your Loved Ones – The Gift Guide for Music Lovers

It’s the season for giving! As the days get colder and shopping lists get longer, things can get a little overwhelming. The Xmas shopping season is in full swing, already. Especially shortly before the holidays, everything can get a little hectic. That’s why we put together the perfect gift guide with ideas for music lovers.

Sound Gift Guide by ARCTIC

Perfect Gifts for Music Lovers

For the Vinyl Junkie

With vinyl record sales rising over the last few years, odds are that there’s an old-school vinyl fan in your life. Between new bands releasing music on vinyl, and old classics getting polished up with new mastering technologies, music lovers of all ages are hopping onto the vinyl bandwagon. If you don’t have the money to buy a new record player, a record can be a nice gift. Online marketplaces, records shops and special flea markets offer a great variety of old and new vinyl records for little money.

For Those on the Move

Wireless headphones allow the listeners to cut the cord, avoid cable clutter and experience the freedom of listing to their favorite music on the go. This experience is perfect for everybody with a busy lifestyle – like students on their way to university or business travelers. The handiest BT headphones are equipped with a microphone and multi-function controls allowing users to answer calls and manage their music with ease.

ARCTIC P604 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Wireless BT Headphones – Perfect for People on the Move

For Listening at Home

If your friends and family members don’t use headphones, but still love music, a new speaker for their tablet or smartphone can be the perfect gift. The new speakers come with a surprising punch for their small size and have a great battery life. You can get the speakers equipped with either a robust Bluetooth connectivity or an auxiliary 3.5 mm jack to connect older devices. On the most current Bluetooth speaker versions, you can also expect built-in track controls and speakerphone calling.

ARCTIC S111 M Mobile Speakers

Mini Sound Cube for the Perfect Sound at Home

Neutral, Bassy or Great Highs – The Best Headphones for All Tastes in Music

Actually, a good pair of headphones is an all-rounder and therefore, should be suitable for all styles of music. However, different models are distinguished by nuances in sound. Ultimately, the resulting sound differences of each headphone model make them more suitable for certain genres of music. So, when you buy a new headphone you should take your own musical taste on consideration. Whether you love classical sounds, techno beats or the heavy tones of metal – choosing the right headphones can be vital for the highest musical enjoyment.

Neutral Sound for Classics

For classical music a balanced sound beneficial. Here, the perfect headphones are distinguished by a balanced, harmonious and very natural sound. Often, the neutral tone is also compared to a studio sound.In addition to the sound, the headphones’ comfort is important for classical music. Classical works often go for several hours. In order to listen to an entire opera or symphony concert in a relaxed way, the ear pads should be particularly soft and the headband should be padded in high quality.

Sound Curve Neutral Sound ARCTIC P614 BT

Neutral sound is perfect for classical music.

Give Me Bass

Fans of hip hop, soul, rock and heavy metal should pay particular attention to purchase headphones with a powerful bass. To enhance the sound, headphones with a headband and closed form are the most suitable. These shield the ear almost completely from the outside world. Since the environmental noises are almost completely blocked, nothing disturbs the listening experience, here. For models that rest on the ear, it should be ensured that adequate and comfortable upholstery is available. In addition, the wearing comfort is increased when the headband can be changed individually in size.

Highs for Electro

House and techno sound the best when pronounced highs are woven into the carpet of sound. Especially DJ headphones with extra-clear highs and a slight gain of bass, even at the highest volume, will let the hearts of music fans beat faster. The over-ear and on-ear models with a closed form shield the wearer from disturbing noises. Everybody who actually uses the headphones as a DJ has the agony of choice between different styles with cool, edgy designs, in addition to a wide range of sound quality products.

ARCTIC P402 BT with great highs and bass

Headphones with great highs and crystal clear sound are perfect for elctronical beats.

Pair via one click: NFC pairing for smartphones

The term “NFC” occurs more often nowadays when there’s talk about smartphones and gadgets. Most new smartphones have the technology. Speakers, headphones and even payment systems are using it to ease the users’ handling with the gadgets. But what is NFC? And what are the advantages when using this technology?

NFC – Near Field Communication

NFC means Near Field Communication. It describes the communication between two elements that are near each other. The new standard for wireless transfer is mostly used for smaller transactions like payment, transmitting a web address or pairing gadgets. Both gadgets have to be held just some centimeters apart to make the transfer work.

NFC logo

NFC – Near Field Communication

Diverse usages

NFC is very reasonably priced and offers a huge potential for using it in the identification and simplification of coupling processes with small amounts of data. Especially in everyday life, NFC is highly practical for smartphone users. Fast printing a snapshot, transferring small amounts of data to another smartphone and the quick and easy pairing with headphones or speakers are the most popular utilizations here. Here, NFC serves only as a pairing and connection wizard for much faster wireless locations, such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Here, can larger data can be sent.
The other NFC usage possibilities are endless: opportunity to pay with NFC cards, inventory control, animal identification, personal identification, NFC tags with links to right information on sights, shop windows or in offline stores.

P614 BT wireless headphones paired via NFC with a Smartphone

Easily connect your smartphone with a pair aof NFC headphones

Combination of NFC and Bluetooth

There is a wide range of NFC speakers and headphones. The mere holding both gadgets near each other is sufficient to establish the connection. Yes, you read that right: To connect, simply put the NFC-enabled smartphone next to a device for a brief moment  to establish a connection via Bluetooth.
Here, the actual connection setup and data exchange takes place via Bluetooth, but NFC facilitates the connection between your phone and the device as a manual and often idle pairing of the two devices is eliminated. NFC speakers are ideal for BBQs or parties. Anyone can fast, easy and simply play his favorite music.

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Summer Gadgets – Cool Devices for the Summer Holidays

It’s summer and that means that it’s time to get excited about the vacations, beaches, the sun and warm weather. Everyone knows tons of things to do before the season ends, whether it’s staying in shape, tanning on the beach, hosting BBQs or travel with friends and family.
There are plenty of handy devices and gadgets on the market that can help fully take advantage of all cool summer activities.

Music to Go

Nothing shows us that it’s summer the way music does. Whether you prefer the current No. 1 summer hit or some oldie like “Summer in the City”, the beats and lyrics make you dance and have fun in the sun. A portable Bluetooth speaker can add some of your favorite tunes to wherever you are – a campsite, your hotel room or at the local pool. The small sound cubes and wireless stereo speakers make the beach or park to the perfect summer party location.

ARCTIC S113  portable speaker with Bluetooth feature

Enjoy your favorite music everywhre with portable speakers

For plane flights, train rides or just for enjoying some music alone in the sun, wireless BT headphones are the perfect summer gadget. They do a far better job of blocking out noise than the earbuds your smartphone came with. And, a wireless headset means you don’t have to mess with tangled cables in your bag.If you want to have a splash of color in them as summer is the best time for colorful outfits and accessories, you can look for wireless headphones in come vibrant colors like pink, lime or blue – like the ARCTIC P311 BT.

Power Wherever You Are

As smartphones and tablets get better, and more indispensable, their batteries are getting worse. So it’s ever more important to get a good charger when traveling. To charge your USB devices fast and easy, a car charger is the perfect way to do so while you’re on the road. Thanks to its small size, the charger takes little place and will not hinder you while changing gears. Moreover, a fast charger can be stowed away in the glove compartment easily if it isn’t needed.
For the time at a hotel, a smart charger can be the perfect gadget for you. Most times, you will travel with friends or your family and all of you will have the need to charge your tablet, smartphones and cameras at the same time. Here, a multiport charger with IC technology guarantees that up to several devices from any brand are charged fast and save at the same time.

Smart USB Wall Charger Used as a Travel Charger

USB multiport charger with IC technology – perfect when travelling

For days at the beach, a power bank will be the savior of your smartphone. The small external and portable batteries can charge any USB device on the go. Thanks to its small design, a power bank fits perfectly in your pocket and is ready to charge whenever you need.

Cool Down at Your Desk

You even can enjoy the summer while working – when you know how to stay cool at your desk. USB fans not only provide a fresh breeze at the office, but can also bring some color to your everyday work. The USB powered fans often are available in colorful designs and some of them even provide a USB hub for other gadgets like your keyboard, mouse or a thumb drive.

ARCTIC Breeze USB Desktop Fan

Cool down at your desk with colorful USB fans

Headphones – Choose the best pair for you

Whether you are at home or on the go, music makes everything way better. Thanks to headphones, you can listen to your favorite bands and songs all the time. It’s nearly like having a personal soundtrack. But as there seem to be thousands of different wearing styles and sound qualities in headphones, how do you choose them?

Earbuds or Headphones?

Earbuds and in-ear headphones are tiny earpieces that go inside your ears. You mostly know these, as cheaper earbuds often come with smartphones and MP3-players. I f you want to keep them in a very small purse or your pocket, earbuds are probably a good choice. But some people find them less comfortable, because they’re uncomfortable with putting things inside their ears.
Headphones rest on your outer ears. Some models cover the entire surface of the ear, but don’t entirely seal them. Headphones can also block out ambient noise, such as that encountered when traveling on airplanes or walking on a busy street.

Wired or Bluetooth?

If you use your headphones with an iPod, smartphone or tablet, you have to decide whether you want a wired or wireless pair. Wireless headphones are pretty self-explanatory: they don’t have wires, letting you roam the world cable-free.

ARCTIC Wireless BT Headphones P614 BT

Taking a walk with wireless headphones

The great advantage of wireless Bluetooth headphones like the ARCTIC P614 BT is the greater freedom they offer. You don’t have to unknot the cables of your headphones when taking them out of your bag. Also, you can move freely without worrying about catching on obstacles like door handles or worrying about to little freedom to move because of short cables. And thanks to NFC pairing, it’s a breeze to connect the headphones to your devices in no time.

Sporty or Relaxed?

When do you want to use the headphones? If you like to listen to music while doing sports, in-ear headphones or headphones with a neckband could be the best for you. Thanks to their design, the sports headphones ensure you the perfect fit and don’t slip while running or jumping. Moreover, new models like the wireless P324 BT have exchangeable ear pads than can be easily washed and are just as new after cleaning. That way, no displeasing smell or discoloration can arise.

ARCTIC Wireless Bluetooth Sports Headset

Be active with sports headphones

If you like to listen to some music on the way to work or just for relaxing, headphones with a leatherette and comfortable headband are great. Especially on-ear headphones with soft ear cushions will guarantee a nice and smooth musical experience.