The Gift of Giving Person Who Has Everything

The Person Who Has Everything

Airfare and Room Reservations to Las Vegas for the January 7–10, 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (Price varies)
Yes, it’s trade only, but it’s not unheard of for dealers to arrange for guest badges for preferred customers, particularly if the guest can provide feedback on the show—a legitimate function. But don’t wait until the last minute to make reservations—flights and rooms fill up fast. CES is where People Who Think They Have Everything find out they don’t.—TJN


Meridian 808.2/808i.2 CD Player ($15,995 to $16,995)
A CD player? How quaint! I love music and need it to sound great, so no compressed downloads for me. If you’re like me, you need a kick-ass CD player. This is an nth-degree component with proprietary technology, and its “I” configuration goes even farther, allowing other sources to connect and benefit from its sublime sound.—SCB


1209gift.caselogic150.jpgCase Logic 336-Disc Wallet ($50)
Let’s face it—having everything takes up a lot of room. Rather than live with bulky CD and DVD cases, why not just store the discs in a handy binder that takes up less than 6 inches of shelf width? Even if you create a separate file for paper liner notes, the space savings are huge.—MF

1209gift.htsign150.jpgStargate Cinema Personalized Home Theater Sign ($70 to $275)
Know someone who already has all the greatest A/V gear that money can buy? Give their home theater a professional appearance with a personalized sign from Stargate Cinema. Lighted models are available in several designs. Prices vary by model and size.—JZ

1209gift.beatles150.jpgThe Beatles Stereo Boxed Set ($260)
September 9, 2009 was an important day for fans of The Beatles. For the first time ever, their 13 studio albums and Past Masters albums were remastered in stereo and released in a boxed set. For someone who might have the albums on other media but never bought them on CD, this is the set to get.—JH

1209gift.gelaskins150.jpgGelaSkins Apple iPhone Removable Art Print ($15)
This year, give a gift that makes your iPhone stand out from the pack. GelaSkins help protect your gear with anti-scratch, anti-UV coating, and they display your favorite artwork. The company offers options for everybody on your list: from Lyle Owerko’s classic “Boombox” design to the Zen-like “Loose Leaf” by Derek Prospero. GelaSkins are easy to remove, and at just $15, you can pick up a few favorites and treat yourself!—DS

1209gift.SonyHomeShareCL150.jpgSony HomeShare ($1,000 to $2,000 per room)
If cost isn’t an object, how about letting a professional bring all of your A/V gear together into one elegant, flexible integrated system? Sony’s HomeShare delivers up to 16 zones of entertainment via standard Cat-5e wiring, including four zones of HD video. You can listen to an iPod play list or choose a Sirius/XM station through Sony’s easy-to-use Xross Media Bar (XMB) interface.—CL

1209gift.bando150.jpgB&O Beovision 4 ($111,805)
Want to leave the Joneses in the dust? Bang & Olufsen’s Beovision 4 is a massive 103-inch flat panel HDTV. It sports a motorized floor stand that automatically lifts, turns, and tilts the screen to a pre-selected position for optimal viewing. A range of technologies automatically improve picture quality in any environment, including a screen diagnostic that it performs every 100 hours.—KW

The APC AV S15 AV Power Conditioner With Battery Backup ($1,500)
Why let pesky power failures ruin your movie watching? The show can go on for up to 20 minutes with APC’s S15, thanks to its built-in lead-acid battery. It includes 12 AC jacks, coaxial cable, Ethernet, and other surge-protected inputs. It’s also 4080 Joules, 12 amp, 900 watt rated, so plug big honkin’ power amps elsewhere. AC jack spacing won’t accommodate adjacent audiophile-sized plugs.—MFr


1209gift.jillcr150.jpgHillcrest Labs Loop Pointer Freespace Mouse ($99)
Tell the PWHE that you jumped through hoops to get this. The Loop Pointer Freespace mouse provides onscreen cursor control with only slight wrist movements. It’s ideal for someone who has his PC or Mac connected to a TV, but it will also work most of the PS3’s navigation functions. It can make you look really cool during business presentations, too.—DW