Anyone who has spent any time in the production space will tell you that B&H Photo is the place to go for all the latest gear at stellar prices. They have been around for years and years. What some people don’t know is that they also offer a boatload of audiophile grade products as well as pro side recording that span the gamut from SD cards to high end headphones. Here is a list of top 12 favs from this year’s catalog, just in time for the holidays.
If you have the budget for it, this pair of headphones easily represents pinnacle of planar dynamic technology in its current state. While not the lightest pair of headphone ever created, the punchy bass and oodles of resolution keep this pair of cans as our current reference.
Astell and Kern AK70 II
This portable digital media player lands somewhere in the middle of AK’s diverse DAP line. The mark 2 separates the left and right channels from input to output, adding even a separate DAC chipset for each channel. Powered with dual CS4398 chips and higher headphone output (4.0 Vrms via a balanced 2.5mm connection) the player tops out the feature list with 24/192 decoding, double rate DSD and can act as an external DAC via USB.
Zoom H4NSP Portable Recorder
A staple for mobile A-D, the Zoom H4N has been considered a classic recording device for years. Offering solid on board mics as well as multi-track recording, this device allows you to capture your favorite acoustic moments in 24/96 high resolution, with a footprint no bigger than the palm of your hand.
Elac Uni-Fi UB5 Bookshelf
Andrew Jones’ latest creation may have sustained some time in the market since its release a few years ago, but its no less relevant as one of hifi’s greatest bargins than it was when it first hit the scene. Sporting a 3-way design with a concentric mid/tweeter assembly, this $500 value has been a standout piece with big air and resolute transparency.