Holiday Gift Ideas: Portable Entertainment

MP3 players, headphones and other gift ideas to keep you rocking over the holidays.

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TIME Audio/Video Cable for iPod and iPhone, by Scosche

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An audio/video cable with composite (RCA) jacks that connect to a standard TV input, and a universal docking adapter that connects to your iPod, iPod touch or iPhone. Once attached, you can watch videos or listen to music from your iPod or iPhone on the TV, utilizing the bigger screen and better speakers.

As more multimedia gets placed onto portable devices, these cables are an easy way to showcase those files on a TV, or even to play music through the TV's speakers. Connecting them is easy, and ports are made of high-quality tapered metal. Scosche also makes cables that connect to high-definition TVs via component inputs ($50).

Cool Yule rating: 4 stars

Price: About $40

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Reviewed by Keith Shaw

Able Planet True Fidelity (P5500MM) headphones

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This headset can serve many purposes -- you can use them to listen to your music while at your desk or even if you're out and about with a portable device, as the Linx Audio technology lets you turn down the volume to a safe listening level without making you feel like you're missing parts of the music. A high-quality microphone lets you connect to the computer to chat over a Webcam or Skype audio call, and it's good for recording as well. If you happen to be an online gamer and use voice for coordinating efforts (either in an MMORPG or action game), these are a good fit as well.

The headphones are padded along the top (over the head), as well as the earphones themselves. A nice touch is the addition of a USB adapter that takes the headphone and microphone jacks and combines it into one thing to plug into your PC.

Cool Yule rating: 4 stars

Price: $99.99

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Reviewed by Keith Shaw

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This story, "Holiday Gift Ideas: Portable Entertainment" was originally published by Network World.

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