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If the turntable releases at CES are any indication, vinyl records are back and more popular than ever. Technics had some impressive new releases at CES, but Sony’s new PS-HX500 due for release this spring is cool in its own right. Aimed at a completely different demographic, this table is built around Hi-Res Audio Direct Stream Digital (DSD) or .WAV conversion, which allows you to convert all your analog masterpieces to an easily portable or archivable digital format. Sony also designed a new integrated shell type straight tonearm for better focusing, dimensionality and overall improved sound. If you don’t have a turntable already, this is one worth checking out.

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AirPods, Apple’s popular wireless headphones, get a fresh look thanks to BlackPods, a company that paints real Apple AirPods using a proprietary painting and finishing process. Available in matte black, space gray or high-gloss black finish, each pair is hand-finished and tested. Whether you’re sending in yours or ordering new, combining the flexibility of wireless headphones with the sleek and luxurious BlackPods look will make plain old white AirPods seem boring by comparison. Better yet, BlackPods gives you $30 off your order by joining their e-mail list. It’s time to upgrade.