LENC's 5 Best Christmas Gifts Under $350 
Whether you're a lover of the Christmas season or not, it's a great excuse for most of us to step away from work for a second and catch up with good friends and family.
It seems to be getting harder and harder nowadays to make these kind of gatherings happen - Xmas remains one of the last holidays where most people are able to get away for at least a few days!
It's undeniable that the gift-giving part of Christmas can be a stressful experience, trying to choose the right gift and keep it budget-friendly can be quite a challenge.
Personally, when I buy gifts I try and purchase something high-quality that is useful and will be loved for years to come - and that's exactly the idea behind our LENC Christmas Gift Guide.
- Audio Pro BT5 Bluetooth Speaker
- Pro-Ject Primary E Turntable
- Sonos One SL Wireless Speaker
- Audio-Technica ATH-ANC700BT Headphones
- Spin Clean Record Cleaning System MKII
I believe music is the perfect gift for practically anybody - below you'll find our pick of the 5 best christmas gifts under $350 to fill anyone's life with amazing audio!
The latest in a line of class-leading bluetooth speakers from Audio Pro, the BT5 blends a beautiful Scandinavian design with a crisp and powerful sound.
Offered with 2 beautiful timber finishes and 1 classic black finish, this is hands-down one of the best looking bluetooth speakers on the market.
Add to that the latest in wireless bluetooth technology and you've got a super versatile speaker that not only sounds brilliant, but will be the talking point of any room you put it in.
This is the perfect bluetooth speaker to not only fill a room with quality sound, but also seriously add to the decor!
The BT5 is a wired bluetooth speaker, if you've got a little more budget and are looking for a portable battery-powered bluetooth speaker, the Audio Pro C3 is the go!
Noticing a flood of cheaply-made and poor quality turntables entering the modern market, Pro-Ject set out to make an affordable piece that didn't compromise on quality.
Welcome to to the Pro-Ject Primary E.
As one of the worlds leading turntable manufacturers for many years now, Pro-Ject know that it's high-quality components and precision manufacturing that make for a great turntable.
The affordability of the Primary E doesn't come from a lesser build quality like many other turntables at a similar price point, it's achieved simply by eliminating any unecessary features and focusing on pure sound quality.
That being said, the Primary E still manages to offer much more than many other turntables more expensive turntables:
- Belt-driven with synchronous motor
- Quality Ortofon cartridge
- Vibration absorbing feet
- NO plastic
- Machined special composit fibre chassis
- Light-weight, high-precision aluminium tonearm
- Sapphire tonearm bearing
- Gold-plated contacts
- Stainless steel and bronze bushing
- Elegant dust cover with adjustable hinges
- Silicon belt with optimum damping
This is the perfect turntable for someone just beginning their Hi-Fi journey, or anyone looking for a super affordable upgrade on a lesser quality mass-produced model.
You can buy the Primary E with or without a built-in phono stage depending on what you need, just select the appropriate dropdown menu on the listing.
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Arguably the leaders in multi-room audio, Sonos have just released their brand new Sonos One SL wireless speaker in time for Xmas.
This is practically identical to their widely celebrated Sonos One speaker, differing only in the fact that it doesn't contain a microphone for in-built voice control.
As such, this makes it the ideal Sonos speaker for stereo pairing with another voice-controlled Sonos speaker (e.g. the One or Beam), or home cinema surrounds where voice control isn't needed.
It shares all of the brilliant features of the original Sonos One and easily attaches to all of the same accessories. Despite not having a microphone, you can easily set it up to be voice controlled if needed - via Amazon Echo, Google Home or pairing with any other of your voice-activated Sonos speakers.
The One SL is perfect for anyone looking to add to an existing Sonos system, or anyone who wants a brilliant wireless speaker but simply doesn't like the idea of an in-built microphone!
If you're after all the functionality of a built-in mic with Amazon Alexa on board, simply go for the Sonos One at the same price
Combining the best in wireless Bluetooth and active noise-cancelling technology, the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC700BT's are some of the most feature-rich and user-friendly over ear headphones available.
The active noise-cancelling (ANC) functionality comes from Audio-Technica's unique 'QuietPoint' technology, utilising a four microphone multi feedback system to significantly reduce outside noise. Combined with memory foam earpads to create a seal around the ears and provide amazing comfort, the ATH-ANC700BT's practically remove all external sound.
Powerful wireless audio is delivered via 40mm drivers, but they are also capable of 5 - 40,000 Hz high-resolution frequency response when used with the included 1.2m cable.
One of my favourite features of these headphones are the touch and swipe controls built-in to the ear-cup. This allows you to simply tap the outside of your headphones to answer calls, skip tracks, change volume and play/pause music with ease.
Offering a 25 hour continuous use battery life (1000 hours on standby) and a compact fold-down design, the ATH-ANC700BT's are a brilliant set of headphones for those on the go! (e.g. plane travel, gym use, work commutes etc.)
If you want a great set of active noise-cancelling bluetooth headphones at a cheaper price and you're happy to sacrifice a bit of battery life, have a look at the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC500BT's
One of the most important aspects of being a good turntable owner is ensuring that your records remain clean, with the grooves being free from dirt, dust and grime. It's widely known that playing them while they are dirty not only damages the record, but can also damage the turtntable stylus (usually not a cheap fix!).
Superceding the more conventional 'spray and wipe' & 'brush-type' cleaners on the market the Spin Clean system seriously steps it up a level, making cleaning your records more effective, affordable, and easier than anything before it.
Nothing about it's use or design is complicated, needing no power or installation.Using a specially formulated vinyl cleaning solution, the Spin Clean MKII allows for a deep clean on both sides of your record at once, working with all vinyl types (33's, 45's & 78's) and containing enough materials to clean up to 6300 records.
This is one of the best and most affordable investments any turntable owner and vinyl enthusiasts can make!
That's A Wrap!:
I hope you've spotted a few great gift options here for your friends & family that won't break the bank. If you've got any questions at all or want to explore a few more ideas, don't hesitate to drop me (Darcy) an email at email@example.com and I'll be happy to help out!
Have a fun, relaxing and safe holiday season!