The temps are dropping, the days are short, twinkling lights are everywhere, and the local radio station is playing “Jingle Bell Rock,” “White Christmas,” and literally nothing else. That’s right folks, the holidays are here. Since it’s the season of giving, and we know many of you are like us and need help figuring out that perfect gift, we thought it would be fun for Worn & Wound team members to share some holiday gift ideas. Over the coming days you’ll see suggestions in a range of price points and categories, with a few great selections from the Windup Watch Shop thrown in for good measure. Enjoy, and happy holidays!
The holidays can be stressful, in no small part because gift giving is tough. I can’t claim to be an expert on what your loved ones will enjoy this holiday season, so I looked back on some of the best gifts I’ve ever received and used that as inspiration for my list. And if you happen to have a record-collecting nerd in your life, who also happens to be obsessed with the space program and never puts down his iPad, I think I just might have you covered. (In case you missed it, check out Ilya’s picks here).
Rega Planar 1 Turntable
You think watch collecting is a rabbit hole? High-end home audio, particularly analog home audio, is a hobby where people go deep. For the budding home audio enthusiast in your life (or, you know, for you, if you want to treat yourself) the Rega Planar 1 Turntable is a great analog base for old and new record collectors. A distinct step up from the mass produced turntables at your local big box electronics store, the Planar 1 represents a great introduction to “real” analog sourcing, with a low noise motor, and a high mass platter built for speed stability. Most importantly, the Planar 1 includes an RB110 tonearm with pre-set bias force. What does that mean? Basically, that the end user doesn’t have to meticulously balance the tone-arm prior to spinning a record, a sometimes frustrating experience even for vinyl veterans. Based in England, Rega has been a leader in the audiophile space for years, with a reputation for building products to last a lifetime.