Plenty of workers will say that they are fine listening to their music and podcasts with whatever $5 pair of headphones they have lying around. But that may be because they have not worked with something more high-end. A great audio system with a rich and layered sound -- and no tinny treble or too much base -- can transform a listener's aural experience.
It's the true audiophiles who'll appreciate some of the most premium gear that incentive merchants have to offer. Take Sony's recently-released WH-1000XM3 headphone ($349). It's wireless, noise-canceling and the absolute top-of-the-line headphone that Sony currently offers to the consumer market.
No matter who you or your winners are, this sexy piece of equipment will be welcome. Casual consumer? The Sony WH-1000XM3 offers a significant upgrade over most headphones on the market. Wary commuter? The noise-canceling will dull the sounds of planes taking off or crying children, yet you'll still hear your colleagues asking you questions.
These headphones work splendidly and will up the audio experience in any situation. And the battery life is formidable -- lasting a consecutive 24 hours before needing a recharge. Not only that, but they're super sleek, guaranteeing to look great while being worn. Rymax has the Sony WH-1000XM3 in both black and silver.
For those who want to enhance their in-home experience, check out Bang & Olufsen's Beoplay A9 wireless home speaker ($2,699). Modern and innovative -- and with sleek wooden peg legs that'll match with the rest of your midcentury décor -- the A9 lets you wirelessly stream via Apple AirPlay, DLNA or Bluetooth, so you can hook your favorite music apps straight into the speaker. It also offers 480 watts of rich sound and intuitive touch controls, and it has built-in tech that optimizes sound based on the room in which it's playing.
Or, offer the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay bundle ($1,500), featuring the H9i ANC headphones with P6 and M5 speaker systems. The H91 is a beautiful noise-canceling headphone that can either cancel out all surrounding noise or amplify sounds around you, so you can hear what you need to. The P6 speaker presents rich sound throughout a room, and the M5 is a wireless speaker that can be part of a greater system or used solo.
Both Bang & Olufsen sets are available through Power Sales.