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Headphones, speakers top gift lists

December 23, 2013 • National News


This undated photo provided by Beats by Dr. Dre shows the Beats Pill wireless, portable speaker. Headphones, wireless speakers and sound bars are flying off the shelves this holiday season. (AP Photo/Beats by Dr. Dre)

ATLANTA (AP) — Listen up, Santa.

Headphones, speakers and other audio gear are topping the holiday gift lists of many Americans.

Audio equipment is among the top-selling electronics gifts this holiday season, accounting for 13 percent of the $8 billion in consumer electronics sales between Nov. 24 and Dec. 7, according to research firm NPD Group.

Headphone sales rose 14 percent. Sales of sound bars, long, thin speakers that create surround sound, grew 80 percent. And wireless speaker sales nearly quadrupled.

The trend is being driven in part by the economy. Audio gear, which can range from $10 for ear buds to thousands of dollars for a home theater system, is being considered by some an affordable luxury during a still shaky economy.

Americans also have spent the last several years buying tablets, smartphones and Login to read more

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