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I remain a committed fan of the Sonos line of Internet-friendly audio products. Connect one (or more) to your home’s wireless or wired network, and stream music from your computers or the Internet. Two days after Father’s Day, the firm is expected to launch the “Sub,” a $699 subwoofer that’s also wireless; link it to the proper Sonos device (see for details), and the firm says you’ll rattle your fillings. Well, they actually claim floor-pounding bass, if that’s your thing.

The $119 NuForce Cube offers a portable speaker, a headphone amplifier, and a USB digital audio converter all in one. It comes from a firm noted for its high-end audio products and can probably help make those long road trips easier to bear.

If it’s bass in your earbuds you crave, check out Jays a-Jays product, featuring flat, tangle-free cables, as well as a three-button remote and microphone for the iPhone. The firm says these headphones were “tweaked to perform even better in the voice frequency ranges,” which, for $69.99, isn’t a bad deal.

Some dads may prefer an on-ear headphone, and for those who appreciate products that are high-quality and a little quirky, the Redemption Song OE headphones from the House of Marley ( are well worth the $199.99 price tag. Everything about these headphones is either sustainable (as in the raw materials used to make the product) or easily recyclable (as in the packaging, made from recycled paper).

What isn’t recycled, by any stretch, is the awesome sound. Listening to Carlos Santana’s classic “Oye Como Va,” I thought for a moment that his ensemble was next to me rather than being a recording on my iPhone. These headphones are distinctive without being overly flashy, and the sound, again, is just awesome, whether it’s Santana or Johann Strauss’ “Radetzky March.”

Label mate

Epson’s LabelWorks LW-300 and LW-400 label printers, $39.99 and $49.99 respectively, will generate pressure-sensitive labels to classify all the stuff in Dad’s garage, attic or basement. According to Epson, the “LW-300 works with a variety of tape widths ranging from six millimeters (~1/4 inch) to 12 millimeters (~1/2 inch),” while the “LW-400 accommodates tapes up to 18 millimeters (~3/4 inch) wide. The tapes are available in a variety of traditional colors, as well as specialty colors and textures such as metallic, fluorescent, pearlized, iron-on, and glow-in-the-dark,” which suggests there is a label for just about every use, and a way to keep Dad occupied for many weekends to come.