Rock Their Worlds: Dads and Grads Will Love These Great-Sounding Gifts from Yamaha and TC-Helicon

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As June approaches, many are looking for last-minute gifts for the dads and grads in their lives. If they happen to be music fans, here are a few options that may do the trick.

Yamaha PDX-11 portable iPod/iPhone docks

Choosing the right gift for that special someone can be a tough task. If the fathers or graduates in question are interested in music, or even musicians, Yamaha and TC-Helicon offer these innovative products that will keep them rocking.

PDX-11 Portable iPod/iPhone Dock

Against an endless sea of iPod and iPhone docks that have flooded the market, Yamaha’s PDX-11 portable player dock is an entirely new product concept that delivers amazing sound quality anywhere and at a remarkably low price (MSRP $129.95). Available in four eye-catching colors—white, dark blue, green and black—the battery or AC powered PDX-11 has a striking and rugged-looking octagonal horn-shaped design with a perforated steel grill for overall toughness.

A sturdy “grab it and go” roll bar chrome handle makes it easy to take the PDX-11 anywhere to enjoy favorite tunes—from the home or dorm room, to a party on the beach, the back yard or game-day tailgating. The PDX-11 also can be connected to a PC, Mac or other digital audio player via a mini jack (3.5mm) on the back of the dock.

VoiceLive Play Vocal Processor

With the buzz surrounding American Idol, X Factor and America’s Got Talent, the interest in singing among average Americans is growing fast. With VoiceLive Play, a vocal processor by TC-Helicon, music hobbyists and performers can sing along with any MP3 recording by ripping out the original vocals, improve the sound of their voices with pitch correction, harmonies and other effects and transform themselves to sound like popular music acts from several genres. Singers can also track their progress as performers with feedback on where they are excelling and where they need work. With a built-in RoomSense microphone, VoiceLive Play is ready to use right out of the box. VoiceLive Play is available now for a street price of $250.

THR Hi-Fi Stereo Music Player/Guitar Amp

The THR10 (MSRP $460) and THR5 (MSRP $330) just may be the best-looking guitar amps ever made; in fact, it just won a prestigious red dot award: product design 2012. Smaller amps are usually just miniature versions of black vinyl-covered boxes, but the THR is a different type of amp (designed for the home) with a different look (there is no larger model). The models draw on Yamaha's innovative consumer electronics and professional audio pedigree to deliver powerful sound in a tasteful, attractive package.

  •     Connect any smartphone or other external music player for room-filling sound or to jam along with favorite tunes
  •     Battery powered, portable and lightweight; instant inspiration anywhere
  •     Easy computer connectivity for pro-quality recording on the desktop

Each of these music-related products can be found at national retail chains or online.

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