20 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR THE MUSIC LOVER
It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. You can bet your bottom dollar Bublé and his Christmas album is getting his annual airtime in shopping centres, along with other artist’s releases of festive tunes that were gently persuaded by their record labels.
In any case, it’s a time for giving and receiving so we’ve put together a selection of twenty gift ideas for the music lover and HiFi enthusiast this Christmas. All these gift ideas can be found for under $500 with a little shopping around.
1. Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player ($499 RRP)
Get the real cinema experience at home with this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player from Sony. 4K UHD resolution gives you the big screen picture, while Dolby Atmos and DTS:X create the authentic cinema atmosphere.
2. BenQ treVolo Electrostatic Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($299)
The world’s first portable electrostatic speaker, it features same technology as its high-end equivalents. It utilises quad amplified active electrostatic panels, high quality woofers, and large radiators that are precisely tuned with a custom tuned DSP. Normally $399, the treVolo is available for just $299 this Christmas.
3. Monitor Audio Bronze 1 Bookshelf Speakers ($495 RRP)
Monitor Audio’s latest Bronze 1 release are described as their most accurate in the range yet, imbuing the design with true ‘monitor’ status. They’re able to play much louder and deeper than their compact size would suggest and perfect for stand or shelf, or event mounted on the wall. They’ll deliver great sound where space is at a premium and are available in Black or Walnut finishes.
4. Beyerdynamic Byron BT Wireless Headphones ($129 RRP)
Beyerdynamic has designed the Byron BT wireless headphones specifically with mobile devices in mind. Strong, consistent sound with controlled bass ensures absolute listening enjoyment and epitomises Beyer’s highly musical standards. Music and phone calls are transmitted via Bluetooth aptX, and each acoustic transducer for right and left ear are simply connected to one another using a short cable. Tangled headphone cables are a thing of the past. The rechargeable battery is good for up to 7.5 hours, so the Byron BT wireless headphones are ideal for the daily commute.
5. OPPO HA-2SE Portable Headphone Amplifier and DAC ($499 RRP)
For those constantly on the go, OPPO’s HA-2SE is an elegant yet sophisticated portable headphone amplifier, high-resolution DAC and has a built-in rechargeable battery. It will improve and enhance the music playback from smartphones and portable music players. With a genuine leather case and the eye-catching bevelled aluminium edges, the HA-2SE can also be used to charge mobile devices.
6. Denon HEOS 1 HS2 Portable Wireless Speaker ($299 RRP)
Add a Go Pack battery pack ($179 RRP) to the HEOS 1 for truly amazing sound in a compact, portable speaker. Listen to your favourite audio tracks wirelessly, via Bluetooth or streaming over Wi-Fi. With advanced Digital Signal Processing onboard, the HEOS 1 delivers full range sound, with custom EQ sound tailoring that helps deliver a smooth, natural tonal balance. True portable audio never sounded so good.
7. Ruark Audio R1 Mk3 Deluxe Bluetooth Radio ($449 RRP)
Beautifully simple, the latest R1 features DAB+ and FM radio, as well as being able to receive Bluetooth Audio from your smartphone. A most desirable and complete tabletop radio, there’s a high contrast OLED display, dual-alarm system, and USB port of charging your devices. With class-leading sound quality, put one of these beside your bed or in your kitchen or bathroom.
8. Music Hall MMF 2.2 Turntable ($649 RRP)
The MMF 2.2 is an audiophile quality turntable at a budget price. Focusing on the critical music making components, it is constructed using high quality components and comes complete with the cartridge mounted and aligned. Available in a striking red finish, it will be ready to play your vinyl this Christmas.
9. Audio-Technica ATH-AR5BT Wireless Over-Ear Headphones ($369 RRP)
The AR5BT headphones let you enjoy amazing, high-fidelity audio whether you choose to listen over a traditional wired connection or via Bluetooth wireless technology. The headphones connect easily with smartphones, tablets, music players, and other devices. When connected via capable, the powerful 45mm drivers can reproduce Hi-Res audio from 5Hz through to 40kHz. With a built-in microphone and controls, they’re the perfect travel or daily commute headphones for the ultimate in sound quality.
10. NAD Electronics D 3020 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier ($699 RRP)
In the 70s the iconic and original NAD 3020 stereo amplifier introduced an entire generation of music lovers to true high-fidelity sound. To honour this legendary amplifier, NAD released the D 3020 to encompasses all that made the 3020 great. Packed with the innovative technologies of today, it features inputs for both digital and analogue sources, and thanks to its wireless Bluetooth capability, the D 3020 can stream music from tablets, laptops and even smartphones. Delivering a performance that is both expansive and immersive, the D 3020 ensures that you hear your favourite tracks in the best audio quality possible.
11. PSB Speakers M4U 4 In-Ear Monitor Headphones ($399 RRP)
PSB have taken over 40 years of bringing real sound to real people and packed it into their exciting M4U 4 High Definition In-Ear Monitor headphones. Listen to your music on-the-go in comfort and style with PSB's true-to-nature sound quality. The M4U 4 High Definition In-Ear Monitors feature a two-way Hybrid Dual-Driver System of dynamic and balanced armature drivers for true hi-fi listening, and come supplied with Comply Foam tips to ensure maximum comfort.
12. Personalised Vinyl Record Placemats (From $43)
What to buy the music or vinyl lover that has everything? Look no further, this delightful vintage addition to your dining table offers the perfect blend of style and nostalgia using recycled vinyl. Create your own personalised 12-inch recycled vinyl placemats with your own text or song title and message to make any meal memorable! A set of 6 placemats is available in three different colour choices. Best order this one quick for delivery from the UK in time for Christmas though.
13. Bowers & Wilkins T7 Wireless Speaker ($499.95 RRP)
From one of the biggest names in audio in the world, the T7 Wireless offers high quality sound wherever you go. Connect your device via Bluetooth for audio streaming up to 18 hours of playback on a single charge. With two 50mm drive units and twin bass radiators, the T7 delivers serious sound despite the compact size. Mention StereoNET at any authorised B&W dealer until Xmas and you’ll also receive a free leather case valued at $45.
14. Pioneer SBX-101 Soundbar ($349 RRP)
As TVs get bigger their speakers get smaller. If you’re fed up with your TV sound it’s time to upgrade with the addition of a Soundbar. Pioneer’s SBX-101 includes a speaker bar plus a wireless subwoofer and delivers much bigger, immersive sound in a relatively affordable package. Plus, it adds Bluetooth connectivity for streaming from your smartphone or other devices. Don’t settle for bad sound from your TV, add the Pioneer SBX-101 to your loungeroom this Christmas.
15. Pro-Ject Spin Clean Record Washer System Mk II ($149 RRP)
If you’ve been crate digging at your local record fair or just like to keep your new vinyl purchases in pristine condition, you’ll want to pick up a Spin Clean Washer for your records this Christmas. The Spin Clean system is one of the easiest and most affordable solution to cleaning your records and ensuring the cleanliness of your turntable. It also enables you to clean both sides of your record at once, and with the included accessories you’ll be ready to begin removing the grime from your grooves on Christmas day.
16. Tannoy Eclipse One Stand Mount Loudspeakers ($499 RRP)
The Tannoy Eclipse One is a compact, high-performance 2-way speaker that deliver great sound in small to medium-sized rooms. From one of the names you can trust in audio, Tannoy’s roots date back to 1926. By distilling Tannoy’s technologies and engineering expertise, this stylish, black oak finish, Eclipse One redefines performance for budget loudspeakers.
17. Comply Foam Audio Pro – SmartCore Tips 3 Pack ($34.95 RRP)
There’s just about no pair of in-ear style headphones on the market that couldn’t benefit from the addition of Comply Foam tips. Made in the USA using proprietary memory foam materials for the ultimate in-ear headphone upgrade, Comply Foam tips have become the number one choice of manufacturers and enthusiasts. They’re simply to install and come with 3 x pairs in the pack. Comply Foam tips are available in all sorts of shapes and sizes for your headphones or application.
18. Rega Planar 1 Turntable ($549 RRP)
The most user-friendly turntable that Rega has made to date, the Planar 1 is literally ready to go seconds after unpacking. You’ll be spinning records before breakfast is finished on Christmas day! Rega has fitted and set up the turntable with a Rega Carbon cartridge at the factory, so all that’s left to do is wait for those Boxing Day sales to stock up your vinyl collection.
19. Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones ($629.95 RRP)
The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless turns every journey into a first-class experience. Enjoy Sennheiser’s trademark high-quality sound and NoiseGard™ hybrid adaptive noise cancellation, all packed into a sleek foldable design. Control your sound using the ear cup-mounted touch control panel, and an intuitive voice prompt system. With up to 30 hours of battery life, the PXC 550 Wireless lets you travel around the world in comfort on a single charge.
20. Personalised Sound Wave Print ($95 A3 Size)
As unique a gift as the sound wave itself, Newton and the Apple (UK) create an A4 or A3 print of your song of choice, in all its intricate detail, into a striking piece of art for your wall. The archival print has a slightly textured matt finish which produces beautiful depth of colour and detail. The inks will not fade so your print will last a lifetime. Delivery takes 10-14 days so you better order quick.
We wish you a Merry Christmas!
StereoNET's Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers and headphones. Marc is also the founder of the annual International HiFi Show.
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