Music is in our lives every day. But for some of us, music goes beyond that. Music is a passion, and only the best sounding music will do. The audiophiles in our lives need some love during the holidays, so we have compiled a list of the best gifts for the music lover in your life.
In this list we explore headphones, earbuds, Bluetooth speakers, and even dive into the world of vinyl. Let’s get started.
To truly enjoy the best music around, you need to have the best headphones around. While Bluetooth and other wireless headphones have come a long way, many audiophiles still swear by good ole’ wired headphones.
Despite what is going on in the mobile world, the headphone jack is not quite dead yet. Putting aside phones, there are still a ton of devices out there that have a headphone jack, so a good set of wired cans is crucial to enjoying premium sound. There are a ton of different options out there but we highly recommend the Sony MDR-1A headphones. These cans offer great audio in a comfortable and lightweight package. Our reviewers found that the isolation wasn’t the best, so keep that in mind, but these headphones offer the best all around value for the price. Of course, at $300, they might be a bit too pricey for some gift buyers.
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Looking for something a bit more affordable? Or hell, a lot more affordable? Another great option is the Monoprice 8323 headphones. At just $26, you’re not spending a lot here but your gift recipient won’t realize it as these sound much more impressive than you’d expect for the low price tag. Though the build quality isn’t the greatest, they have an amazing sound quality and 50mm drivers that produce a full range (20Hz to 20kHz). In other words, they do a phenomenal job of pushing out quality sound without breaking bank.
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Not quite convinced that the Sony MDR-1A or Monoprice 8323 are best gift choices? For even more options, be sure to check out the following guides:
Best headphones under $100
Best headphones under $50
Best headphones of 2017
If the friend or family member on your shopping list isn’t a wired fan, there are plenty of great Bluetooth options worth considering as well. Once again, our top recommendation comes from Sony.
Sony’s MDR-1000x come with effective active noise cancellation, great battery life, and superior sound quality. What more could you ask for in a great set of headphones? Plus the fact that they’re Bluetooth means that you’re future-proofing your choice for when phones completely drop the headphone jack. And of course they’ll also play nice with your PC or whatever audio device have you. At $348, they aren’t exactly cheap, however.
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The good news is you can actually spend under $100 and still get a pretty epic – Source