The Ultimate Music Gift Guide: Gifts for the Audiophile in Your Life
Music| | By Ivan De Luce
Music lovers tend to be very selective about what they listen to, and the same is true for their equipment. That’s why we’ve compiled a music gift guide to round up the best gear to go with the best music to which your favorite audiophile loves to listen. Take a look at our picks below!
When it comes to headphones, look no further than the Bose QuietComfort 35. They invented noise-canceling technology, which doesn’t just mean they have good ear cushions.
These headphones cancel out outside noise by sending out a reverse frequency, which results in no sound to your ears. They’re perfect for airplanes or even a noisy commute on public transportation. The QC 35 is Bose’s newest model, and it’s subtle, sleek, and best of all, wireless.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ self-titled double album, or The White Album as it’s commonly known, a new 180-gram two-LP pressing has been released.
It features remastered versions of all 30 tracks and packaging that’s true to the original 1968 release. It even comes with the original full-size poster and four mini-posters of the Fab Four.
If you’re looking for something even better, try the four-LP version, featuring previously unheard demo tapes, or the massive 164-page hardbound White Album book.
While there are many great turntable brands out there, including Technics and Crosley, you can never go wrong with Audio Technica.
This affordable turntable offers everything a good turntable should: 33 1/3 and 45 RPM, a fully automatic belt drive, and no built-in speakers (those usually have poor sound quality).
Be sure to buy some speakers to go with this turntable if you’re looking for maximum sound at a great price. Luckily, we’ve got a recommendation for those, too, further down the list.
These elegant, minimalist Americanflat frames are the perfect way to show off your vinyl collection. They measure 12.5 inches by 12.5 inches, just the right size for the LPs you love but might not listen to on a regular basis. And they come with convenient hardware to take the hassle out of hanging.
If you’re buying for an avid record collector, but you don’t know what they already have, try a book about records instead. 1000 Record Covers, by Michael Ochs, has compiled the 1,000 greatest and strangest album covers ever to appear on vinyl.
Unlike most speakers, the JBL Pulse 3 is waterproof, making it even more portable. Its main feature, besides excellent 360-degree sound, is the lava lamp light show set to your favorite song. It also can be a speakerphone and has a 12-hour battery life.
This is the ideal gift for anyone looking for an elegant way to store their records. The KAIU shelf holds up to 50 records in a simple, modern design. The acrylic is shatterproof, so no matter how heavy your collection gets, it’ll stay in one piece.
If you’re looking for high-quality speakers to go with your turntable, Audioengine offers the HD6, a pair of wireless speakers with digital and analog inputs. With its classic wooden exterior and fuller sound, you’ll have an easy-to-use modern update to your home audio.
Bang & Olufsen is one of the top names for home audio, but they also make in-ear wireless earphones. Like Bose and other brands, their earbuds have a connecting cord so you don’t lose them.
They’re a lot richer in sound and looks than Apple’s AirPods. They’re also dust- and splash-resistant, making them ideal for the gym as well as the office.
Do you know someone who’s always talked about learning the guitar, but never got around to it? This Yahama acoustic guitar is great for anyone just starting out, but works well for experienced players, too. And with a lifetime warranty, Yahama is willing to bet that this guitar will sound great for a long time.
So you’ve bought the records, the turntable, the receiver, the speakers, the frames, the shelving, even the little 45 RPM plastic adapter. But what happens when your records get a little dusty inside their sleeves? The collector protector vinyl cleaner kit will ensure your records retain their clear, crisp sound for years to come.
The kit comes with a self-cleaning brush, a bottle of record-cleaning solution, and a convenient pouch to store it all in.
We hope this list gave you some gift-giving inspiration. And don’t forget to SHARE this music gift guide with every audiophile you know!
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