Audio freaks take their audio seriously, just as many other enthusiasts of other things do. The quality of sound is by far the most important aspect of any audio gift, whether it is headphones or speakers or anything else that will add to an audio freak’s listening pleasure.
The following top gifts are guaranteed to make any audio freak happy:
1. Headphones – This is a gift that not only benefits the recipient but also the giver, for anyone who doesn’t have the same appreciation for his or her music but lives in close proximity.
Ranging wildly (yes, I said wildly) in price, with a top quality set sporting a price tag upward of $300 and good quality sets around $150 it can be difficult to decide which ones to buy. If money is not the most important factor then the Bose QuietComfort 35 will provide excellent noise-cancelling ability, superior Bluetooth audio quality and can also be used corded if desired. This set is a little heavier than its predecessor but the quality of sound will more than make up for it.
For those looking to stay within a budget and still be able to give a great set of headphones look no further than the BeatsX. At around $150 the BeatsX offers light weight Bluetooth capability and good sound quality. Water-resistant, neckband-style and quick pairing with Apple devices make these headphones a good choice for the audio freak who likes to listen to music while running or cycling.
2. Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Let’s face it; audio freaks want to be able to listen to their music everywhere, and many like to share their favorite tunes with others, so what better way to do that than with a portable
As long as there is a small area of level surface for the speaker to be sat down on the UE Boom 2 provides louder sound than the original Boom speaker, with better sound quality. This model is shock resistant and fully waterproof so is ideal for lake side or at the beach. Able to be paired with a second UE speaker this small but powerful speaker can then supply stereo sound that any audio freak is sure to love. Prices vary greatly from retailer to retailer, and being a little pricey for a portable Bluetooth speaker (seen priced as high as $219 and as low as $138) so be sure to shop around for the best deal. While not the highest priced portable Bluetooth speaker available it does represent the best value for money.
Budget-conscious gift givers may find the price tag (around $98) and the versatility of the JBL Charge 2+ more to the liking of their audio freak gift recipient, as it also doubles as a backup battery for phones as well as being wireless Bluetooth and capable of pushing out plenty of quality sound. Water-resistant with good battery life, this compact but mighty speaker also comes with built-in speakerphone capabilities, making it one of the most versatile portable Bluetooth speakers on the market.
3. Vinyl Record Turntable – Retro is in, guys and gals, and so imagine what a surprise your audio freak will get when you present him or her with a vinyl record turntable. LP’s are in plentiful supply in thrift stores and garage sales, so do a bit of searching and find some records featuring the best music from the past to gift also. Giving an audio freak a turntable without LP’s to play on it is like giving a kid a toy without batteries!
At just under $300 (shop around as you may find it cheaper) the Audio Technica AT-LP120BK-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable is capable of playing at speeds of 33-1/3rpm (for singles), 45rpm (for LP’s) and 78rpm for the older style shellac records. Audio Technica are renowned for producing quality components and this turntable is no different. Includes USB cable and Mac and PC-compatible Audacity software to quickly and easily hook up to your computer (cable included), and an arm built with an anti-skate adjustment to reduce the ability for precious ‘vinyls’ to become scratched. The unit comes complete with a removable, hinged clear cover to protect both the components and the vinyl records from dust.
If your audio freak is not already into vinyl, giving him or her this turntable and a couple of classic records from the past is sure to provide them with a new audio interest that will have them thanking you for years to come!
There is no doubt that those who listen to music everywhere they go appreciate the best sound quality, and any one of these gift ideas listed above is sure to be appreciated by even the most picky of audio freaks.