Having a hard time finding the perfect holiday gifts for the music lover in your life? Whether your resident audiophile spends nights spinning discs as a DJ, listening to the newest alternative releases, or brings a portable speaker with them wherever they go, it can be hard to pick out presents for these folks. That could be because classic home sound systems can seem complicated to those who aren’t familiar with them thanks to diverse components and easily-crossed wires. (Tip: to learn more about everything that goes into a home audio system, check out our Audio Buying Guides). Whether you’re a sonic expert yourself or are hoping for a bit of extra help finding the year’s top tech, Abt’s AV specialists have your backs. Check out our favorite picks of 2021 to find gifts for the music lover in your life.
Stream With Boosted Audio: Bose Smart Soundbar 900
Music lovers aren’t just invested in MP3 files and vinyl records. Make sure that films, dramas, documentaries and comedies all carry high sound qulaity with help from the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. This long all-in-one speaker system is designed to connect to televisions with ease, converting what could come out as tinny audio into a completely balanced sound system. The 7-channel device pushes sound across any space with up-firing speakers, diverse arrays and even a central tweeter. With the capability to translate Dolby Atmos and smart spatial processing, this intelligent device will make any input immersive. Smart features like built-in voice assistants and Wi-Fi connectivity make this model the perfect all-in-one device for any home. Available in black or white.
Looking to learn more about this sleek sound master? Check out our in-house analysis of the Bose Smart Soundbar 900.
Classic Bookshelf Speakers: Edifier Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers
If your audiophile is more interested in a full-fledged sound system than an all-in-one soundbar, you’re in the right place. These left and right Edifier speakers are designed with customization in mind, making them the perfect gift for advanced music lovers. These HiRes devices ditch classic wires and connections for Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to play their favorite albums from their phone—all with near-lossless quality. Prefer a wired connection instead? These devices are equipped with varius inputs, from RCA audio cables to optical and USB plugins. You’ll be able to connect to all kinds of devices, like amplifiers and receivers.
Not one for bookshelves? Complete the set-up and bring these devices to ear level with speaker stands made just for these devices.
Give Boosted Bass: Klipsch R-12SWI Wireless Subwoofer
When it comes to building the perfect sound system, you’re going to need more than just a pair of speakers. Bring high-powered bass back into the room with the wireless Klipsch R-12SWI subwoofer. The perfect gift for any music lover that’s truly invested in sound quality, this model from the experienced engineers at Klipsch is made to wow. Constructed especially for bigger rooms, this wireless device provides low distorion and high wireless fidelity. All your Secret Santa will need is a power cable to hear their favorite albums in a completely different light.
Looking to learn more about other options? Check out our Subwoofer Buying Guide to read up.
Small Size, Big Volume: Sonos Roam Smart Speaker
Looking for gifts for the music lover on the go? Whether your best friend spends all their free time hiking or your spouse loves hitting the back nine, this year’s portable Sonos release brings the party right along with you. Unlike other lower-tier wireless noisemakers, this model is built with smart technology. If you’re at home, connect via WiFi or Bluetooth and speak to voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Meanwhile, you’ll be able to connect your roam to other speakers in your Sonos-equipped set-up for a complete audio nexus. Alternatively, bring this skinny speaker anywhere thanks to a full charge with up to ten hours of battery life.
Choose between black or white—they’re both waterproof. Learn more about all the sonic qualities of the Roam in our launch post.
Wrap Up Classic Hi-Fi Sound: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO Turntable
If your loved one is a fan of classic rock, already has boxes of records or is just now getting into the flow of high-fidelity audio, go all out with the EVO turntable from Pro-Ject. This high-performing model is made with performance in mind, prioritizing quality above all else. A single stiff tonearm, finely crafted belt drive and interior damping all place this model ahead of the competition. Crafted in Europe and designed to look nearly as good as it sounds, the EVO can handle different size records, too. Play 33, 45, and 78 RPM speed vinyl records with ease, all on the same machine.
Is your audiophile new to the world of vinyl records? Teach them how to care for their record player along with this present.
A Stylish Speaker & Stand: Andover SpinBase Turntable Speaker System
No turntable setup is complete without a high-powered speaker or a sturdy stand. This hi-fi accessory combines both in one space-saving device. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on multiple speaker components (then finding out where they’ll all fit in a living space), users can rely on a single powered speaker, pre-amp included. The space-saving SpinBase is designed to accommodate any record player, whether it’s from last year or five decades ago. Just check to make sure the turntable’s feet fall within the dimensions of this speaker. Connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or use the included RCA cable.
Comes in both black and white. Find its specialized shelving stand here.
Still looking for presents?
If you’re still on the hunt for holiday gifts for the music lover, your family baker, a gamer, the resident mixologist, and everyone in between, come back to The Bolt all throughout the month of November. We’ll be featuring holiday gift guides picking out some of the best products 2021 has to offer. Check out our website to see everything the experts at Abt have to offer.