Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Audiophiles

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The holidays are approaching, and while you may think you’ve got a lot of time to shop for gifts, time runs out quickly. That’s why we’re posting our collection of gift guides right here on the blog, starting with our gift guide for the music lover. Gifts for audiophiles can be tricky. Sonic science can be difficult to pin down, and music lovers can sometimes be particular about tech. That’s why we have a range of presents here that are perfect for every kind of music lover, from kids who are just falling in love with their favorite artists to those rediscovering their love of the turntable.

If you have any questions about these gifts, give our audio experts a call at 800-860-3577 to learn more!

1. JBL GO 3 Portable Speaker

The red JBLGO3 speaker against a white background

The JBL GO portable speaker brings all the convenience everyone wants from a Bluetooth speaker, loaded into a tiny package and ready to go anywhere. That makes it one of the perfect gifts for audiophiles on the go. And when we say tiny, we mean it. This noisemaker is the perfect size to tag along on adventures. At just 3.4″ x 2.7″ x 1.6″, this fist-sized speaker creates better and louder noise than you’d think.  

Clip it to your backpack: this speaker is made for hiking, taking to class, or heading anywhere. it’s called the GO for a reason, right? That’s because it can stand up to a bit of moving and shaking: this model is IP67 waterproof and dustproof, so your giftee won’t have to worry if it catches a splash or takes a tumble along the trail. And with 5 full hours of playtime, it’s ready for a nice adventure (and it’s a great size for slipping into a stocking). It’s a budget-friendly price, too.

2. Bose QuietComfort Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Black Bose QuietComfort Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones against a white background

Bose is a strong name in the music industry and one that anyone is bound to appreciate. The perfect gifts for audiophiles? Something from their new Quiet Comfort lineup, like the Bose QuietComfort wireless noise canceling headphones. This pick replaces the former star of the lineup, the QC 45. Anyone who used the 45 will tell you that it was a solid, stellar noise-cancelling set, and perfect for use cases like studying, working remotely, traveling or just quietly listening to music and hearing the best of it.  

With features like adjustable EQ and even tweakable modes that allow you to choose how much of the outside world you let in, these headphones are a gift for true music lovers. Your giftee can switch between quiet and aware modes for moments where they’d like to stay in their own bubble or hear the world around them. And with a battery life that can last for a full 24 hours, they can listen all day long. Plus, with the ability to output high-fidelity audio, the QuietComfort is ready for those with the most discerning tastes.

3. SONOS Era 100 Black Speaker

Sonos Era 100 Speaker in black with a white background

If you’re looking for something made for the home, look no further than the ultra-versatile Sonos Era 100. This model replaces the Sonos One and brings next-gen improvements, from Bluetooth connectivity to USB-C connections. If you haven’t heard of Sonos before, they’re famous for their wireless home audio. It’s not built on Bluetooth but on Wi-Fi. Users connect their sound sources to speakers and subwoofers via Wi-Fi and can achieve whole home audio without the limits of Bluetooth. When it comes to gifts for audiophiles, the new Sonos Era 100 is perfect. Fun features include Trueplay tuning for optimized EQ, simple controls in the Sonos app, line-in and wireless connections, voice and touch controls, compatibility with Amazon Alexa and music apps and so much more. Whether this is your recipient’s first Sonos home speaker or it expands their collection, the Era 100 is a great gift. 

4. Sony Black Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Sony Black Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds against a white background

Still searching for gifts for audiophiles? Sometimes smaller is better when it comes to music presents. Wireless earbuds are a great gift that can be used every day, and these ones from Sony are a knockout. The brand has packed these tiny earbuds with tech, like multiple processors that work to reduce distortion and make audio reproduction clear. The WF-1000XM5 earbuds are designed with AI noise-reduction capabilities as well.

Other next-gen tech your music lover will be impressed by? The high-performing Dynamic Driver X, noise canceling that’s optimized for public travel, three microphones that help to capture and minimize more external sound and even spatial sound make it easy to hear only what listeners want. These buds even work well with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant and can detect speech. They’re impressive on the go, too. They have a battery life that can last a full 24 hours and the buds charge quickly in their case. Just like the JBLGO3, these earbuds are small enough to slide into a stocking. But they’re a huge deal for anyone who knows about the technology involved in sound quality.

5. JBL PartyBox On-The-Go Black Powerful Portable Bluetooth Party Speaker With Dynamic Light Show

 JBL PartyBox On-The-Go Black Powerful Portable Bluetooth Party Speaker with microphone against a white background

Maybe your music lover wants to share their playlist with everyone around. If that’s the case, then personal gifts for audiophiles like a pair of headphones just aren’t going to do it. Instead, they’ll want the JBL PartyBox. This generation’s boombox, the PartyBox is a great pick for taking on the go, whether your recipient loves hosting indoor and outdoor parties or heading out to picnics at the local park. Wherever the spot is, the sound quality stays the same.

The JBL PartyBox speaker brings might and fun with a light show that synchronizes with the beat. JBL Pro Sound kicks out 100 watts of powerful sound too, whether the song is bass-heavy or acoustic. Other tech that makes this the perfect party accessory include IPX4 splash protection, six full hours of playtime and the ability to connect to other compatible speakers for even more sound. This is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to have fun and share it with everyone.

6. Victrola Stream Onyx Sonos-Enabled Turntable

A black record player/turntable from Victrola

If you’re searching for classy, quality gifts for your audiophile, choose Victrola. The Victrola Stream is made for Sonos, making this and the Sonos Era 100 a great packaged present. This pick is designed to wirelessly stream favorite records to any pick in the Sonos system. It does more than just connect to Sonos, though. An RCA output helps connect your giftee to classic Hi-Fi audio listening, too. Hoping to pair this turntable with records they’ll love? Explore our collection of music. We’ve got records from decades ago and albums that are much more recent (Taylor Swift, is that you?) Explore all that this Victrola is capable of and the perfect gear to pair it with at Abt.

In Search Of More Presents?

Still hunting for the best deals on gifts for the music lover in your life? We’ve got more to show off. From records to spin on that new turntable to additional Sonos gear, we’ve got great presents for this year. And we’ll be showing off gift guides from now through the holiday season, so keep an eye out for more suggestions from our expert team here at Abt and The Bolt.

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