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Holiday Gift Guide: 16 Gifts For The Audiophile In Your Family


The holidays are creeping ever closer, and since we’ve already suggested some stocking stuffers, it’s time to move on to your favorite audiophiles. Our Holiday Gift Guide provides a few ideas to keep your favorite tech-lover happy this holiday season. Keep reading for some gift ideas for your friends and family that appreciate an exceptional audio experience.

Fluance: Fi50

Fluance Fi50

Best-in-class, elegantly designed audiophile-grade Bluetooth speaker system produces room filling, concert-like audio. Check out our coverage of the Fluance F150.

  • High fidelity sound quality results in clean, undistorted bass, a clear midrange, transparent natural highs and can handle the highest volume levels with outstanding clarity
  • Merges dual full-range 5″ woven woofers, coaxial tweeters and a powerful 40 watt amplifier, resulting in a broader dynamic range and well-defined sound reproduction
  • Hand-built MDF wood cabinet design suppresses resonance for accurate response, increased warmth and an overall more natural sound
  • Two finely tuned bass ports control low frequency and improve efficiency
  • Features a sleek, illuminated touch control panel to adjust volume, treble and bass levels
  • Packaged with sound isolation floor spikes to eliminate vibration and prevent music distortion
  • Built-in 2.1A USB port allows for quick and easy charging of most USB-powered device
  • AptX enhanced audio technology ensures powerful and well defined sound throughout the listening area
  • Seamlessly pairs to smart devices via Bluetooth technology
  • Conveniently features a 3.5mm auxiliary input to stream music from non-Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • Available in black ash, lucky bamboo or natural walnut color options
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MSRP: $199

  Purchase from Amazon

Electrohome: Archer Record Suitcase Player

Electrohome Archer

Fully automatic turntable with built-in speakers housed in a 60s-style suitcase that seamlessly blends vintage charm with twenty-first century convenience

  • Two built-in full-range stereo speakers allow users to hear every warm crackle and subtle nuance of their favorite vinyl records anytime, anywhere
  • Belt-driven turntable plays 7, 10 and 12-inch records at three speeds of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 revolutions per minute, so you can rest assured knowing that your entire vinyl library can be enjoyed
  • Vintage design housed in an all-wood suitcase inspired by the first wave of 1950s and 60s portable turntables
  • play songs from your smartphones, tablets, or USB flash drive using the system’s AUX and USB input

MSRP: $99.95

  Purchase from Amazon

Electrohome: Signature Retro HiFi Stereo System

Electrohome Signature Retro HiFi Stereo System - 01

High quality vinyl record, CD and MP3 player with AM/FM radio encased in classic, retro design

  • Perfectly tuned acoustic speaker chambers with four high-performance speakers enhance the sound quality of music
  • Made with real wood and rich walnut finish, amber lighting on the tuning dial and antiqued patina faceplate to personify a truly vintage system
  • Includes USB port and AUX input for any music playing device including iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
  • Built-in MP3 encoder to record MP3’s to any USB storage device without the use of a computer

MSRP: $199.99

  Purchase from Amazon

Kinivo: BTR200 Bluetooth Music Receiver

Kinivo BTR200 hero shot

Music receiver with NFC pairing and Bluetooth makes it easy to add wireless streaming to your music and video systems for a high-quality audio experience

  • Bluetooth enabled with 30 ft. range
  • Selectable switch for analog and digital audio output
  • 3.5mm analog audio port
  • Digital audio port
  • NFC pad for pairing via NFC
  • Micro USB power port
  • Lightweight at only .3 lb

MSRP: $39.99 ($10 off with coupon code 10BTR200)

  Purchase from Amazon

LIBRATONE: ZIPP and ZIPP Mini – Wi-Fi/AirPlay/Bluetooth Multi-Room Wireless Speakers

Libratone Zipp

Scandinavian design combined with great 360-degree sound and multi-room connectivity

  • ZIPP and ZIPP Mini create SoundSpaces, exemplify the “elastic lifestyle” in flexible listening with portable music devices.
  • Uses an “Acoustic Lens” to create room-filling 360-degree sound – even high-quality sound no matter where you are sitting around ZIPP.
  • Connect up to 6 ZIPPs together via Wi-Fi and place them anywhere in any room or can have 3 ZIPPs in two SoundSpaces
  • Can link all speakers across your home or create multiple SoundSpaces in different rooms or use Bluetooth aptX for high quality connection.
  • ZIPP = 100W amplifier / Mini = 60W amplifier + 8-10 Hour Battery in both units
  • If you can stream it- ZIPP can play it! –  Spotify® Connect, Apple Music™, YouTube, TIDAL, etc
  • Available in 4 “unzippable” color fabric covers: Cloudy Grey, Deep Lagoon, Graphite Grey, Victory Red. Extra covers are available in Atlantic Deep, Signal and Sangria

MSRP: ZIPP = $299.99; ZIPP Mini = $249.99; Replacement Covers = $29.99

  Purchase ZIPP from Amazon  Purchase ZIPP & ZIPP Mini from Libratone

Audiofly: Performance Series

Audiofly AF180

Audiophile-grade universal in-ear monitors break boundaries through realistic and accurate sound, classic yet modern style and user friendly design

  • AF120: Hybrid configuration of 9mm dynamic and balanced armature drivers delivers a warm yet crisp response, with a crossover in each ear for seamless collaboration between the two technologies
  • AF140: One dynamic and two balanced armature drivers deliver incredible clarity across the spectrum via one dynamic and two balanced armatures, with a crossover in each ear for seamless collaboration
  • AF160: Three balanced armature drivers work simultaneously to deliver incredible clarity across the frequency spectrum to deliver a spatial separation like no other
  • AF180: Jam-packed with four balanced armature drivers, this powerhouse delivers ultimate detail and expression with a crossover in each ear for seamless collaboration
  • Combination of three sizes of dome silicon tips, tri-flange silicon tips and Comply Premium Earphone tips for noise isolation
  • Available with two CORDURA® fabric cable options: AudioFlex™ SL Cable, a light twisted cable, and AudioFlex CT Cable™ to control calls, volume and playback on iOS devices
  • Stylish canvas wallet for protection and ample storage for spare ear tips and accessories
  • Packaged with a ¼ inch jack adapter, airline adapter and cleaning tool
  • Available in several color options

MSRP: $249 – $650

  Purchase AF120 from Amazon  Purchase AF140 from Amazon  Purchase AF160 from Amazon  Purchase AF180 from Amazon

Audiofly: Premium Series

Audiofly Premium Series

Award-winning earphone series captures the detail in music and performs flawlessly

  • AF33: Custom voiced 9mm dynamic driver delivers detailed sound reproduction across the entire sonic spectrum. Available in Piano Black, Snare White, Kingswood Blue or Coral color options
  • AF45: 11mm dynamic driver yields beautifully balanced bass, round mids and a crisp high end for incredible definition. Available in Wax Black, Bakelite White or Bottle Green color options (read our AF45 review)
  • AF56: delivers uncompromising sound, pumping out astonishing clarity over the sound spectrum with a rich and detailed bottom end via a 13mm driver. Available in Edison Black, Blue Tweed or Vintage White color options (read our AF56 review)
  • AF78: dynamic driver with balanced armature driver delivers incredible separation in the high end with a lush, well-defined response in the mid and low frequencies. Ergonomically designed for a well balance and streamlined fit, comfortable for extended listening. Available in Marque Black (read our AF78 review)
  • Clear-Talk Microphone located on the cable allows users to answer phone calls and change or pause songs
  • Conveniently packaged with three sets of noise isolating silicon ear tips and stylish storage cases. AF56 & 78 come with additional foam ear tips
  • AF45, 56 and 78 designed with proprietary Audioflex braided cable made with a CORDURA fabric outer sheath for outstanding durability

MSRP: $22 – $230

  Purchase AF33 from Amazon  Purchase AF45 from Amazon  Purchase AF56 from Amazon  Purchase AF78 from Amazon

Nyrius: Songo

Nyrius Songo

Bluetooth 4.0 music receiver eliminates wires allowing users to stream music from any smartphone or tablet to any speaker system

  • EDR (enhanced data rate) advanced wireless technology delivers high quality, crystal clear audio up to 33 feet
  • Delivers the fullest frequency range of your favorite tunes without any interference to ensure users hear music the way that the artist intended
  • Connects to any audio/video receivers, speaker docks or stereo systems with a standard 3.5mm auxiliary input
  • Plug the receiver into your music system, wirelessly pair your audio device, and you’re set –  no software or app required
  • Store up to eight paired devices and experience the power of music bringing people together

MSRP: $24.99

  Purchase from Amazon

Griffin Technology: Twenty

Griffin Twenty

A digital audio amplifier – 20 watts per channel – that streams the highest-quality audio via Bluetooth from your phone right to your speakers. Check out our review of the Griffin Twenty.

  • Twenty is a digital amplifier for your speakers that receives Bluetooth or optical audio streaming from your phone, tablet or computer.
  • The Twenty ships with an optical cable and 3.5mm optical adapter, enabling a range of current audio devices: televisions, PCs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, along with all generations of the Airport Express
  • The new Twenty adds Bluetooth functionality, appealing to Android and iOS users looking to stream high quality audio (using the AAC and aptX codecs) from their devices.
  • Features a slick, minimalist design, setting up Twenty is simple, connect your favorite unpowered speakers to it, pair your phone or tablet and hit play
  • Features a 2.1 channel sound system with 20 watts output per channel
  • Also supports a powered subwoofer with an automatic active crossover at 80 Hz

MSRP: $149 (Twenty only) $299 (Twenty + 2 NHT SuperZero monitors) or $599 (Twenty + 2 NHT SuperZero monitors +1 NHT Super 8 subwoofer)

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Griffin

V-Moda: Zn – Limited Edition In-Ear Headphones

V-Moda ZN

Mobile and active headphones for the modern audiophile that offer unmatched sound quality and durability in an elegant Italian design

  • Zinc metal housing (forged by a patented liquid metal casting process) delivers balanced sound and stress free acoustics
  • High resolution audio with an 8mm dynamic driver that boosts tonal accuracy with low distortion
  • The DiamondBack™ cable provides up to 20x stronger than the industry average and reinforced with Kevlar
  • Detachable, patented ActiveFlex sport earhooks for the best fit and stability while running or working out
  • The SpeakEasy Remote Mic is available in 3-Button or 1-Button models enables universal compatibility on all smartphones, tablets, computers and audio players
  • Ships with designed in Italy black carrying pouch and four ergonomic sizes of patented BLISS 3.0 (Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicone) buds for the best fit, stability and sound
  • 60-Day test drive guarantee with two year premier warranty and 50% Immortal Life Program Replacement

MSRP: $180

  Purchase from Amazon

808 Audio: HEX XS

808 Audio XS 3

Bluetooth wireless speaker that features a pocket-size cabinet with a high-end look 

  • Features full stereo sound, an enhanced bass radiator, and 12 hours of rechargeable battery life
  • Precision-tuned stereo system with bass resonator delivers higher volumes and a deeper range for superior sound
  • Single button operation makes it easy to power, pair and play from smartphone or tablet
  • Lightweight, a mere six ounces, fully portable design that fits wherever you go
  • Aux input to enjoy music from wired sources
  • Available in black, blue and white/gold

MSRP: $59.99

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from 808 Audio

A-Audio: Elite HD Earphones

A-Audio Elite

Make a statement with in-ear headphones with a distinctive chrome-plated, bevel-edged design 

  • Black and chrome earphones bring together dramatic aesthetics with high-tech components for great sound
  • High definition, noise-isolating earphones incorporate a dynamic audio system
  • 24k gold plated headphone jack contact allows for optimum signal transfer
  • Built-in mic and remote makes it simple to toggle between listening to music and taking phone calls
  • Comes with travel case

MSRP: $99

  Purchase from Amazon

BRAVEN: Balance

Braven Balance Family

Dynamic ultra-thin design and powerful HD sound perfect for the modern active lifestyle

  • Features BRAVEN Balance, a proprietary bass optimization technology that pumps out deep rich sound
  • Ideal for fitness studios, on-the-court, in the locker room, or on the deck
  • Anti-slip exterior for easy carrying and IPX7 waterproof rating
  • Integrated speakerphone for conference calls and power bank to charge all your devices
  • Available in six lively colors: Raven, Alpine, Raspberry, Electric, Sunset, and Periwinkle

MSRP: $129.99

  Purchase from Amazon

Hercules: WAE Outdoor 04Plus Pack Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Hercules WAE

Ideal Ruggedized Speaker for Extreme Sports – BMX & Skateboarding – read our Hercules WAE review

  • Ruggedized speaker is perfect for BMX and Skateboarding Crowd that use music to pump them up
  • IP66 Certified means it is totally protected against sand, mud and even the finest dust particles as well as high-pressure water jets and snow
  • Features a rugged design, solid rubber end-pieces, protective metal grille, and reinforced access cover for its connectors to ensure excellent shock-resistance, as well as protection against extreme outdoor use conditions
  • Accessories pack includes a bike mount and an exclusive backpack attachment
  • Features a standard-size screw thread, allowing users to attach it to the included accessories or to any other ¼” attachment device
  • Built-in battery provides 12 hours of battery life, while 0.6 lbs. weight makes it easily portable
  • Inspired by skatewear fashion, two new exclusive colors available are charcoal and light camel

MSRP: $89.99

  Purchase from Amazon

Marshall Headphones: Kilburn

Marshall Kilburn

Portable, Bluetooth active stereo speaker takes the unmistakable look and sound of Marshall, unplugs the chords, and takes the show on the road

  • Compact, stout-hearted hero with a well-balanced audio which boasts a clear midrange and extended highs for a sound that is both articulate and pronounced
  • Analogue knobs allow you to fine tune the controls to your personal preferences
  • Guitar-influenced leather strap enables easy and stylish travel
  • Simple amplifier styled construction with classic Marshall logo means it will look as good as it sounds
  • Bluetooth compatibility and the 3.5mm jack input means easy connectivity
  • Built-in battery life of up to 18 hours means the jams will be kicking for as long as you are

MRSP: $300

  Purchase from Amazon

Phiaton: Wireless, Water-Resistant BT 110

Phiaton Wireless BT110

Compact earphones with wireless technology and IPX4 water-resistant design combine durability and outstanding sound

  • Bluetooth 4.0: Experience improved sound quality and extended battery life with Bluetooth 4.0
  • aptX Technology: Increase digital streaming efficiency and improved overall dynamic range
  • In-line Control: Control music and audio without having to find your device
  • RightFit+ Eartips: Multiple size options provide a comfortable fit
  • Multipoint Technology: Connect any two Bluetooth-enabled devices simultaneously
  • ShareMe™ Feature: Connect to the same source as another BT 110 user to synchronize entertainment wirelessly and listen to the same music or movie at the same time

MSRP: $119

  Purchase from Amazon

Stay tuned for even more Holiday Gift Guides here at Techaeris! Up next: Gifts for the fitness fanatic…

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