Is Dad a music lover/Audiophile? Is he still listening to his tunes on a beat-up old hi-fi stereo system or headphones purchased before you were born? Well, Father’s Day is the perfect time to upgrade his rig! Check out our list of awesome last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas! Forget about the Tie…this stuff will definitely put a smile on his face!
Q Acoustics 3030i
The $399 Q Acoustics 3030i Bookshelf Speaker is one of the best values in hi-fi today, combining equal parts refinement and drive. For the Dads who like Jazz just as much as a rock tune, these speakers will provide a lot of joy, for not a whole lot of money.
SVS Prime Wireless Speaker System
The SVS Prime Wireless Powered Speaker System was the All-In-One system that impressed us most this year due to its crazy value for the money. It only costs $599, and for that meager amount, you get two gloss finish bookshelf speakers, 200 watts of amplification, a ton of inputs/outputs, and a DTS Play-Fi streamer. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to put together a separates system of this quality for the price. If you’re looking for a simple hi-fi solution on a budget, check these out!
Denon has made some great budget integrated amps recently, and the $399 Denon PMA-600NE may be one of their best ever. This high-current amp is a powerhouse, capable of 70w into 4 ohms, and it can play music from just about any source right out of the box. That includes vinyl since it has a built-in MM phono pre-amp, and it even plays music wirelessly from your smartphone via Bluetooth. It’s a steal for the price.
Pro-Ject T1 Turntable
We love this easy to use, excellent sounding budget turntable. The $329 Pro-Ject T1 Turntable is designed to be plug and play and will have you up and running in minutes. Just pop the belt on and you’re ready to listen. If your dad needs a simple turntable refresh, this slick player (check out the glass platter!) will fit the bill! The $329 version has no phono-pre amp, but for a little more cash, you can get a version with the pre-amp, or one with Bluetooth!
Bluesound Node 2i
The $549 Bluesound Node 2i Wireless Multi-Room Hi-Res Music Streaming Player is a steal. For around $500, you get a great sounding music streamer that will connect to just about any music service out there, stream Hi-Res files from your network drive, or play them from a hard drive connected directly to its USB port. It also has a lot of audiophile-centric features like compatibility with Roon music software to manage your music collection, MQA compatibility, and Burr-Brown DAC to give you great sound from the RCA out and Headphone out.
iFi Zen DAC
Budget Desktop Headphone DAC/AMPs like the $129 iFi ZEN DAC are a cost-effective way to create a personal hi-fi system in your workspace. Pair it with a quality pair of headphones, and you will be in audio nirvana. This one also has MQA decoding and a high-quality bass-enhancement feature that boosts the bass without muddying up the midrange. It is a steal at the current price of $130. Dad will really love you for this one!
AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt
The AudioQuest Dragonfly is the gold standard for portable headphone DAC/Amps, and the new $399 Dragonfly Cobalt is the most potent Dragonfly ever made. It will power just about every full-size headphone out there, so Dad can take this to work along with his favorite pair of audiophile headphones and have his own private hi-fi system! Uses a top of the line ESS digital to analog converter chip for clear, dynamic sound!
Meze 99 Classics
The $309 Meze 99 Classics Headphones (On Sale) are more like a work of art than a pair of headphones. Pictures don’t do them justice. They have hand-finished wood cups, high-quality PU Leather, and beautiful gold accents. The comfortable headband and earpads add to the luxurious feel. All that wouldn’t mean much if they didn’t sound right, and believe me, they do!! These headphones have received more rewards than you can count for their warm yet refined sound. They make any music you play sound good!
Bowers & Wilkins PX7
If Dad is looking for a spectacular pair of active noise-canceling headphones at a fantastic price, then the search should stop right here. The $349 Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Bluetooth Headphones (On Sale!) have best in class sound, better than models from Bose or Sony, along with highly effective noise canceling. Some say better than Bose!
We love the $359 SIMGOT EK3 in-Ear Monitor Headphones (On Sale w/ $35 Coupon)! They have three top of the line BA drivers from Knowles built into each earpiece, which gives the sound a depth you won’t get from cheaper IEMs.The soundstage and air between instruments are comparable to full-size headphones! Not only that, but the EK3 also has little tiny switches built into them so Dad can tweak the sound to his preference. He can add more Bass or more Treble, so it’s like having several different earphones in one.
Bonus: FiiO M11
The $399 FiiO M11 Android High Resolution Lossless Music Player is an excellent digital audio player at an excellent price! It has aptX HD and LDAC HiFi Bluetooth codecs, a USB Audio/DAC, DSD256 Support plus WiFi. It also has a crisp Full Touch Screen for beautiful album art! Dad will love it!
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