Cheap Christmas Gifts For The Hi-Fi Enthusiast!
Need a great gift for the Audiophile/Music Lover in your life? Don’t want to spend an arm and a leg? Well, check out our list of 10 Affordable Stocking Stuffer Ideas that will make any hi-fi enthusiast happy!
1. A Mesmerizing Set of Earphones: Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Wireless Earbuds ($79)
The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Wireless Earbuds are a comfortable, well-made set of earphones. The case is super-compact, battery life is long, and most importantly, they probably have the best sound quality of any Wireless Earphone under $100. They have an exciting yet refined sound that makes all your music sound good. Any music lover will be ecstatic to find these in their stocking!
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Wireless Earbuds
$79.95 (On sale as of this writing)SHOP NOW
2. A fun pair of Old Skool Headphones: Koss KPH30iK On-Ear Headphones ($29)
These cheap little headphones have brought a lot of joy to many an audiophile, providing a nice warm, open sound that you can listen to for hours. They’re also lightweight and comfortable, which adds to the cachet. Besides listening to music, I also use them for phone calls and zoom meetings because the mic’s clarity is surprisingly good! This is a nice pick up for the “work from home” crowd, excellent value for $30.
Koss KPH30iK On-Ear Headphones
3. A Pocketable Audiophile Music Player: FiiO M5 Mini Touch Screen HiFi Music Player ($99)
This tiny music player packs a lot into one small chassis. It tells time, counts your steps like a Fitbit, records audio, and of course, it’s an excellent music player. If you buy the watchband accessory, you can even wear it like an Apple Watch! It also works as a headphone amplifier/DAC for your laptop, giving you a much better sound than you would get from the crappy computer headphone jack. This is a great gift for a friend that travels a lot!
FiiO M5 Mini Touch Screen HiFi Music Player
4. A Serious Headphone For A “Not So Serious” Price: GRADO SR80e Prestige Series Open-Back Stereo Headphones ($99)
The Grado SR-80 has been the budget headphone king for many years now, offering great detail in the midrange and treble along with a fast, controlled low-end presence for those who like to rock out. The open-back design, coupled with the long cord, makes these more suited for use at home, but if you want to give someone the taste of what an actual hi-fi headphone sounds like without spending a ton of money, look no further — a great gift for someone who loves speakers, and wants to get started with headphones.
GRADO SR80e Prestige Series Open-Back Stereo Headphones
5. A Handy Headphone Hanger: Brainwavz Hengja – The Desk Headphone Hanger ($15)
Believe me, if you know someone with a big set of headphones on their desk, they will love you for this gift! This hanger lets them keep their headphones out of the way and save room at the same time! This hanger quickly clamps to the side of the desk, and since it’s made of metal, it can hold even the heaviest of headphones. A great gift for the headphone junkie.
Brainwavz Hengja – The Desk Headphone Hanger
6. A Swiss Army Knife for Audiophiles: FiiO BTR3K Hi-Res Bluetooth 5.0 Receiver/Headphone Amp with Dual DAC ($69)
This baby will turn a headphone jack deprived smartphone into a full-fledged high-resolution music player! Just connect to it via Bluetooth, plug-in earphones, and it’s ready to go! It supports CD-quality wireless music transfers if the phone supports it, plus the internal dual DACs will make the music sound really crisp. It can also stream music to a car stereo with an aux jack or plug into a laptop to operate as a USB DAC/Headphone amplifier. This super-affordable device can enhance the sound of music in so many different ways. This is a perfect gift for the road warrior!
FiiO BTR3K Hi-Res Bluetooth 5.0 Receiver/Headphone Amp
7. A Compact Set Of Noise Reducing Earbuds: Etymotic Research ER3XR Extended Response High-Performance In-Ear Earphones ($99)
These featherweight earbuds provide crisp high-fidelity sound and cut out background noise that can interrupt listening sessions. They are documented to provide the highest noise isolation of any earphone on the market. They also come with a large assortment of ear tips to find the best fit and a nice pouch to carry them around in. An excellent choice for that loved one that commutes to work every day.
Etymotic Research ER3XR Extended Response In-Ear Earphones
$99.95 (On Sale As Of This Writing)SHOP NOW
8. A Quick Clean For Vinyl: Boundless Audio Record Cleaner Brush ($16)
Nothing will ruin a vinyl listening session like a dirty record. This inexpensive Record Cleaner Brush improves the vinyl experience in two ways. First, it quickly removes dust and dirt from the record surface, which eliminates a lot of noise during playback. Second, its anti-static properties keep additional dust and dirt from collecting. An essential gift for the Vinyl Lover.
Boundless Audio Record Cleaner Brush
9. A Worthy System Upgrade: Monolith Multi-Strand Conductors Speaker Wire ($39)
Monolith is the high-end audio line created by value electronics chain Monoprice, and their Multi-Strand speaker wire is an affordable system upgrade. The stranded mid/high conductors on the outside of this cable combined with the insulated center bass conductor give your system better tonal balance and detail. The Gold Plated banana plug connectors ensure good electrical contact and make for a quick connection. Great for someone that spends a lot of time in front of the stereo.
Monolith Multi-Strand Conductors Speaker Wire
10. A Digital Audio Upgrade: AudioQuest 1.5 m Pearl USB A-B Cable ($50)
When a computer is used to play audio, a lot can go wrong. Computers aren’t designed to play audiophile quality music, so they need all the help they can get when they’re used as a source. Using a quality USB cable helps to get low-distortion audio by reducing jitter in the digital signal. This is a great gift for a computer/desktop audiophile.
AudioQuest 1.5 m Pearl USB A-B Cable
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I’m an audio writer who started as a young audio salesman/consumer electronics professional back in the late 90s. That’s where I discovered the magic of 2-Channel sound. My thirst for great sound has led me on a delightful music quest that continues today.