Are you shopping for someone who is really into music, but you’re not sure what to get them? Maybe they listen to music 24/7, or consider themselves to be audio snobs. If you’re afraid of getting the wrong thing, don’t worry. We know exactly what the music junkie and audophile in your life is looking for. Here are the best gifts for music fans.
Radio lovers will get a kick out of SiriusXM Internet Radio, which gives them hundreds of commercial-free radio stations. Subscribers will also get access to On Demand shows, performances, and interviews. There are several subscription options; car-only or mobile/PC-only or an All Access sub that lets you listen everywhere.
Give the gift of ad-free music with Spotify Premium. It’s one of our favorite music-streaming services, thanks to collaborative playlists, early album access, and even select Archie digital comics, among other things. There’s a free, ad-based version, but paying for Premium ditches the ads and allows for offline listening.
If audio quality is the most important thing to your music fan, Tidal offers non-compressed 1411Kbps FLAC audio (Tidal HiFi)
Audio Technica AT-LP60BK Turntable
Many music lovers still subscribe to the notion that records offer superior sound quality. If you know someone with a huge or growing vinyl collection, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60BK turntable, which streams to Bluetooth speakers, is the choice for them.
JBL Charge 4
The JBL Charge 4 is an excellent option for those who want a waterproof, powerful-sounding portable Bluetooth speaker in a moderately sized frame.
Marshall Woburn II Bluetooth Speaker
The Marshall Woburn II Bluetooth speaker is designed to resemble a retro guitar amp, but as a speaker, it delivers rich, powerful audio befitting its size and price.
Edifier Exclaim e10 Computer Speakers
If you’re looking for some simple PC speakers, you can’t go wrong with the Edifier Exclaim e10. High-quality audio at a great price mean they’re one of the best computer speakers out there.
Audioengine 5+ Wireless Computer Speakers
There are many good wireless computer speakers on the market. Your audiophile will love the sound quality and connectivity options.
Google Home Max Smart Speaker
Smart speakers aren’t usually known for their audio quality, but the Google Home Max is the first smart speaker we’ve seen with serious audio performance. If your audiophile is a fan of the Google Assistant, this one’s a no-brainer.
Blue Raspberry USB Microphone
The Blue Raspberry USB microphone offers a clean, DSP-free signal and has a brightness that will appeal to plenty of vocalists. But check out some of our other picks for Best USB Microphones.
Anker Soundcore Flare Portable Speaker
Don’t want a smart speaker? If you’re looking for a great wireless speaker, the Anker Soundcore Flare is a hard one to beat. It’s a powerful portable speaker that puts on a cool LED light show.
HiFiMan Ananda Headphones
The HiFiMan Ananda headphones may come with quite the price tag, but we found they deliver stunning audio performance and provide a superb sense of space and detail. If they’re too pricey, though, there are plenty of other options.
Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones have excellent audio performance, with fantastic bass depth and effective noise cancellation. If you want to drown out noisy office chatter, these headphones could quickly become your favorite piece of office tech.
Blue Ella Headphones
Are you buying for someone who is obsessed with audio quality? If you don’t get what all the noise is about, that’s OK. A lot of it has to do with the scientific engineering of headphones. The Blue Ella headphones use planar magnetic drivers and an internal amplifier to deliver some of the best audio around, making them one of our picks for Best Audiophile Headphones, and an Editors’ Choice.
Jabra Elite Active 65t
The wire-free Jabra Elite Active 65t earphones are built for exercise, with secure-fitting earpieces that deliver powerful bass that can be adjusted to your liking.
Bose SoundSport Free Earphones
The bass-forward Bose SoundSport Free earphones are expensive, but nail the design and operational details right better than any other pair in the growing wire-free category, earning them an Editors’ Choice.
Skullcandy Jib Wireless Earphones
Bluetooth earphones don’t get much more affordable than the Skullcandy Jib Wireless, which packs a strong bass punch for the price. They’re among our picks for the Best Earbuds and Headphones.
Jaybird X4 Earphones
Another great option for active music lovers, the Jaybird X4 focuses on versatility. Not only can these earphones hold up through physical activity, they can also deliver booming bass or balanced audio, depending on your preferences. This is a great choice for runners.
Sonos Beam Soundbar
Soundbars connect to your TV to pump up home theater audio, but they’re also good for listening to favorite tunes. The Sonos Beam packs multi-room, multi-service audio streaming and comes with Amazon Alexa.
Avid Pro Tools Editing Software
If you’re shopping for a musician—or really any audio content creator—chances are they are probably using some kind of editing software. Give them a huge upgrade this holiday season by gifting them with Avid Pro Tools. This is the standard cross-platform solution for professional audio editing work for music, film, games, and broadcast.
Apple Logic Pro X Editing Software
For post-production, film and video game composers, and home-studio musicians alike, Logic Pro X continues to set the bar for pro-level audio editing at a bargain price.