If you don’t want to risk buying the wrong vinyl, or if they stream all their music, try getting the audiophile in your life some new audio tech this Christmas. From noise-cancelling earbuds to smart speakers, the options for presents are endless, but these are our top picks…
Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Earbuds
Perfect for day-to-day wear commuting, shopping, out for walks, sitting on planes, the Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Earbuds will allow you to block out the world and focus on your favourite music or podcasts. When you’re out and about, you can control the level of noise-cancellation, so you stay aware of your surroundings. It also has up to 8 hours of listening time and an additional 16 hours in their charging case, you’ll never be without music.
Bose Sport Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
From the gym to going from walks, runs and hikes, the Bose Sport Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are a great present for anyone who’s very active. They’re water resistant so whether it’s sweat in the gym or rain on a hike, they’re durable enough to handle it. The StayHear Max eartips ensures a snug fit so they stay in place all day. The earbuds have 5 hours of battery life out of their case, but when you pop them into their case, you’ll get an extra 10 hours of listening time.
Sony SRS-XE200 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Get the party started with the Sony SRS-XE200 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. For those who love to have music on all day, this speaker is ideal as it has an impressive 16 hour battery life. When it starts to run low, you can get an additional 70 minutes of play time from 10 minutes of charge. It’s water, dust, drop, bump and knock resistant so it’s built to last and survive any little accidents. With Party Connect, it can connect to up to 100 compatible speakers. Now for the sound, its Line-Shape Diffuser ensures the sound reaches every corner of the room, while Sony’s X-Balanced speakers and passive radiators give clarity to the sound and a deep bass.
Google Nest Audio with Google Assistant
If you’ve already got a Google Nest Mini, the Google Nest Audio brings bigger and better sound to your home. It seamlessly pairs with your smart devices like phones, doorbells, and light bulbs, just set them up in the Google Home app. While the Google Nest Audio is a great smart assistant for your home by setting timers, reading the news, giving weather updates and more, its audio quality is what really shines. Its woofer, tweeter and tuning software work together to give you a crisp sound with a powerful bass while constantly adapting the sound to your environment.
Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen) Smart Speaker with Alexa
Compact but powerful, the Amazon Echo Dot is a great present for anyone who loves smart tech and gadgets. From playing music and podcasts to getting doorbell alerts, Alexa will quickly become an integral part of the home. If you have a smart thermostat, this Amazon Echo Dot comes with a built-in temperature sensor so it can tell your thermostat to adjust your heating or adjust your heating routine. The Echo Dot pairs up with other Echo and Amazon devices so you can play music throughout your home.