What to give a music lover for the new year: an audiophile wishlist


A New Year’s gift for a lover of good music with high-quality sound is both a simple and complex task. On the one hand, a music lover is always in pursuit of clear sound and a reproducible frequency range, on the other hand, it is not at all easy to please a sophisticated listener. Therefore, we have selected 10 devices that have already proven their incomparable quality and will definitely please even the most picky music lovers. Any of them will be a great New Year’s gift for anyone who wants to hear everything, even the most muffled sounds.

  1. Headphones Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7

Among the headphones, perhaps, a rare music lover will not give preference to monitor models. If only because these headphones are specially designed for professional work with sound. They are distinguished by the presence of noise reduction technology, and soft comfortable bowls. The Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 is a portable version of the monitor headphones. They are conveniently foldable, so they are easy to carry and use at any time. The headband is covered with a soft material, and the ear cushions are able to “remember” the shape of the ear, which greatly reduces the likelihood of pressure.

As for the frequency range, here Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 do not let the music lover down 5-40000 Hz, they reproduce without any problems.

Headphones are wired, but the 1.2m wire is detachable. In addition, the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 can be used as a headset since the device has a built-in microphone.

Separately, it is worth noting the neat futuristic design of the headphones, which are made of matte and glossy plastic with a silver trim.

  1. Audio-Technica AT-LP5 turntable

How many music lovers, so many opinions. Everyone prefers their genres and artists, but many agree on one thing — nothing can compare with the sound of a vinyl record. However, many of us long ago gave up vinyl players in favor of first cassettes, then CD-DVDs, and then MP3s and FLACs. But vinyl has gradually returned to fashion and many artists specially release limited editions of their well-known and new albums on vinyl. So it’s time to re-acquire the appropriate technology. The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 is a neatly designed turntable that will look nice in an apartment. A high-quality assembly allows you to get real analog sound, and a minimum of controllers will make it easy to control the device.

Every fan of vinyl sound will definitely appreciate such an original and sincere gift.

  1. Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 speaker system

Enjoying the sounds of music with headphones on the road or at home is, of course, wonderful. But a real music lover always strives to share his favorite tracks with friends. And not just send a message in a messenger or a link to a video, but listen to the audio with a friend, watching his reaction. So you should always have a high-quality speaker at hand. Portable acoustics Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 is a great choice! Compact in size and equipped with a stylish leather strap, this speaker is incredibly convenient — clip it on your bike, on a backpack, or lay it next to you while camping, and it will allow you to immerse yourself in beautiful melodies. Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 is capable of working without recharging the whole day. The column provides a loud and high-quality sound, which analogues can only envy. The case is made of aluminum and plastic, and it also houses the control buttons: power, volume and Bluetooth. Wirelessly, you can sync your Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 with your device and play your favorite tracks. The speaker is available in several stylish colors and makes a great gift.

  1. MP3 player FiiO X1 II

The most notorious music lovers are divided into two camps — those who listen to music from a smartphone and those who prefer the player. Of course, from a smartphone, you can both listen to downloaded tracks and stream them. However, many are in no hurry to give up their players, and it is for such picky listeners that the convenient FiiO X1 II audio player can become a chic gift.

This is a second generation device, a continuation of the X1 series. First of all, I am glad that the player supports Bluetooth headphones, so those who like to listen to music in the gym and while jogging will be satisfied. Built-in memory can be expanded using microSD, and the player supports most common audio formats. The metal case and the presence of the display make the player convenient and reliable, and you can control it using a touch wheel with high sensitivity. Those who prefer to go into details will appreciate the built-in digital-to-analog converter CM5242. The FiiO X1 II is available in a range of stylish colors such as black, silver and rose gold, so there is something for everyone.

  1. Simba Guitar and microphone

We have already noticed that music lovers love not only to enjoy music, but also to infect others with their excitement. That is why we did not disregard the young connoisseurs of musical notation. The best way to teach a child to good music is from childhood, and the Simba microphone and guitar are a great way to do it. This amazing set will make your child feel like a real artist and overcome stage fright. When you sing into the microphone, the sound is heard from a special speaker on the guitar. Lightweight, plastic toys will amuse anyone, we suspect that adults will be interested in them too!

The guitar allows you to develop fine motor skills, and the microphone allows you to really sing. So, if you are looking to cultivate real musical talent, this gift is the perfect choice for a future music lover or artist.

  1. Amplifier Fiio A3 black

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There is also such a category of music lovers for whom just the sound of headphones is not enough, some are really ready to go further in pursuit of sound quality, and if you are one of them, then you will surely be happy to find the Fiio A3 headphone amplifier under the Christmas tree.

Why do we need such a toy? Quite simply, the Fiio A3 extends the high and mid frequencies of the performance through the preamp, and the bass through the amplifier. The difference in sound from the usual is simply indescribable and many tracks really start to sound in a new way, as if you are hearing them for the first time.

The Fiio A3 amplifier itself is a small metal box with control buttons and a volume control wheel. Also on the case there is a micro-USB connector for charging the device and inputs for headphones and line wire.

It is light despite the case made of metal and is reliable. The build quality guarantees a long service life and sound enjoyment for any listener.

  1. Headphones

Perhaps one of the most famous headphone models among hobbyists is the Beats. We have repeatedly met them in the clips of famous artists, we have seen a lot of advertising with the participation of stars. In a word, the Beats remain popular, and for good reason. These headphones really have a deep high-quality sound, while being compact and comfortable. Beats X are wireless headphones that are great for playing sports, listening to music on the road, using them while relaxing or working. In general, they allow you to enjoy sound anytime, anywhere. Convenient design ensures comfortable wearing. Thanks to the convenient wire that connects both “ears”, the headphones will never get lost. Specially shaped ear pads are attached to the ears without causing discomfort. In addition, thanks to the remote control and microphone, they can be used as a headset. Just connect your headphones via Bluetooth to your smartphone and enjoy music or answer calls!

  1. Portable acoustics Marshall Woburn

Portable speakers are great for going out, but a home speaker needs to be truly impressive. And what better way to deliver impressiveness than the illustrious Marshall? The Woburn series of portable speaker systems is the splendor of retro design and chic sound, which can only be compared with live performance. The speaker can be connected to a TV or computer, player or smartphone. But the main thing is that it can easily cope with reproduction at an incredible level. Marshall Woburn is a fairly large device, but will fit into any design — modern or classic. Soft faux leather casing and a special speaker with the world-famous golden logo are able to transmit the track in the best quality.

A real music lover knows what Marshall is, so you definitely won’t go wrong with such a gift.

  1. Zoom H4n Pro Audio Recorder

To truly love music means not only listening to it on playback devices, but also going to concerts and sometimes rehearsals. During live performances, it is often necessary to record this or that track, and of course you can try to record sound on a smartphone in the old fashioned way, but what can we argue — no matter how hard we try, so far the sound recording quality of smartphones is far from perfect. Therefore, an audio recorder will come to the aid of a music lover (with the permission of the artist, of course). And not just a recorder, but the legendary Zoom H4n Pro. The Zoom H4n Pro is an improved version of the company’s beloved model. The built-in X/Y directional microphones provide the highest recording quality and capture surround sound. In addition, it is possible to connect additional microphones to the recorder. You can record audio at the same time as video. The volume of the recorder can withstand up to 140 dB, which means that you will not have any restrictions on genres for recording. Through a linear signal, you can even record the sound from the remote control. In short, Zoom H4n Pro is a real professional device. And if you don’t already have one, you should definitely get one.


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