It's that time of year where we try to figure out what everyone on our list wants. Audiophiles can be particularly hard to shop for. So, I've compiled a list of items that most audiophiles, both aspiring and old, would appreciate. Grado SR80i ($99.00): These headphones from Brooklyn, NY provide an engaging listening experience. The Grado's were one of my favorite headphones as a young audiophile.
Analog Productions 45 rpm Vinyl reissues ($50): These classics Verve, Blue Note, and Impulse Jazz records have been carefully remastered from the original analog tapes. Many titles available. Getz Gilberto on 45 RPM is my personal top pick!
Caig Labs A/V Cleaner (34.95): This kit inlcudes all the necessary cleaning solutions and applicators to keep your audiophile's system in tip-top shape.
Omega Headphone Stand ($179.00): Sieveking Sound of Germany produces these lovely bent-wood headphone stands. Available in several wood finishes, these handsome stands will help keep your audiophile's headphones nearby and ready for action.
Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers (349.00): An excellent pair of small speakers for the young or budding audiophile. You could even use these in a small office or bedroom.
Audioquest Dragonfly DAC ($250.00): A USB DAC/soundcard for your computer with an 1/8 in output for headphones or connecting directlly to your stereo. With high quality sound and definition, the Dragonfly DAC will be a great present for the audiophile on-the-go, or a new inductee to Hi-Fidelity sound.
Last All-Purpose Record Cleaner ($27.00): The Last record cleaner comes with 2 ounces of cleaner in a drop bottle, along with 2 microfiber brushes. A perfect stocking stuffer that will keep your audiophile tapping his/her feet.
CI Audio VHP-2 headphone amp ($399.00): Maybe the audiophile in your life already has a pair of quality headphones. This amplifier will ensure all the music is extracted and reproduced with clarity, detail, and impact.
Cardas signature RCA caps (59.50/12pack): Jewlery for the Audiophile. Made of nickel and brass, these caps cover unused RCA jacks on audio equipment. A great addition to any high-end stereo, the Cardas caps keep RCA jacks clean and noise free.
Clearaudio Concept Turntable ($1499.00): For the audiophile who loves great design. This turntable from Clearaudio Germany provides excellent sound coupled with a simple yet modern aesthetic. 15% off righ now.
If you are still uncertain what to get the audiophile on your list, I recommend a gift certificate to a local record store. Music is the key indgredient and several online stores provide LP's, CD's, & SACD's; Music Direct, Acoustic Sounds, and The Elusive Disc.
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