Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 gadgets and presents for music lovers

The perfect presents that'll give your muso friends a melodic, memorable Yuletide
Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers

Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers

They ensure the Christmas carols are played in lossless WAV format and own Driving Home for Christmas on limited edition tinsel-rimmed vinyl.

So what do you buy for the audiophile that has everything? We've rounded up a selection of Christmas gift ideas for music lovers that'll have them rocking around the Christmas tree.

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Flexson VinylPlay (£330)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers

Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers

Not many people know that it’s possible to hook a turntable up to a Sonos system and have vinyl playing in every room of your house. Well you can. But you can’t use any old turntable; it needs to have a phono stage to provide the necessary power in the absence of a proper amp. Flexson’s VinylPlay has just that built in, plus an analogue-to-digital converter and all the cables required to plumb it into a multiroom system or a pair of powered speakers, so you can be up and running on Christmas morning. Just add records.

Buy the Flexson VinylPlay here

Sonos Play:1 (£150)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers

Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers

Don’t let the Play:1’s diminutive dimensions fool you, it’s actually our favourite of Sonos’s standalone speakers, with a big, poised sound, simple setup and operation, and a hefty build that belies its size. It’s a shame it’s not portable but when it sounds this good it’s impossible to give it grief just for its three-pin plug. Buy two and you can even have stereo sound.

Buy the Sonos Play:1 here 

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Arcam MiniBlink (£90)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers

Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers

With a beard that big it’s pretty obvious Santa Claus was the original audiophile, so he’ll be more than happy to deliver a digital-to-analogue converter on Christmas morning. Especially one with aptX flavour Bluetooth. Plug it into your hi-fi and the music streamed from your phone will sound better than the crackle of bacon cooking on a Sunday morning. It won’t smell as good though. Sorry.

Buy the Arcam MiniBlink here

AiAiAi TMA-1 Stones Throw (€200)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers

Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers

Home to J Dilla, Madlib and other indie hip-hop heavyweights, if any record label deserves its own pair of headphones it’s Stones Throw. These minimalist TMA-1s have the label’s logo embossed on the ear cups and a fetching purple cord, meaning they look as good as they sound, plus the cable comes with an integrated mic and music controls.

Buy the AiAiAi TMA-1 Stones Throw here

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