Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 gadget gift ideas for music lovers

From portable subwoofers to personalised paintings, here's our list of the best presents for audiophiles

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 gadget gift ideas for music lovers

They're the ear-obsessed friend that ensures the Christmas carols are played in lossless WAV format. They own Driving Home for Christmas on limited edition tinsel-rimmed vinyl. They refuse to watch the Queen's speech because it's not broadcast in 7.1.

So, what do you buy for the audiophile that has everything - including a ceaseless taste for only the best? We've rounded up a selection of Christmas gift ideas for music lovers that'll have them rocking around the Christmas tree right through 'til New Year.

Gramofon (€60)

15 best gadget christmas gift ideas for music lovers

Want a Wi-Fi sound-streamer to bring Spotify smarts to your stereo? Look no further. With app-configured functionality and the option to group a few ‘Fons together for a multi-story party, it costs less than a year’s Spotify Premium and even works as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Buy the Gramofon here

Streamy goodness

Flexson VinylPlay (£330)

15 best gadget christmas gift 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.

Helpfully, Flexson’s VinylPlay has just such a stage 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

Minirig subwoofer (£140)

15 best gadget christmas gift ideas for music lovers

Sometimes audiophiles have to leave their haven of hi-fidelity happiness. Reluctantly. When they do, this Minirigs sub is the ultimate in modular hi-fi happiness.

With a 3in long-throw driver and 30W amplifier, this porta-pumper can be used to powerful bass to a Minirig setup or, well, any other speaker system. Best of all, its in-built battery means power-out doesn’t equal party over.

Buy the Minirig Subwoofer here

Tears for fears for hours

Sonos Play:1 (£163)

15 best gadget christmas gift 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 go stereo.

Buy the Sonos Play:1 here

Power of five

Sleephones (£70)

15 best gadget christmas gift ideas for music lovers

Those who eat, sleep, listen and repeat can now cross slumber off that list: what’s better than several hours of shut-eye every night? Several hours of slumber soundtracked by these wireless, fleece ‘phones, of course.

Comfortable to wear and available without wires - helpful for tossy-turny snoozers - whether you choose subliminal learning or The Smiths’ greatest hits, the Sleephones can drown out snores with bluetooth brilliance.

Buy the Sleephones here

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