Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 20 gadget gift ideas for music lovers

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

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.

Born to Run (£10)

Anyone who’s seen Bruce Springsteen live will know his shows can run for well over three hours - so it should come as no surprise that his autobiography is something of a tome.

Despite his aversion to brevity, though, this 529-page tome is a brilliant read. An intimate recollection of his life, from a tough upbringing in New Jersey to his 80s status as a blue-collar American icon, Born To Run gives you the inside track on how Bruce became The Boss. A winning rock bio to rival the likes of Kim Gordon’s Girl In A Band and Keith Richards’ Life.

Buy Born to Run here

Gramofon (€60)

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 it  even works as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Buy the Gramofon here

Amazon Echo (£150)

No doubt you already know that Amazon’s Echo is the speaker you can talk to. Whether you’re itching for some Earth, Wind & Fire, Joni Mitchell or Black Flag, just say the words and this thing will scour Spotify or Amazon Prime Music to deliver the goods - as well as being able to tell you the weather, local train times and ordering you an Uber.

Better still, it actually sounds top notch for the price, bettering many of its more brawny Bluetooth competitors.

Buy the Amazon Echo here

Hello, Alexa

Who Can I Be Now (from £56)

As if anyone needed a reminder of the Thin White Duke’s genius, his so-called American phase has been remastered just in time to make the top of your Xmas list. While repolished editions of Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station to Station and a pair of live albums are all very well, it’s The Gouster that’s sure to draw fans’ attention. A whole new Tony Visconti-produced album that’s been unheard since 1974? We’re sold.

Buy Who Can I Be Now here

Flexson VinylPlay (£250)

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

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