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

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

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 (£155)

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 

Arcam MiniBlink (£100)

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

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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