[Updated] 2017 Best Gift Guide Headphones, Other Tech

2017 Best Gift Guide Headphones

The holidays are here! With Black Friday behind us and Christmas and Hanukkah and rearing their festive heads around the corner. So we want to make sure you are armed and ready to get that audiophile in your life the best possible gift within your means. “2017 Best Gift Guide Headphones, Other Tech.” Check back as this article will be updated with new price points and deals.

2017 Best Gift Guide Headphones, Other Tech – Under $100

MEE Audio KidJamz $12.99
Wired headphone in durable condition. Designed for safe listening, features built-in 85dB SPL volume limiter. Amazon

MindKoo Unicat Headphones $35.99
This one’s for the kids. Fun, cat-ear headphones with easy controls and a 5-hour battery life. Available in a variety of colors. Amazon

Final Audio E2000 $44.90
Japanese-made slender, lightweight earbuds with reference-style sound signature consisting of a flat frequency response and wide soundstage. Audio46, Amazon

Shure SE215 $89.99
over-ear-hook style MMCX-connection IEM. Built with dynamic microdriver tuned to deliver an enhanced low-end. Includes memory foam tips. Audio46, Amazon

JBL E45BT $99
Light, portable, on-ear, wireless headphone sporting a 16-hour battery life in a variety of fun colors. Audio46, Amazon

JBL Flip 4 Speaker $99
Portable, waterproof (IPX7), cyclindrical-shaped speaker with a 12-hour battery life. Audio46, Amazon

JBL Reflect Mini BT $64.99-99.99
Lightweight, reflective, sweat resistant, fitness earbuds with secure lock earfins and an 8-hour battery life. Audio46, Amazon

AudioQuest DragonFly Black $99
Thumb-drive sized, USB DAC-preamp-amp designed to provide cleaner sound using an output power of 1.5V. Audio46, Amazon

Sennheiser HD 1 Momentum in-ears $99
In-ear buds marked by the signature sound of Sennheiser, detailed with a slight boost in the low end. Audio46, Amazon

FiiO F9 Triple Driver $99
Over-ear hook style in-ear monitor with three drivers (2 balanced armatures, 1 – 9.2 mm dynamic driver) equipped with an MMCX connection Audio46, Amazon

FiiO Q1 Mark II $99
DAC-amp combo specifically designed for the iPhone (MFi certified). Features dual headphone outputs (3.5mm standard and 2.5mm balanced), 20-hour battery life, and cellphone-like frame. Audio46, Amazon

Grado SR80e $99.99
Affordable, hand-crafted open-back headphone for the beginner audiophile. No amp necessary. This reference headphone presents a wide soundstage and rich mid-range. Audio46,

Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro $99.99
On-ear wired headphone designed for mobile and studio use. Presents a vast soundstage with rich bass in a durable frame. Audio46, Amazon

Audio Technica ATH-E40 $99.99
Over-ear-hook style IEMs that utilize dual phase push pull drivers for a powerful low end and balanced mids and highs. Audio46, Amazon

Sennheiser GSP 300 Gaming headphone $78.99-99.95
Closed-back headset with broadcast quality noise-cancelling ready for use with Mac, PC, Tablet, Mobile devices, X Box One, and PS4. Audio46, Amazon

2017 Best Gift Guide Headphones, Other Tech – Under $200

Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless $129.99
Modeled after its successful predecessor the Hesh 2. The new iteration is marked by a slimmer, collapsible frame with a more accurate sound signature with a heavy bass line. Sports a 22-hour battery life. Audio46, Amazon

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT $149.99
Portable over-ear headphone with well-cushioned ear-cups and a solid seal against ambient noise. Frame is slender and lightweight. Marked by the signature Sennheiser sound – detailed with an emphasized low-end. Detachable cable and pouch included. 25-hour battery life. Includes Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC for pairing. AptX equipped. Audio46, Amazon

Skullcandy Crusher Wireless $199.99
This wireless headphone takes bass to the next level. Perfect for bass-heads who want to literally FEEL the bass as the headphone vibrates with every bass line. Features a 22-hour battery life. Audio46, Amazon

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC $199.99
Similar to the aforementioned can but equipped with active noise cancelling. Sports a 19-hour run time with Bluetooth and ANC. Up to 25 hours using only Bluetooth. Audio46, Amazon

Sennheiser HD1 Free Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear $199.99
Modeled after the HD 1 Momentum in-ear headphones the HD 1 Free is a wireless design consisting of a thin cable running between the two earbud housings.
It delivers the rich sound signature of Sennheiser with a warm low end. Supports a 10-hour battery life. Audio46,

Sennheiser HD1 Wireless Neckband $199.99
This headphone is designed to function like the HD 1 Free but adds a neckband that vibrates when you receive notifications. Audio46, Amazon

Audio Technica ATH-LS70iS $129.99
The LS stands for “live sound” and these earbuds supply just that. Expect to hear an exceptionally wide sound stage (especially for the price) with a deep and driving bass line. Audio 46

ATH-M50x $149
Popular headphone from Audio Technica. Studio mixing and mastering headphone known for its warm sound signature. Includes pouch, quarter inch adapter, and 3 different cables.

JBL Charge 3 $149.99
Powerful portable speaker slightly larger than the Flip 4. It is water resistant and can play in sync with another Connect-enabled speaker. Features a USB charging port under the rubber water seal and provides musical playback for up to 20 hours. Audio46, Amazon

AirPods $159
Truly wireless earbuds for the Apple snob in your life. They support a 5-hour battery life and posses sensors that turn your music on and off when the buds are placed in and removed from your ears. Apple

ATH-M50xRD $169.99
Red and gold limited edition version of the ATH-M50X. Same in build and quality, now available in crimson and gold. Audio46, Amazon

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 ohm $179.99
Balanced, closed-back headphone with a slight shimmer in the highs. Used for mixing and mastering in the studio.

AudioQuest DragonFly Red $199
Flash drive-sized DAC-amp with 2V of power. Do need to charge. Plug headphone into DAC-amp and your source of music on the other end and you’re ready to go. Lightweight, simple, and easy to use. Will need to buy separate USB-enabled OTG cable separately. Audio46, Amazon

V-Moda Crossfade M-80 $149.99
Slender, on-ear headphone coveted for its balanced sound signature and easy portability. Famous for its use by DJs around the work, V-Moda is great for the commuting disc jockey in your life. Audio46, Amazon

iFi Nano iOne $199.99
Small, lightweight, portable DAC with Bluetooth streaming capability. Built with RCA output, SPDIF in/out, and USB input. Has the capability to connect to smart devices, TVs, gaming consoles, and more. Silver in color.Audio46, Amazon

iFi Black Label Portable $199
A powerful, portable DAC-amp from iFi that is Hi-Res certified. It’s modeled after the renowned iFi Black Label which allows for customization by the user. This little guy allows for a little of the same with a single filter for measure or listen. It runs smooth and effortlessly drives high-profile cans. Audio46, Amazon

MEE Audio Pinnacle P1 $179.99-199.99
This baby is like its name, the Pinnacle. It’s a beautiful zinc alloy earbud built with an MMCX connection. It offers a sweet, thumping bass line for an overall warm delivery. To note, these buds are fit with Comply tips which you can buy separately if you lose a pair. Audio46, Amazon

2017 Best Gift Guide Headphones, Other Tech – Under $350

Sennheiser HD 1 Momentum 2 Over-Ear Wired $319-349
These headphones are a flagship from Sennheiser. Their over-ear HD1 wired provides high resolution balanced audio with a bit of oomph in the bass. The headphone includes a 2-year manufacturer warranty. Audio46, Amazon

Sennheiser HD 600 $288
Balanced, open-back headphone from Sennheiser. Relaxed and cushioned fit. Perfect for mixing and matching. The price is at an all time low so grab them while they’re hot! Audio46, Amazon

Sennheiser HD 650 $315
Built like the aforementioned, but opts for more warmth in the bass and detachable cables. Quick tip, most HD650 owners are obsessed with these headphones so you’re giftee will probabl join the cult following soon enough. Audio46, Amazon

2017 Best Gift Guide Headphones, Other Tech – Money is No Object

Audeze LCD-MX4 $2,995
This special release headphone is modeled after the highly-praised Audeze LCD-4, but it is 30 percent lighter and drives at an impedance 20 ohms. It is basically a “portable” open-back headphone for that audiophile who can’t sit still. Audio46, Amazon

Audeze LCDi4 $2995
Modeled after the acclaimed Audeze LCD-4, this planar earphone is made with the most premium quality. It exhibits pristine, clean, and crisp sound with a bass response flat from 900Hz down to 5Hz with a wide soundstage. It’s also got a beautiful frame featuring a magnesium frame against a gold grill. Audio46

Audeze iSine 20 $549.99 (3.5mm), $599.99 (Lightning)
Open-back, planar earphones designed to deliver clear and balanced sound. Also features a wide soundstage in a portable frame. Audio46 (3.5mm), Amazon (3.5mm), Amazon (Lightning)

Sennheiser IE 800 S $999
The impressive IE 800 headphone has been revamped to provide listeners with crisp and clear sound in a better fitting frame. Audio46, Amazon

Sennheiser HD 800 S $1699.95
Over-ear, open-back, lightweight headphones for use with a DAC-Amp. Overall, smooth and balanced response. Audio46, Amazon

Sennheiser HDV 820 $2399.95
Amplifier specially designed to complete the perfect Sennheiser set-up. Delivers the best in acoustic performance when paired with high-end audiophile headphones, like the aforementioned Sennheiser HD 800 S. Audio46, Amazon

Beyerdynamic Xelento $899
Literally a piece of jewelry that plays music as beautifully as it looks. Fit with Tesla technology, the silver-plated earbuds with matching cable provide a balanced sound signature with an extended bass response. Audio46, Amazon

Shure SE 846 $999
In-ear monitors fit with four high-definition microdrivers for a sound signature with a bass-tuned low-end. Fun to listen to. Built with an MMCX design. Cable is detachable. Audio46Amazon

Westone W60 $999
In-ear monitor fit with 6 balanced armature drivers. Delivers clean, cut, reference sound. MMCX-based. Includes audio cable, cable with an in-line mic, tips, and a hard-grade carry case. Audio46, Amazon

Westone W80 $1499
You said “money is no object” so opt for this IEM with a whopping 8 drivers. Super balanced, crisp, detailed, and clean. Audio46, Amazon

Focal Utopia $3999
Open-back headphone designed to reach a frequency response from 5Hz to 50kHz with ease. It features angled drivers to better transmit the sound to your ear with precision and clarity while providing a rich and full sound. Audio46

Focal Clear $1499
A step above Focal Elear, Clear is an open-back headphone that builds upon the supreme design of Focal Elear, while reaching more depth and richness of sound. Audio46, Amazon

Chord Mojo $529
This little unit drives the most prestigious of headphones with ease. Mojo operates via a microUSB to USB-based connection and can connect up to 2 headphones at a time. Simple, one of the best DAC-amp combos on the market. Audio46, Amazon

iFi Black Label $549
This unit delivers top of the line sound, as clean as Chord Mojo, but iFi differs in size and customizability. iFi connects via a variety of different ports (USB, balanced out, RCA) while offering a slew of different options to adjust the sound (Xbass, 3D sound, polarity, etc.) for the tinkering audiophile. Audio46, Amazon

FiiO X7 Mark II Hi-Res Player $649
High-resolution player. Features a balanced out and two external memory slots for microSDs up to 256 GB. Holds a 10 hour battery life. Features Bluetooth and WiFi. Supports the following formats: FLAC,WAV,DSD,AAC,AIFF,WMA,ALAC,MP3,APE,OGG
Audio46, Amazon

Astell&Kern AK70 Mark II $699
High-definition player built with Cirrus Logic chipset which aids in easy processing of all your files. Plays any resolution of files up to 24-bit/192 kHz. Features both Bluetooth and WiFi. Audio46, Amazon

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