It’s that time of year again. Santa’s elves are busy putting together headphones and amplifiers for all the audiophiles who have been good this year. We’ve put together a list of our favorite audio toys in every price range. We would be thrilled to receive any of these products for Christmas. So, we guarantee that all the models listed will make your loved-one shriek with joy. Let’s look at the Best Christmas Gifts for Audiophiles 2022.
T+A Solitaire T
As far as wireless headphones go, it doesn’t get any more luxurious than the T+A Solitaire T. Although the brand is most widely known for their high-end audio systems and speakers, they also make a hell of a headphone. And the company just released their first Bluetooth model, which offers the most precise, natural and musical sound on the wireless market to date. Equipped with active noise-cancellation, these headphones are the perfect gift for audiophiles who travel often but don’t want to compromise on sound quality.
Astell&Kern KANN MAX
It doesn’t matter what kind of audiophile they are. We guarantee that your favorite audio-geek will appreciate any product from Astell&Kern. The brand is synonymous with high-end digital audio music players. And the KANN MAX is one of A&K’s best selling models. If your loved-one walks around town with 1k headphones on their ears, this is the player to get. Small, yet powerful, the KANN MAX player can drive just about any headphone, big or small. And it’s got a ton of storage, allowing you to walk around with an entire music library in your pocket.
Campfire Andromeda 2020
Think of The Godfather. Think of Moet Chandon. Think of The White Album. Yep. For hi-fi enthusiasts, the Campfire Andromeda is that kind of classic. Regardless of how snobby your favorite audiophile is, they will never snub their nose at this gorgeous sounding, shiny green pair of IEMs. With a tight and punchy bass, full midrange and sparkly highs, the Andromeda performs incredibly, not matter the genre of music. And without a doubt, it’s the best IEM on the market at this price point.
Chord Mojo 2 Dac/Amp
The Chord Mojo 2 is one of the best-selling portable DACs (digital to analogue converter) on the market. The Mojo 2 is not only incredibly powerful for such a small device, it also produces a warmth and smoothness that is hard to resist, no matter what your musical tastes might be. Regardless of whether your music-enthusiast listens to IEMs or large, power-hungry over-ear cans, the Mojo 2 will elevate their sound to a whole new level.
FiiO is famous for delivering high-performance sound in an affordable package. The FiiO M11S may not have the prestige of an Astell&Kern player, but this DAC certainly performs at a level that can be appreciated by even the most discerning of audiophiles. The M11S is the company’s latest release and has been proven to be one of the best-selling players on the market this year. Offering a massive soundstage, incredible accuracy and lively high frequencies, the M11S makes for a thoroughly engaging listen.
The Grado GW100x is such a unique headphone that we just had to include it in this list. This boutique Brooklyn brand is famous for producing retro-style open-back cans with incredibly accurate, natural sound and a spacious soundstage. This year, they’ve released their coolest headphone to date: a high-fidelity Bluetooth model (far better than the first version) that unites the old with the new to produce one of the best wireless sounds on the market at this price point. If your honey has a mustache, lives for jazz, or is just an all-around contrarian, they will certainly fall for this classy, yet off-the-beaten-path headphone.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
The Momentum True Wireless 3 is hands-down the best true wireless model available on the market under $200. Delivering a warm, full bodied feel, with a punchy bass and detailed highs, the Momentum True Wireless 3 delivers a sound that charms the ear, regardless on one’s musical tastes. It also come with powerful ANC technology and a host of features and app functionality. Finally, as with all Sennheiser products, the Momentum True Wireless 3 comes with a 2 year international warranty, making it a truly reliable Christmas gift.
iFi Go blu DAC/Amp
If your baby-cakes appreciates cute gadgets, it doesn’t get any cuter than the iFi Go blu. This wireless DAC supports all important high-resolution Bluetooth codecs, while boosting soundstage and adding a dynamic, lively flavor to the entire sound signature. Whether your audiophile uses IEMs or more power hungry over-ear headphones, the iFi Go blue will supercharge their listening experience for whenever they are on-the-go.
FiiO KA1 USB DAC/Amp
If you’re on a budget, the FiiO KA1 is a fantastic way to upgrade the sound of your audiophile’s music for an affordable price. Equipped with a lightning or USB-C connection, the KA1 connects right to your phone. Hook up the headphones to the other side of the device and you immediately have high resolution sound that’s capable of supporting up to 32bit/384kHz and even MQA files. Perfect for audiophiles who demand high fidelity sound on the go.
Final Audio E3000
Final Audio produces some of the priciest high-end headphones on the market. But the brand also delivers great sound to audiophiles on a budget. And the E3000 is a famous example. With a balanced sound signature that works great across all music genres, the super detailed and fast E3000 can compete with earphones that are twice the price. The elegant design and comfortable fit are also a plus.
Strauss&Wagner SI201 and EM8C
SI201 Price: $39
EM8C Price: $44
It’s really tough to find audiophile-grade sound for under 50 bucks. But the unassuming Strauss&Wagner brand seem to have found their niche in this price range. For those looking for a high-fidelity alternative to the ol’ Apple EarPods, the SI201 is a solid buy. Warm and punchy bass frequencies characterize this fun sound, making them perfect for modern genres in particular. The company also makes a version for Androids/USB-C, the EM8C.
Strauss&Wagner also makes decent wireless earbuds. The TW401 are pretty no-frills in terms of features, but the sound is pretty great for the price. With a warm low-end and really full midrange, the TW401 are a highly enjoyable listen. The fit is super comfortable too.
You can buy the Strauss&Wagner TW401 at Audio 46.