Dads. Some of us have them. Some of us love them. Some of us are irreparably damaged by their dysfunctional parenting styles. With father’s day is on the horizon, we’ve put together a list of the best gift ideas for dads who dig headphones and audio gadgets.
JBL Vibe Buds ($49)
You’ve talked about going Bluetooth for a while, but daddy just can’t take the plunge. Enough. Liberate your father from the hassle of cords with the super easy JBL Vibe Buds. These sleek and solidly built earphones not only offer idiot-proof pairing but also provide a crowd-pleasing sound signature. With rich bass, clear mids, and smooth highs, they can handle any musical genre with finesse. Give your dad the gift of Bluetooth technology and let him embrace the wireless revolution. Just remember to keep the receipt handy in case he shuts you down.
FiiO KA1 ($49)
For dads who already have their favorite pair of headphones or earbuds, the FiiO KA1 DAC/amp dongle is the perfect companion. This compact device enhances clarity, widens the soundstage, and elevates the overall listening experience. Especially for dads who enjoy music on their phones, the KA1 is a fantastic choice for bringing top-notch sound on the go.
Grado SR60x ($99)
When it comes to timeless design and exquisite sound, Grado headphones never disappoint. The SR60x, Grado’s entry-level model, offers precise, detailed sound reproduction and a retro handmade charm. With their ability to excel in acoustic genres like jazz, classical, and folk, these headphones are an essential addition to any audiophile’s collection. Treat your dad to a dose of sonic excellence with the SR60x.
Final Audio ZE3000 ($149)
If your dad appreciates premium audio, Final Audio’s ZE3000 wireless earbuds will impress. Despite their elegant simplicity, these earphones deliver audiophile-class sound quality. With beautifully balanced tuning, rich bass, clean and detailed mids, and sparkling highs, the ZE3000 offers a highly versatile sound signature that suits a wide range of music genres. Upgrade your dad’s listening pleasure with a budget-friendly winner from this high-end brand.
iFi GO blu ($199)
The iFi GO blu is a portable DAC/amp that takes your dad’s audio experience to the next level. With improved resolution, expanded soundstage, and enhanced musicality, this cute yet powerful device complements your dad’s IEMs or headphones. Offering both Bluetooth and wired connectivity options, it ensures high-quality audio from various sources. When you choose a reputable brand like iFi, you know you’re getting a well-built product that delivers on its promises.
Grado GW100x Wireless ($275)
Combine old-school charm with modern convenience by gifting your dad the Grado GW100x wireless headphones. These headphones provide the renowned Grado transparency and attention to detail without the hassle of wires. With exceptional clarity and precision, your dad can immerse himself in a world of sonic excellence while enjoying the convenience of wireless listening. It’s a perfect choice for dads who appreciate both style and substance.
Meze 99 Classics ($309)
Crafted with luxurious materials and exuding elegance, the Meze 99 Classics headphones are a gift that combines style and inarguably solid sound. These headphones provide a rich, warm, and detailed sound signature that suits a wide range of music genres. Comfort is another key aspect that sets the Meze 99 Classics apart, thanks to their ergonomic design and plush ear cushions. Let your dad revel in the finer things in life with these sweet sounding premium wood cans.
FiiO R7 ($699)
The FiiO R7 is the ultimate all-in-one solution for your dad’s desktop audio setup. With its versatile functionality as a DAP, streamer, headphone amp, and DAC, the R7 delivers a super smooth Android user interface and a wide range of input and output options. It’s the pinnacle of functional audio gear, providing your dad with the most comprehensive and high-quality audio experience. FiiO has perfected this device at a price that no other brand can match.
$1000 and Up
Campfire Audio Andromeda (Emerald Sea) ($1450)
The Campfire Andromeda, now also known as the Emerald Sea, is a true audiophile treasure. These IEMs are unmatched in their performance for the price, offering a massive soundstage, rich warmth, and energetic drive. The Andromeda delivers an unparalleled eargasmic pleasure that opens up a whole universe of sonic bliss. Gift your dad this extraordinary listening experience, and he’ll be forever grateful. Too much? Let’s just say that the the Campfire Andromeda is to audiophiles what Macallan 25 is to alcoholics. A real treat that your dad will never put down.
Astell & Kern A&ultima SP3000 ($3690)
When it comes to top-notch craftsmanship and attention to detail, Astell & Kern is unrivaled. The A&ultima SP3000 is a true audiophile’s dream, making it the ultimate gift for your deserving dad. With its vast soundstage, impeccable imaging, immaculate layering, and captivating airiness, this digital audio player produces a sound quality that sets it apart from any other player on the market. The SP3000 is the DAP that everyone desires but only a few can afford. If you don’t buy it for your dad, your richer, better-looking sister might beat you to it.