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Whether you’re trying to find a turntable so Mom and Dad can bust out their vintage vinyl collection, or you want to give the gift of great sound to a young music lover or a middle-aged audiophile, it can be tough to find great-sounding gear that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. That’s where we come in. Each year, we spend hundreds of hours listening to the latest and greatest gear around, looking for the elusive products that bring the best possible sound for the money.

These are our favorite gifts for audiophiles and music lovers, from affordable accessories to insane, tube-driven wonders. Looking for other cool audio gear or gift ideas? Be sure to check out our other buying guides, including the Best Cheap Headphones and Gifts for Beer and Wine Lovers.

Updated December 2022: We’ve overhauled this guide with new picks.

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    Beloved Headphones

    Sennheiser HD6XX

    Sennheiser’s HD650 headphones are legendary in audio circles, and for good reason. The open-backed design lets in the sound of the outside world, but that openness creates one of the widest, most balanced soundstages we’ve ever heard from a pair of headphones. It sounds like your favorite band is set up right in front of you. 

    This special-edition version of the HD650 comes in partnership with Drop, with one serious benefit (besides the special blue-black color): They’re way cheaper. Where the normal HD650 retail for north of $300, these can be had for just $200, which is a screaming deal for some of the best headphones you can buy for under $1,000. They’re also super comfortable, making them a top choice for extended listening sessions.

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    Headphone Safety

    Headphone Stand

    The best way to make sure headphones last a long time is to keep them somewhere safe, and that’s why we like this cheap headphone stand. With simple metal construction and rounded hangers for two pairs of over-ears, it’s a great place to admire your listening options, and to keep them safe when they’re not on your noggin.

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    Bring Music Everywhere

    Sonos Roam

    There are many awesome portable Bluetooth speakers, but I prefer the Sonos Roam (9/10, WIRED Recommends) because it works as a normal pair-and-go speaker when I’m out and about, but then it connects to my home Sonos system via Wi-Fi. That means I can easily stream Spotify, Apple Music, and other apps via the Sonos app at home, then use it as a standard Bluetooth speaker when I head out. It doesn’t hurt that the triangular speaker sounds very good for the size, or that it’s built to fit nearly perfectly in a car’s cupholder.