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Best Gift Ideas for Music Lovers & Stereo Enthusiasts

2010 Edition


This section has gift buying ideas for the stereo or music lover, from affordable to extravagent. Gift ideas include books, stereo accessories, headphones, speakers, receivers and other thoughtful gift ideas. Most items include full reviews and have links to find the best source and prices.

Best Budget Gifts


These gift ideas, all priced under $50, are sure to please any stereo or music lover. Select from headphones, CDs, books, gift certificates for high-definition music downloads, iPod docks, accessories, speaker cables and more.

Gift Ideas You'd Never Think Of

Boston Acoustics

Check out my top pick list of unique stereo gift ideas that you probably haven't thought of. For example, a great-sounding tabletop system with Internet Radio, a USB turntable to convert LPs to CDs, noise-canceling headphones (ideal for travelers), a very cool multiroom music system, a great stereo receiver and one of the most popular universal remote controls. Most include full reviews.

Stereo Receivers


You don't have to spend a fortune for a good stereo receiver. These stereo receivers from Teac, Denon, Harman Kardon, Onkyo, Sherwood, Sony, Yamaha and Outlaw Audio offer good performance and are affordably priced. Receivers are listed as budget priced and mid-priced components.

Stereo Bookshelf Speakers

Bookshelf speakers offer excellent performance in a small footprint and at an affordable price. It's not necessary to spend thousands of dollars on stereo speakers to get good sound quality. They can be placed on a shelf but for the best sound they should be set on speaker stands. All bookshelf speakers featured here include full reviews.

iPod Music Systems & Accessory Gift Ideas

iPods are everywhere. Here are some great ways to enjoy iPod music including portable players, tabletop and music systems each with full reviews. Check out my accessory gift ideas - all thoughtful, 'must-have' accessories for the music lover with a stereo system.

Headphones & Earphones


Headphones and earphones are the perfect gift for the traveler, sports enthusiast and the music lover or audiophile. You'll find the latest models with links for finding the best price and some models have full reviews. 

Gifts for the Serious Audiophile


Coming up with gift ideas for the serious audiophile or music lover can be a challenge. Audiophiles are very fussy about their music systems, but here are a few ideas that will please any audiophile. You'll find books, vinyl records, affordable speakers and more. I own a few of these myself...

My Very Favorite Gift Ideas

I can't choose my gifts, but if I could, here are the top three music gifts I'd like to receive. Here's a hint: My very favorite gift ideas are from Sonos, KEF and Aperion Audio. 

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