Christmas Gift Guide 2013: 9 gift ideas for music fans
If you're after Christmas gift ideas for someone who knows their house from their Housemartins, their AAC from their FLAC, then this is the Christmas Gift Guide you need.
As with our Christmas gift ideas for film fans, we've decided to be free and easy with the budget, picking out some of the best kit around, from headphones to speakers, amplifiers to DACs. Read on for inspiration...
Tested at £330 - Latest Prices
The B&W P7s are one of the best pairs of headphones we've ever had the pleasure of testing. Simple as that. They provide superb sound quality, as well as a comfortable fit and exceptional build. No wonder they won a 2013 award.
Tested at £995 - Latest Prices
OK, so it's on the expensive side for a Christmas gift, but if you want to give your loved one (or yourself) a seriously good piece of kit to play those new (and old) CDs, then the Naim might just be the best bet.
Tested at £550 - Latest Prices
Records more your cup of tea? The Rega RP3 will reproduce them in style. Superb sound and exemplar build quality earned this deck our 2013 product of the year.
Tested at £925 - Latest Prices
That CD player of yours is going to need some amplification, so why not pair it with another fine Naim machine. The Naim Nait 5si builds on the quality of its predecessors to deliver a detailed and dynamic sound.
Tested at £800 - Latest Prices
We loved these speakers, and so did our readers, the KEF LS50s picking up one of our stereo speaker awards as well as the Readers' Award.
We found it hard to fault them – just make sure you partner them with a little care.
Tested at £999 - Latest Prices
If large floorstanders are fo more your style, then the Tannoy's should be on your shortlist. With little to no faults at all, they're comfortably the best floorstanding speakers you can pick up for under a grand.
If wired speakers aren't your scene, and you fancy kitting out more than one room, then the Sonos speakers could be the answer.
Want a Sonos alternative? Take a look at the Pure Jongo speakers.
Tested at £400 - Latest Prices
Without a doubt our favourite DAC for the money, and it could be yours too. The no-hassle straight-out-the-box attitude means you can instantly get up and running and transform the sound of your music.
A fine selection of connectivity options, brilliant build quality and svelte minimalistic styling, makes the rDAC easy to love.
Music subscription service
Spotify is our favourite music streaming service, having won best music app at this year's awards. With the premium subscription you can stream as many songs from the extensive catalogue as you like without worrying about ads.
Top tip? Make sure you select the highest, "extreme quality" audio mode on Spotify mobile.