Treat yourself, or a loved one to something special this Christmas: we round up the best gift ideas for music fans and hi-fi enthusiasts, from CD players to wireless speakers

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...

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Headphones

Bowers and Wilkins P7

Five Stars

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.

 

CD player

Naim CD5si 

Five Stars

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.

If you really want to go mad, you could opt for the Roksan Caspian M2, at £1800 it won our Best CD player award in the £1500+ category.

 

Turntable

Rega RP3

Five Stars

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.

 

Hi-Fi amplifier

Naim Nait 5si

Five Stars

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.

 

Stereo speakers

KEF LS50 

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Five Stars

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. 

 

Tannoy Revolution DC6T SE

Five Stars 

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.

 

Wireless speakers

Sonos

Five Stars

From £170

If wired speakers aren't your scene, and you fancy kitting out more than one room, then the Sonos speakers could be the answer.

The Sonos Play:1 lowered the price of the cheapest Sonos speaker to just £170, and with the Sonos Playbar also available, there are all sorts of entry-points in to the world of wireless streaming.

Want a Sonos alternative? Take a look at the Pure Jongo speakers.

 

DAC

Arcam irDAC

Five Stars

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 Premium

£9.99/month

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.

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by  Max Langridge

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