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19 Best Gifts for Music Lovers & Audiophiles

Vinyl made a comeback, streaming is everywhere, and kids barely even know what a CD is. So much has changed in the world of music, which is excellent for all of us because it means there’s even more for us to choose from when it comes to presents and gifts. From turntables to headphones to vintage band t-shirts, there’s something for every music-loving gentleman out there. Allow us to run you through some of the greatest hits as we rundown the Man of Many Hot 100. Let’s hit play on our list of the best gifts for the Music Lover in all of us.

Christmas Gift Guide Music Lover Technics SL-1500 Direct Drive Turntable System
Technics SL-1500 Direct Drive Turntable System | Image: Technics

Technics SL-1500 Direct Drive Turntable System

In Partnership with Panasonic

It’s time to hit up the local op-shop or wherever you can find vinyl on sale because once you hear this thing in action, you’ll never want to stream another song again. Lavish high-end audio technology makes this Direct Drive Turntable System the best in its class. You can’t go wrong with the Technics Premium Class SL-1500C.

Pushing out crisply detailed audio with excellent bass, the SL-1500 will revive your dad’s old LP collection for you to enjoy day in and day out. With an included Ortofon 2M RED cartridge and electronic speed control for a fuss-free record experience, Man of Many recommends this bad boy for any music lover this Christmas – AU$1,999

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Roland VAD506 V-Drums Acoustic Design | Image: Roland

Roland VAD506 V-Drums Acoustic Design

In Partnership with Roland

It’s never too late to learn the drums. With the Roland VaD506 V-Drums, there are plenty of reasons to pick up the sticks. If you’re looking for the presence of a full acoustic drum set, but need the convenience of an electric drum kit, this is the solution for you.

The Roland VAD506 5-piece Drum kit features wooden shells that are finished and mounted on double-braced chrome stands. The result is a drum kit that replicates acoustic drums flawlessly. The advanced digital sensor technology and dynamic TD-27 drum module will provide the sound and response, making sure every stroke, roll, and swell is fully acknowledged with intricate detail.

Better yet, the Roland VaD506 V-Drum kit connects the mind and body in ways you might never have imagined. Drumming is a full-body workout that is guaranteed to improve your fine motor skills, finger control, and strength. Playing the drums will help you burn calories and increase heart rate and blood flow. In fact, 30 minutes of drumming uses as many calories as a 20 km bike ride! We know this sounds like a world of entertainment, but you wouldn’t be able to do this without a quality drum kit. The Roland VAD506 V-Drums is the perfect kit for any occasion, with a familiar layout that is sure to inspire drum lovers, both professional and novice. – AU$5,719

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Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones Christmas Gift Guide Music Lover
Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones | Image: Sennheiser

Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Designed to deliver a supremely comfortable for all-day listening, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones feature genuine sheep leather with soft padding on the earpads and headband. Sporting Active Noise Cancellation and a Transparent Hearing, listeners can experience audio on their terms. Block out the world or stay totally aware of your environment. With one-touch voice assistant keeping them connected while on the move, this isn’t your average stocking stuffer – AU$$438.39/ US$399.95

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Small Transparent Speaker | Image: Transparent

Small Transparent Speaker

Transparent Sound, a high-end speaker company out of Stockholm, Sweden, has got the sleekest looking speaker for you this Christmas. Initially realised as a Kickstarter project, the original Big Black Transparent Speaker was much larger than its more minimal younger brother. The ‘seethrough’ speaker boasts twin 3-inch drivers, powered by 15-watt Class D amplification, with ‘True Wireless Pairing’ via Bluetooth for simultaneous playback on two Transparent Speakers – AU$829 / US$1100

Music Genius Playing Cards | Image: Laurence King Publishing

Music Genius Playing Cards

It’s time to add some music to your basic deck of playing cards. Bring Bowie back from space, get Amy Winehouse out of rehab, and pull Jimi Hendrix out of the ground for 52 playing cards featuring illustrations of all the big names in music – AU$15.03

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Christmas Gift Guide Music Lover
Ultimate Ears Boom 3 | Image: Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears Boom 3

Want to keep the party going for as long as possible without access to a powerpoint for charging? Don’t even think about skipping the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 because, in the land of wireless Bluetooth speakers, Ultimate Ears (UE) is king. Fifteen-hour battery life and an extended Bluetooth range of up to 150 feet, nothing stands in the way of the king – AU$269.11 / US$107.51

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AKAI Professional MPK Mini MK3 Christmas Gift Guide Music Lover
AKAI Professional MPK Mini MK3 | Image: AKAI Professional

AKAI Professional MPK Mini MK3

Every one of us has been to a music festival or a DJ set and thought, “I want a go!” Well, now you can start pumping out your own tunes for Aziz Ansari to judge whether or not it is, in fact, a banger. With 8 Backlit Drum Pads, 8 Knobs, and Music Production Software included, the AKAI Professional MPK Mini MK3 is a terrific option for getting into music production this Christmas AU$161.69 / US$119

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Headphone Stand Christmas Gift Guide Music Lover
Headphone Stand | Image: Master & Dynamic

Headphone Stand

Display your headphones in style with this wickedly minimal headphone stand. There’s not much more to say here than it’s available in either silver and black. Maintain organisation on your desk while showing off your favourite pair of cans US$59

Hip Hop Coloring Book | Image: Dokument Press

Hip Hop Coloring Book

You’re never too old to colour in between the lines. From the creative mind of Mark 563, check out the man’s illustrative takes on some of Hip Hop’s most influential figures. Including legendary rappers from the East to the West coast, get ready to colour in from the Golden Era through today’s rap superstars. Sit down, be humble, and colour in – AU$18.84 / US$9.38

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Audioengine A2+ Plus Wireless Speaker Bluetooth Christmas Gift Guide Music Lover
Audioengine A2+ Plus Wireless Speaker Bluetooth | Image: Audioengine

Audioengine A2+ Plus Wireless Speaker Bluetooth

Oh, these are so damn good. It’s no wonder you see them on practically every desktop setup you see floating around on the interwebs. These wireless Bluetooth speakers from Audioengine feature built-in analog power amplifiers, dual analog audio inputs, USB audio input, aptX codec, hand-finished wood cabinets, variable audio output, subwoofer connection, custom aramid fibre woofers, and silk tweeters, plus a power-saving idle mode. Just get them already  – AU$708.76/ US$269

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX Wireless Earbuds
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX Wireless Earbuds | Image: Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX Wireless Earbuds

Now totally resistant to a sweat-filled workout, the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX true wireless earbuds are some of the best on offer from one of the pioneers in audio. Adaptive active noise cancellation and a snug, comfort fit provide the same epic Bang & Olufsen audio experience. These are a great true wireless option. Plus, they are available in 3 lush and matte colours, there’s never been a better time than now to pick these up – AU$700

Fulla Schiit Amp Christmas Gift Guide Music Lover
Fulla Schiit Amp | Image: Schiit

Fulla Schiit Amp

We can confirm these guys aren’t Fulla Schiit. Nay, the audio engineers over at Schiit audio are some of the best out there. Producing quality DACs and Amps for all kinds of music lovers, you really can’t beat the high-fidelity attention to detail the  Fulla Schitt Amp possesses. Perfect for gaming, music, and regular old zoom calls, it’s an incredible option even for casual listeners – US$109

Sony WH-1000XM4 Christmas Gift Guide Music Lover
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Overhead Headphones | Image: Sony

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Overhead Headphones

The latest addition to the award-winning 1000X family offers more intelligent features that let you personalise how you listen to music. By adjusting ambient noise automatically based on your preferences, you can fine-tune everything about how you listen. With a big focus on noise cancellation across the line, Sony equipped each ear cup with not one but two microphones to create Dual Noise Sensor technology. Plus, with Sony’s 360 Reality Audio, it doesn’t get much better than this – AU$531.44 / US$348

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Rode NT-USB-Mini USB Microphone Christmas Gift Guide Music Lover
Rode NT-USB-Mini USB Microphone | Image: Rode

Rode NT-USB-Mini USB Microphone

Honestly, this is something you could find over on the gaming Christmas gift guide these days. With so many people streaming, it makes you wonder what happened to all the singers. Oh, they’re streaming too? Excellent. Well, if you want crisp and clear audio recording without background noise and hiss, then the NT-USB Microphone from RODE is a versatile, side-address microphone that can turn any room into a studio for recording singing and musical performances as well as podcasting or voiceover work – AU$149 / US$134.98

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Alesis Vortex Wireless 2 Keytar Christmas Gift Guide Music Lover
Alesis Vortex Wireless 2 Keytar | Image: Alesis

Alesis Vortex Wireless 2 Keytar

Transport yourself back to a time of 80’s rock-pop bands, long hair, and of course, the Keytar. While this one isn’t from the era, it takes everything great about a keytar and upgrades it. With full MIDI controls, 37 velocity-sensitive keys, and wireless connectivity to your Mac or PC, the Alesis Vortex Wireless 2 Keytar is crazy good – AU$368.74 / US$349

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Vintage-Look Band Tees | Image: Rockabilia

Vintage-Look Band Tees

Rock your favourite band or artist with pride! Check out the selection of Vintage-Look Band Tees from the guys at Jpfrippery. Creating pre-faded vintage clothes of a bygone era, you can flaunt everything from Metallica to Radiohead and, of course, Pink Floyd – AU$50.13

Sonos Move Christmas Gift Guide Music Lover
Sonos Move | Image: Sonos

Sonos Move

This battery-powered portable speaker allows you to stream audio via your Wi-Fi connection at home and Bluetooth when you’re away. Sporting an ultra-durable, weather-resistant construction that is long-lasting, the Sonos Move is the company’s first venture into portable speakers. Responsive, intelligent, and powerful, bring it into your home, sync it with your other Sonos devices, and make it part of the family – AU$549

IsoAcoustics Iso-Puck Isolation Pucks | Image: IsoAcoustics

IsoAcoustics Iso-Puck Isolation Pucks

At first glance, you might not realise what the IsoAcoustics Iso-Puck Isolation Pucks are for. But suppose you’re a sound engineer or recording artist currently sitting in the studio. In that case, you’re looking at all those unstable reference monitors and wondering if there is a better solution than using foam. Well, you’re looking at them – AU$236.81 / US$56.94

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Vinyl Record Coasters
Vinyl Record Coasters | Image: Ebay

Vinyl Record Coasters

Kick back with the classics, and put your cup down on something worthwhile. Toss out those boring coasters, and say hello to vinyl record coasters. This everyday household accessory coasters will hit it big with music lovers. The discs are sealed so moisture won’t seep through to the surface – From AU$15