So it’s almost that time again, that’s right, for Christmas 2017! While it may be everyone’s favorite holiday, this Christmas will be a little bit more special for Apple lovers as there are a whole host of new accessories coming out to work with the all new iPhones and Macbooks.
Apple shook up the music industry with their redesigned iPhones which now only feature one single Lightning port. A whole new variety of headphone companies have popped up to take advantage just in time for the holiday shopping season.
So, if you are having difficulty trying to find gift ideas for that friend of yours that is a music lover and uses Apple products, then consider a few of the following ideas:
1. Philips Fidelio Hi-Res Headphones
These things are absolutely perfect gift material. They use a Lightning cable to transmit high fidelity music directly to the earphone units which have built in digital-to-analog-converters and amplifiers to produce a listening experience to rival all other old fashioned earphones your friend may have been using.
The nice things about the Philips cans is that they provide super HD audio quality but won’t absolutely break the bank as they are usually around $2-300, which is usually within the budget of most holiday shoppers. While they aren’t cheap they are definitely a worthy investment for any Apple fanboy or fangirl. If we’ve piqued your interest check out a more in-depth review of the Fidelios from the fine folks at LightningCans here.
2. Audeze Planar Magnetic Headphones
If you like the Philips but have a larger budget (much larger) and/or the person you are shopping for is an absolute audio snob then you can consider the EL-8 Titaniums from reputable headphone maker Audeze. These things definitely are NOT cheap but use a revolutionary tech called “planar magnetic technology” to create a listening experience that is out of this world.
The Audeze take a while to make, and demand is quite high, especially given the stellar reviews, but if you look around online you should be able to find a pair for a reasonable price. For a full low-down on these spectacular headphones check out this cheeky review from audio snob Ken Rockwell here.
3. JBL Reflect Aware Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds
Finally, in case you don’t like things sitting on your ears, we have the JBL Reflect Aware, which are Lightning powered earbuds. The Phiplis Fidelio are fair size, but the Audeze models are just massive. If you are shopping for an active person who likes their music refined but is also out jogging or at the gym 24/7 then these will probably be right up his or her ally since they aren’t nearly as cumbersome as the above mentioned models.
JBL is really out in the foreground here, as companies like Bose have kind of dominated the noise cancelling earbud space for years. So congratulations to JBL for introducing some truly revolutionary tech, which at an affordable price point, which is expected of JBL, is pretty much THE perfect gift for active music lovers. If these are more your fancy you can read more about them form our friends “from down under” (we mean Australia) at EFTM, who composed a dandy little review on these badboys here.
So there you have it, our top picks for Christmas gifts for that difficult to shop for music lover every office seems to have!