Whoever your dad is, chances are he’s got a set of ears that would stand to benefit from a headphone upgrade.
Whether it’s the latest pair of (surprisingly awesome!) new wireless headphones or one of the sweet little accessories listed here, we can help you find that unusual and useful gift for your dad, or yourself, that he’ll actually want this year. And if you’re still not sure, never fear, we spend a lot of time helping folks find the best audio set up for their needs and preferences. We’re just a click or call away; 800-828-8184 or [email protected].
Sennheiser Momentum & Momentum Over Ear
There’s a reason the Sennheiser Momentum headphones are found on many of our lists. These headphones offer a premium listening experience and are a GREAT value (get ’em while you can folks!). The over-ear Momentum is for the serious listener or audio professional and boasts luxurious details like a molded carrying case and Pittard’s tanned leather pads. Momentum on-ears are an excellent choice for those looking for a slightly more compact headphone with almost all of the stellar sound quality, at a wallet-friendly price.
Jaybird Bluebuds X
It’s not very often tthat we say “wow” about the sound of a wireless headphone (okay, almost never). But the Bluebuds X promised a new wireless listening experience, and they really delivered. The Bluebuds offer convenience and durability in a great sounding package at a very friendly price point. Jaybird is clearly in the headphone game to win, and their line of exercise headphones are some of the best in the industry. So, if you know someone looking to get their sweat on, the Bluebuds X are a’calling.
Westone Adventure Series Alpha
The Westone Alpha Series is a perfect choice for the rugged adventurist in your life. (Or, maybe just for the guy that tends to break stuff.) Either way, Westone’s Alpha Series is built for the long haul with extra tough reflective cabling and water resistant construction. The Alpha’s are also iDevice compatible so you can keep those calls coming in whether you’re on a mountain or the treadmill. Westone’s patented STAR eartip design along with a large variety of included True-Fit foam tips will ensure a secure and comfortable fit with these workhorse in-ear headphones. New lower price: Was $199, now $149.
Phiaton Chord MS530
You may not have heard much about Phiaton’s Chord MS530 headphone, but we’re not sure why. This bluetooth wireless headphone offers a noise cancelling feature and full iDevice compatibility. Expect a pleasantly well balanced sonic signature and very impressive wireless sound quality. If you’re looking for an audiophile’s headphone that doesn’t skimp on modern day bells and whistles, the Chord is an excellent choice, offering the best of both worlds.
Fiio X5 High Resolution Player (DAP)
Fiio certainly doesn’t rest on their laurels when it comes to new product releases; typically the result of continuous improvement and constant innovation. Enter the X5 high resolution digital audio player, doing what many of it’s competitors do at a fraction of the price. Sporting a robust processor, huge storage capacity and acceptance of virtually every file format available, the X5 isn’t just another FOTM*. On top of all this technology lies an attractive and well built device, with touch screen capability and impressive battery life. Seriously, there isn’t much Fiio didn’t think of with it’s new X5, and as a result, the audio enthusiast community has bestowed upon the X5 it’s whole hearted approval.
BOOM Swimmer Wireless Speaker
Now, let’s talk about the (really) fun stuff for a minute… who wouldn’t want one of these? The BOOM Swimmer is a little wireless bluetooth speaker that connects wirelessly to your iDevice. It packs a surprising punch in a small package; we think it sounds great for it’s diminutive size and price! The BOOM Swimmer is also waterproof, as you may have surmised, making it that much more impressive (and great for the boat, too). Pretty much every staff member has picked up one or more of these killer little units, and you should too. It’s a whole ‘lotta fun in a cute little waterproof box.
Now, what are you waiting for? Dad’s ears are waiting for some great new audio goods for his world. (Pssst, hey Dad, if you’re reading this, you better go ahead and bail your kids out [ -AGAIN!-] and get yourself that gift you’ll actually like.)
Not dad? Perhaps that’s your cause for celebration… either way, your world will get just a little bit better with one of these top picks!
*FOTM- Flavor of the Month. Originating in World of Warcraft, this term has also been coined by audio enthusiasts to denote the sudden and drastic rise in popularity of a new product, only to see it’s quick and precipitous decline once the hype has been played out. FOTM phenomena regularly misleads unsuspecting consumers into getting the wrong products and parting them unjustly from the contents in their wallet.