Does anyone you know obsess over vinyl, collect bootleg live performances of their favorite bands, or spend hundreds of dollars on headphones? Then congratulations, you know a music nerd! They aren’t hard to spot, you’ll find them hanging out in vintage record stores or spending all their disposable income on the perfect sound system.
If they have a birthday, anniversary or other gift-giving occasion coming up, then you’ll want to check out this list of awesome tech gifts any music nerd would die for. Technology and music go hand in hand, so here are lots of gift ideas that will help them enjoy their music to the fullest.
1. Headphones For Audiophiles
Audiophiles are people who are generally obsessed with sound quality. They are the people who stand in line for the latest and greatest sound and speaker technology. Audiophiles will appreciate a great pair of headphones. With headphones, you immerse yourself with the sound so you want it to be clear and balanced. You’ll find a lot of great headphone suggestions on this list by Forbes Magazine.
Considered one of the best sounding headphone brands of all time, Sennheiser is the G.O.A.T when it comes to sound quality. The Sennheiser HD 800 S tops many tech lover’s wishlists. This an over-the-ear headphone set, designed for comfort, they create an inventive soundstage that helps pull you right into the music.
2. Speakers You Can Use In The Shower
Someone that loves music almost certainly sings in the shower. When a set of waterproof shower speakers they can have a whole concert while they shampoo their hair. Bluetooth speakers that are safe for wet conditions can also be taken to the beach or to the pool. Music nerds will want good sound quality though so you can just buy any old cheap shower speaker. For some good-bets, you can check out this list of shower speakers by Erica Young at GiftWits.
One of our favorites is the DuoTen Bluetooth Speaker that can be suctioned right to the wall of your shower and has buttons that allow you to control the volume and skip tracks. Use the Bluetooth to connect to our smartphone that’s a safe distance away from the water and you’ll be bopping to Taylor Swift while you wash your back.
3. Update Your Record Collection With A Bluetooth Turntable
In the era of “digital everything”, you’d think vinyl records would be dying out but they are actually experiencing a bit of a resurgence. According to BBC News, millions of records are still sold each year. They venture to guess that the music-obsessed are looking for a physical object that represents their love of music. Also, some audiophiles really love the sound of vinyl. That means the music lover in your life might enjoy getting a record player as a gift.
The Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable is a nostalgic looking bit of musical bliss. It comes in several colors with an old-school design but with a major tech upgrade. It has a built-in Bluetooth receiver that lets you stream the music produced by the record player wirelessly to a set of speakers. It also has pitch-control to get rid of spikes and pops.
4. Music All Over The House With Amazon Echo Dot
Any music lover on your gift-giving list will surely love to have music travel with them from room to room of their house. You can easily set this up with a series of Amazon Echo Dots. You can instruct your virtual assistant Alexia to play music in certain rooms, the whole house, or continuing playing a song in a new room.
5. A Premium Music Streaming Subscription
If you love music, and just about everyone does, then a streaming service for fresh beats is a must-have. With streaming, you can listen to just about any song you want, any time you want. You can make playlists to suit any situation. They are so popular that you have many to choose from. Most are free for a basic subscription but your music nerd loved one deserves an upgrade to a premium account, don’t you think?
One of the top streaming platforms right now is Spotify. A premium account lets you make unlimited playlists and is commercial-free. Pandora is also a great choice that lets you set up music stations based on artists or songs you like. For music lovers with iPhones, you can check out this list of the best free music apps for iOS from PC Learnings.
6. Live Out Your DJ Fantasies
Caution, this gift is for super serious musical tech geeks only! How about your very own turntable so you can mix it up like your favorite DJs? The Pioneer DJ Controller is an affordable but fully functional mixing board so you can scratch the night away. It’s a great place to start for beginning DJs who want to learn and practice.
7. A Smart Keyboard For Learning The Basics
Speaking of learning new things, how about learning to play the keyboard with this high-tech beauty, The ONE Smart Piano Keyboard. Check it out, this keyboard has keys that light up when it’s time to play them to help you learn new songs. The LED keys make learning fun for kids and adults that love music so much they want to write their own songs or learn to perform their favorites.
8. Apple Logic Pro X Sound Editing Software
For music tech nerds that want to do some sound editing, how about getting them the Logic Pro X software for Macs? It’s super-advanced and yet easy to learn and eventually master. Feel free to get funky and creative with a massive amount of synthesized instruments, effects, and loops. This software is used by hobbyists and professionals alike so you know it’s got chops. Available for purchase through the Apple store website with a solid 4.5-star rating.