InnerFidelity 2019 Holiday Gift List

Everybody dreads gift giving a bit – it’s too time consuming. The holiday season is already tough enough, but add in being shopping-creative for those you love and suddenly the scarf you knitted, the gift card to Starbucks, or the custom photo fridge magnet all start to look a little dated.

The thing is, that’s just shopping for normal people… what about if you need to find something for the headphone-centric audiophile in your life. Good luck, you hear friends say.

But wait, don’t despair.

Here at InnerFidelity we can help with a few goodies that could put a smile on the face of even the grumpiest personal audio Grinch, all without breaking the bank – the most expensive pick is $295 USD.

Read on.

If you’re seriously into listening to music through your headphones, and seriously into vinyl playback, then, as those cold winter nights continue and static builds up, a Milty Zerostat 3 anti-static gun ($125 USD) will be just the ticket any audiophile worth their LP collection will be wanting to help keep playback silent. I’ve been using one in various guises for more than 10 years to help combat static. Available at NeedleDoctor.

Listening to music on the go means true wireless headphones when you’re cable-averse. One of the best I’ve heard for the money ($99 USD) is the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 IEMs. Featuring a claimed nine-hours of battery life, a wireless charging carrying case good for three separate charges, Bluetooth 5.0, Qualcomm AAC and aptX playback codecs, Graphene 5.8mm dynamic drivers, voice-call capability and active noise cancelling, they also boast IPX5 sweat and water resistance. The Melomania 1 is a stocking-stuffer any audiophile would covet. Available online at AMAZON.

Listening to vinyl means you always want mo’ better vinyl to spin on the platter. Enter one of my favourite book series of all time, The Vinyl Detective, and the long-awaited LP of jazz tracks curated by series author Andrew Cartmel. Featuring classic standards and little-known collector’s finds, The Vinyl Detective LP ($17.99 USD) is pressed on 180g vinyl, mastered and pressed in Holland and limited to just 500 copies. Get yours before they’re gone HERE.

Loving an audiophile means understanding when things cost a little more for achieving the best sound, and after trying out the AIAIAI TMA-2 HD I found them to be not only a head-turner for looks, but a design that’s comfortable with Alcantara-covered ear cushions. The TMA-2 ($295 USD) is light, and offered-up audiophile-quality playback thanks to Neodymium magnets, 40mm biocellulose drivers and 1.5m shielded cabling. With 32-Ohm impedance, and a rated power requirement of just 40mW, they’re easy to drive too. With a plethora of configuration options available when ordering, you can customize them as much as you like. Available from AIAIAI.

If your guy or girl has got a thing for headphones, odds are they’ve got a pair of on-ear or over-ear cans that need a spot to chill when they’re not wearing them. Might as well have a stylish stand for them to hang out on, and this geometric-carved wooden base and iron hanger design from Oakywood is one of the more stylish ones I’ve laid eyes on. $60 USD via Etsy.

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