V-Moda's Remix Speaker + Amp
Yes, there are a million Bluetooth speakers on the market but the V-Moda Remix is a step above most of them. This little guy sounds insane and not only does it serve as a wireless speaker but it also has a built in amplifier to power your headphones should you want to go quiet in your office (may we suggest the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless 2s in wired mode). So if you know someone (or are shopping for yourself) that is fussy about sound and needs a new sound companion in their life, look know further. MSRP $299
This latest evolution of V-Moda's Crossfade Wireless model is one the best headphones on the market for under the $400 price point. In fact they are so good that we have chosen them as one of our best headphones of 2017 (shhhh, that's still not officially out yet). The sound in wired mode is certified Hi-Res by the Japan Audio Society and in wireless mode it's almost just as good, enough so that most sound aficionados would have a hard time telling the difference. With lots of colors and customization options plus the fact that they now fold up, this is a sure fire winner for anyone that wears headphones. MSRP $330
If your special someone isn't a fan of on-ear headphones don't worry, V-Moda has you covered with their Forza Metallo Wireless model. These sound great, have fantastic battery life, and are fully customizable like their big brother via various metal tip options. They are on the pricier side for wireless buds but the quality and sound is definitely worth the extra $50 or so. These buds also have wing like attachments that will hold them firmly in place while you workout or make a dash for that train. MSRP $170
Rowkin Micro: True Wireless Earbuds
If you are shopping for a music lover that is also a bit of a tech head, then the Rowkin Micros are a good choice. Rowkin specializes in true wireless buds and have been doing a really good job with growing their line and keeping prices reasonable. Check out the the Surge model which is a little beefier and a great option for workout hounds who need longer battery life. The Micros come with a tiny charging case that will power them back up around 4x and give you about 12 hours worth of music (3 hours at a time). You can also take calls on them and they work with both iOS and Android. Yes, they do compromise a little on sound but that's not why you are getting these, it's all about that pure wireless freedom with these little guys. MSRP $129.00
For shoppers on a bit of a budget that still want to impress the music nerd in their life, there are the Focal Spark Wireless and Focal Spark wired buds. These are incredible sounding earbuds for such a low price point, check our full review here for more details. They come with a flat cable to prevent tangles, have great battery life (wireless), a nice carrying case, and they perform quite well with all genres of music. Focal is famous for their high end speaker systems so it's nice to see they have carried that integrity all the way down the line to their more budget conscious products. MSRP $59.00 (wired) and $89.00 for the wireless model.
Phiaton is not a super well known brand and many consider it to be kind of like a Vizio or similar "off brand" type of brand. This is not necessarily a bad thing and the dirty little secret about the headphone industry is that just about all the brand name headphones come out of the same factories with the same technology most of the time. The big brands just mark it up a lot more and often don't have that much better quality headphones. I've listened to a number of Phiaton headphones over the last couple years and always found them to be really solid. Both the BT 460 and BT 390 are a great gift for a music lover that is more concerned with sound and functionality than brand name. Both of these units deliver great sound and functionality for a great price. They have all the standard features and battery life of headphones that are almost twice as expensive. MSRP BT 460 $175 and BT 390 $79.00