2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide


Father's Day is coming up fast!

At Stereo Exchange, nothing says "I love you, Pop" better than a sweet set of headphones or a quality turntable. That's why we've put together a list of the hottest Father's Day gifts.

Whether your Dad loves music, movies, or both, you're sure to find something here that will remind him why you're his favorite kid.


AudioQuest DragonFly

AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC – $149

Does your Dad listen to a ton of music on his Macbook or desktop computer? Make every song he plays sound better with the AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC.

Simple to setup and as easy to install, the DragonFly is compact and portable, with phenomenal sound. Thad Aerts of Hifi Zine called the DragonFly "an absolute no-brainer" in his review, saying he "would readily recommend it to folks not well versed in the world of audiophile jargon."

Great for headphones and desktop speakers, the DragonFly is an affordable gift that Dad will absolutely adore.


Geneva Model S Speaker

Geneva Model S Wireless Speaker – $299

The Geneva Model S wireless speaker system is an all-in-one solution that's all about functionality.

With a built-in alarm clock, the Model S also features Bluetooth so Dad can instantly stream his favorite music directly from his phone. Compact and versatile, this is a great way to put high-fidelity sound in any room of Dad's home.

If Dad still hasn't gotten rid of that old alarm clock, the Geneva Model S is the perfect opportunity to convince him to upgrade.


NAD VISO HP50 Headphones

NAD Electronics VISO HP50 Headphones – $299

If your Dad's in need of some high-quality headphones, you can't go wrong with the NAD VISO HP50. Rated as a Sound & Vision "Top Pick," the VISO HP50 is comfortable with superb sound, making it perfect for long trips and listening at the office.

With a remote built directly into the cable, Dad will be able to effortlessly adjust the volume, pause, and play his music while using the VISO HP50 with his smartphone.

Great sound doesn't come easy, but the NAD VISO HP50 headphones may convince you otherwise.


Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable – $399

Does your Dad still listen to his old vinyl collection? Help him enjoy all of his favorite music as it was meant to be heard with the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable.

What Hi-Fi gave the Debut Carbon a 5-star review, calling it "a fine-sounding package for the money." An incredible value, the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon boasts fantastic audio performance and build quality.

Available in a variety of colors, the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon is an all-around great gift if Dad's looking to give his records another spin.


Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones – $399

Bowers & Wilkins is a company best known for high-performance speakers that look as good as they sound, and this same philosophy has carried over to their headphones with the P7.

Luxurious, comfortable, and classy, the P7 is a headphone that sets a new standard in portable hi-fi that your Dad will love.

Bowers & Wilkins sums it up perfectly: "The over-ear design and snugly-fitting ear pads ensure P7 completely envelops you in sound, the genuine sheepskin leather making for uncompromising quality, fit and feel."


NAD D 1050 USB DAC

NAD Electronics D 1050 USB DAC – $499

Highly affordable and chock-full of features seldom found at its price point, the NAD D 1050 USB DAC is a perfect way for Dad to get more from the music playing through his computer.

Doubling as a headphone amplifier, the NAD D 1050 will make the audio from Dad's Mac or PC sound better than ever. What Hi-Fi raved about the D 1050 in their review, calling it "a brilliant box of tricks that holds plenty of appeal for those in the hunt for a desirable desktop DAC."

All in all, the NAD D 1050 is a great gift and a fantastic value at $499.


Sonos PLAYBAR

Sonos PLAYBAR Soundbar – $699

Does your Dad have Sonos? If not, the Sonos PLAYBAR is the perfect place to start. Easy to use and operate, PLAYBAR delivers quality sound and an awesome value, doubling as a wireless speaker that lets you stream your favorite music directly to it using the Sonos app.

If your Dad already has a Sonos system, even better! PLAYBAR will work with any existing Sonos system to create a multi-room music solution that can be controlled from anywhere in the house.

Best of all, you can combine the PLAYBAR with a Sonos SUB ($699) and two PLAY 3 speakers ($299 each) for a full, 5.1 wireless surround sound system.


Bowers & Wilkins A7 AirPlay Speaker

Bowers & Wilkins A7 AirPlay Speaker – $799

The Bowers & Wilkins A7 wireless speaker is the perfect gift if Dad uses an iPhone or iPad.

With built-in AirPlay connectivity, it's never been easier for Dad to listen to his favorite music without the hassle of wires and confusing menus. Just power it on, connect using AirPlay, and enjoy the music.

Designed to deliver true audiophile-grade performance, even the most selective ears will love the Bowers & Wilkins A7 AirPlay speaker.


Peachtree decco65 Amplifier

Peachtree Audio decco65 Amplifier – $999

The decco65 desktop amplifier from Peachtree Audio is a powerful piece of equipment, perfect for driving your Dad's favorite bookshelf speakers.

Caleb Denison of Digital Trends sums it up best in his review of the decco65:

"This is it… this is the kind of sound some people spend tons of money and their entire lives seeking to achieve. Yet, here it is, right in front of us…"

Give Dad a chance to hear his speakers at their best with the Peachtree Audio decco65.


GoldenEar Triton Seven

GoldenEar Triton Seven Loudspeakers – $1,399/pair

If you're looking to go above and beyond this Father's Day, you can still do it without breaking the bank.

GoldenEar Technology is best known for high-performance speakers that anyone can afford, and this holds just as true with the Triton Seven.

Since it's release, the Triton Seven has earned itself a ton of critical praise: Like this review from Home Theater Review, this one from Digital Trends, and this one from The Absolute Sound.

If you want to make this Father's Day one to remember, the Triton Seven speakers will make it unforgettable.


Astell Kern AK240

Astell & Kern AK240 Hi-Res Music Player – $2,500

The Astell & Kern AK240 hi-res music player is the cream of the crop when it comes to digital music.

With 256GB of built-in storage, roughly 2,500 MQS (24bit/96kHz, 4 minute-long, 90MB) songs can be saved to device. The memory is also easily expandable using a microSD card, meaning Dad can add as much as 128GB of storage to his AK240.

If Dad demands the best audio performance for his music, the Astell & Kern AK240 hi-res music player is sure to be a hit.


Audeze LCD-3

Audeze LCD-3 Headphones – $1,945

When Dad wants the best of the best, headphones don’t come much better than the Audeze LCD-3.

Often referred to as “The Best Headphones in the World,” the LCD-3 delivers the best audio performance Audeze has to offer.

With remarkable sound and unmatched clarity, this is the perfect gift if your Dad wants headphones that go above and beyond the call of duty.

Be sure to pair the Audeze LCD-3 with a high-performance headphone amplifier for the best performance possible!


McIntosh MHA 100

McIntosh MHA 100 Headphone Amp – $4,500

McIntosh’s first dedicated headphone amplifier is also one of the best Father’s Day gifts of all time.

Compact enough to fit comfortably on a desk, the MHA 100 is an audiophile’s dream-come-true. While it’s perfect for headphones, McIntosh also included two 50-watt stereo speaker outputs, meaning Dad can even enjoy the MHA 100 with his favorite speakers.

Elegant, powerful, and designed to appeal to the most discerning music lovers, the McIntosh MHA 100 is the king of Father’s Day gifts.


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