With Christmas just around the corner, our tech gift suggestions will make short work of present buying for the music lover in your life.
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1. Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones
If you’re looking for a comfortable pair of wireless headphones that offer decent sound quality for less than £100, then Sony's WH-CH700N are just the ticket.
These lightweight headphones have well-padded ear cups, making them comfortable to wear for extended periods. The closed-back, over-ear design does a good job of muting all surrounding noise to a whisper.
You can stream music via Bluetooth or through NFC tap-to-pair technology – as used by many Android phones and devices. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts a decent 35 hours with Bluetooth and noise cancelling switched on – and the headphones come with a cable for wired listening and a handy case for easy transport and storage. Plus if you're really pushed for time and realise they've run out of juice, just 10 minutes will give you an hour's worth of battery.
There's also a built in microphone in order to use these headphones for talking on the phone.
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2. Azatom Home Hub Lightning Dock
At under £60, the Azatom Home Hub Lightning Dock is a cracking buy. It combines an alarm clock, FM radio, docking facility and wireless speaker to serve as an all-in-one music centre – perfect for use anywhere in the house.
Its lightning connector lets you charge and play music from Apple devices including the iPhone X, 8, 8 plus, 7plus, 7, 6s,, 6, 5s, 5 Nano 7G, Touch 5G, iPad mini and iPads. If your devices don’t have a lightning connection, you can still use the Azatom Home Hub to play music across a Bluetooth connection or use the auxiliary input to connect older devices. Its powerful 30W speaker with dual bass ports delivers great quality, well balanced stereo sound.
Featuring a standard radio alarm design, the Azatom Home Hub is a doddle to use. The stylish black and chrome box has a large digital display at the front with the docking station and control buttons for volume, source control, play/pause, dual alarms and snooze on the top.
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3. Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 speaker
The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is the big brother of the popular UE Boom portable wireless speaker, sharing the same cylinder-shape and quirky design of its smaller sibling, but packing a far more powerful sound.
The robust Megaboom is completely waterproof, so much so it can be totally submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, and virtually shockproof. Light to carry, you can place this 360-degree speaker anywhere and its rich sound with deep bass with easily fill any size room with music. A companion app allows for EQ sound tweaks, alarm functionality and the ability to pair more than one Megaboom speaker for enhanced sound.
Its Bluetooth range is 45 metres, and it has a battery life of 20 hours, lasting a whole day on a single charge.
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4. Pure Evoke D6 Portable Stereo DAB/FM Radio with Bluetooth
The Evoke D6 with Bluetooth combines a stereo digital radio and Bluetooth speaker with plenty of features in a smart-looking design.
Two front-facing speakers deliver a rich stereo sound that’s clear and detailed. Built-in Bluetooth lets you use the radio as a wireless speaker so you can play music from your phone, tablet or streaming service without the need for messy wires.
The real oak veneer casing and white front panel give this radio a stylish modern look that will suit any room in the house. You can save up to 30 stations as presets with four buttons for quick access and two alarms let you set different times for weekdays and the weekend.
A credit-card size remote control lets you enjoy the Evoke D6 from the comfort of your armchair and it has a headphone socket, input for an iPod/MP3 player and an optional rechargeable battery pack for portable listening.
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5. Pickmaster Plectrum Punch-Make Your Own Picks
More of a gadget-pick than a tech-pick, you'll still be pleased you picked this Pickmaster pick-punch! If the music-lover in your life is also a guitar-toting musician, they'll be able to create their own plectrums out of strong card, or even defunct credit cards! So essentially, it's two gifts in one - a secure credit card destruction system, and a money saving plectrum machine.
Win yourself some extra brownie points with a powerpack that could save the day in any low-battery disaster. Popping a Duracell Powerbank in the stocking along with your chosen musical gift could give you some serious thoughtful cred.