Last year, I published this somewhat-anti-other-gift-guides gift guide:
All I can do is tell you what I’ve used, but in an effort to be most helpful, I’ve narrowed the scope further than most recommendation sites can: these are products that I personally bought or received as gifts at least a year ago, use regularly, and still enjoy and recommend.
Fortunately, due to its conservative time requirements, I can just link to it for this year and everything’s pretty much the same.
I’ve tried a lot of new things since then, but most of them are either not worth including because they’re not good enough, or I haven’t owned them for long enough to qualify.1
My headphone upgrades have been the latter, but I’m done for a while. The HE-6 has killed every other high-end headphone for me. To my ears, they’re better than the Sennheiser HD 800, the Audeze LCD-3, and even the Stax SR-009 — and not just by a little. The only catch is if you get one, you must get one of only a handful of amps powerful enough to drive it, the cheapest and most practical of which — and the one I use — is the Schiit Mjolnir. ↩︎