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The Best Hi-Fi to Spend Your Tax Refund On: 2024 Gift Guide

Wondering how to spend your tax refund to maximize your musical enjoyment? Here are some best-in-class ways to upgrade your lifestyle.

Hi-Fi Gift Guide April 2024

The taxman giveth? If you are fortunate enough to be receiving a tax refund this year, we have some thoughts on unique hi-fi components that will certainly not depreciate over time when it comes to musical enjoyment. You don’t have to spend a fortune in 2024 to achieve great sound quality on the desktop, in your living room, or on-the-go. Sonic nirvana courtesy of the IRS? Here are a few ideas to get you started on your journey. 

Bluesound Node Streamer in white lifestyle

Bluesound NODE

The original wireless hi-res music streamer that connects to stereo systems or powered speakers. The NODE transforms HiFi and unlocks a world of music streaming with seamless control and access to all your music in one app. Built and designed for the most demanding audiophiles, the NODE is equipped with a high-performance DAC for bit-perfect streaming, plus a wide array of digital/analogue connections including HDMI eARC, RCAs, Optical, and more.

$499 at Bluesound

PlatiMon VC One / Two

Introducing PlatiMon VC Two by Mon Acoustic, completing our revered VC series this year. Pair it with the VC One bookshelf speaker for unmatched audio depth and clarity, or let the VC One stand alone for compact excellence. Customize your sound experience, blending cutting-edge innovation with timeless elegance. Start your unparalleled audio journey with us.

$8,000 / $11,000 per pair at Mon Acoustic

Mon Acoustic PlatiMon VC/Two Loudspeaker
Audioengine D1P Headphone Amplifier and DAC

Audioengine D1P

Connect the Audioengine D1P with your mobile device and headphones for enhanced clarity in your favorite songs while on the go. At home, switch to the speaker output ensuring a desktop listening experience that perfectly plays your favorite songs, thanks to the built-in 32-bit DAC. 

$169 at audioengine.com

Austrian Audio Composer

Designed by veteran AKG engineers, the ultra-comfortable Composer is easy to drive — just plug it into any portable device or high-end headphone amp. With a spacious, natural sound signature and fantastic bass response, this is an ideal upgrade headphone. A series of stunning ergonomic details make extended listening a dream.

$2,699 at VANA Distribution

Austrian Audio Composer Headphones
Chord Mojo 2 Portable DAC Headphone Amplifier

Chord Mojo 2

Looking for improved sound on-the-go? The British designed, engineered and built Chord Mojo 2 is one of the most advanced portable DAC and headphone amplifiers in the world. Just connect between smartphone and headphone to hear class-leading detail and clarity, right up to studio-grade levels. 

$650 at Amazon

Valencia Seating

Kick back and listen to tunes or watch movies in the comfort and convenience of Valencia’s Syracuse motorized recliner. Includes built-in USB charging, ambient LED base lighting, cup holder, and top grain Grade 9000 leather. Available in multiple seating configurations.

$1,650 at ProjectorScreen

Valencia Syracuse Home Theater Seating
Rega Planar 3 Turntable White

Rega Planar 3

Just named one of the best audiophile turntables under $2,000, the Rega Planar 3 delivers unmatched tempo, clarity, and detail from your vinyl records. Available in multiple colors or splurge for the 50th Anniversary Edition in walnut.

$1,395 at Turntable Lab


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