What would be the worst audiophile gift you could imagine?

What would be the <I>worst</I> audiophile gift you could imagine?
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86% (115 votes)
Don't have one
14% (18 votes)
Total votes: 133

Once you've been identified by your family and friends as an audiophile, they might try to give you gifts to support your habit. What would be the <I>worst</I> audiophile gift you could imagine?

mike eschman's picture

Any McIntosh equipment.

pvories's picture

A high-def. copy of a Tiny Tim album.

Mihail's picture

Bose surround speakers.

Mike Agee's picture

Anything that begins with a "B", ends with an "e", and outperforms separate components costing far more! Really though, my extended family wouldn't bat an eye if I spent a small fortune on a car but would positively sh%& if they knew how much my stereo cost. I drive a '94 Subaru but none of them draw the obvious conclusion, and my gem of a mechanic is my favorite component and top audio enabler. I actively keep my family out of the loop by giving them no incentive to get me audio gifts.

Nodaker's picture

Other than having them pick out music for me it would likely be a pair of Bose speakers. I had to do it—sorry Bose.

Raymond's picture

For my birthday, I had wanted some new headphones, because my years-old beyerdynamics were on their last leg. I had planned on looking at the AKG 701s and/or Senn 650s. With nothing but good intentions, she came home with some Bose sound canceling thingys. I softly and kindly explained to her that since exchanging vows, I now drive a minivan with two children, own two floral print sofas, and have a house that smells like a potpourri factory. Even though I love her, If she ever bought me stereo gear again, she'd hear from my lawyer.

emiser's picture

The digitally remastered collection of Zamfir albums.

Boycott Monster Cable's picture

Any thing made by Monster Cable.

Sam Tellig's picture

A surround sound system.

Nate's picture

A bookshelf audio system, one of those with lots of plastic and lights that all the retail chains always have blaring.

Mark L.'s picture

A gift card for iTunes and its lo-rez downloads. With eBay, though, any gift can be replaced, albeit not at equal value—even snake oil. I do not consider getting a Bose product an audiophile gift, but I would not return it. I would use it to disprove Bose marketing fiction.

Dimitris Gogas's picture

Hooked on Classics'. Do you remember them? Or something else like that crap.

Eric Shook / 29 / Raleigh, NC's picture

My future ex-wife gave me a noisy box fan for my listening room, so the that tubes wouldn't heat up the room so much. An overall poor choice in physics.

Stephen Scharf's picture

CDs instead of vinyl.

Bert Cattoor's picture

Anything by Bose. Having to have Bose in my home would be my worst nightmare.

Andrew's picture

iPod dock (built-in speakers)

Kenneth Cascio's picture

The Bose Wave Radio/CD Player.

Bruce in Santa Fe's picture

iPods. They keep trying to give me iPods.

Nik from Chicago's picture

Anything involving the letters HTIB.

Tim Farnsworth's picture

A complete makeover of your audio system while you are out of town on business.

Melvin Xingu's picture

Audiophile lingerie. Resonator man brassiere with hand carved mpingo inserts and ruby cabachon faux tone nipples with laser engraved likeness of Jerry Lewis from 1963. Yes, the absolute worst.

Rob's picture

Anything Bose. "How about a lovely wave radio for the kitchen—ooh, it is so good". Suggest covering with a red current glaze and baking with the ham at 440F for 20minutes.

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Pradeep's picture

I dont want a CD/vinyl that I already own for a gift. I have a huge wish list—give me a gift card I will get what I want.

Mike Weisman's picture

A $100 gift card for a high-end audio store. It would cost me thousands to spend it.

Roland L's picture

A pair of discount Kirkland RCA A/V interconnect, from the Costco!

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TOGA's picture

Bad sounding cables of any kinds.

audio-sleuth@comcast.net's picture

Another motherf******** format war. Or more clueless reviewers hyping multi channel.