We're back with the WiFi HiFi holiday gift guides! Each week, we'll release new themed gift guides, chocked-full of great tech gift ideas for different people on your list. This week, we're looking at great gifts to help someone outfit his "man cave."
Sony SRS-WS1 Immersive Wearable Speaker
It's only available in the U.S. right now, but if you're making a trip stateside any time soon, you might want to consider this for the man cave owner on your list. Rather than have headphones cupping their ears or music blaring loudly that might disturb others in the home, he can place this speaker over his shoulders to hear sound and vibrations from whatever the TV while watching a movie or gaming, or an audio source while listening to music. It has speaker slots that, when combined with digital sound processing, create a sound field that surrounds the user. The ducts on the lower part of the speaker reduce excess resonance to keep sound quality clear. Equipped with specially developed 30mm-diameter, full-range speakers on both sides, the small vibration board provides high-register playback. The speaker creates vibrations in the air that deliver a powerful sensory experience, says Sony. The vibration intensity can be adjusted to three different levels: High, Medium and Low. It uses 2.4Ghz RF wireless technology for low latency and a more responsive listening experience. Since the sound is centered around the wearer, rather than projected from a distance, he can freely move around as well without any degradation in sound clarity and volume. The design doesn't isolate the user completely from their surroundings, allowing him to experience high-quality personalized sounds while still being connected to their environment. It comes with a wireless transmitter that can be easily connected to a television using an optical or audio cable. Up to two WS1 speakers can be connected to a single transmitter, enabling family or friends to share the listening experience. He can also connect to the audio ports of mobile devices, such as smartphones or handheld gaming consoles, to enjoy videos and music using the supplied cable. To charge the speaker, place it on the charging stand. One charge takes approximately three hours and provides a maximum continuous usage time of up to seven hours. US$300
Front Row Seating Captain's Chair
Every man needs the ultimate in comfort for their man cave, and this chair is the perfect addition to the room, ideal for sitting back to watch movies and TV series, playing video games, or relaxing with some music playing through speakers or a nice pair of audiophile headphones. Measuring 32 x 32 x 34" (w/d/h), it comes in crisp white or bolder colour options like red and yellow. Mounted on a swivel base, he can move around with ease as he battles evil forces in a game or chats with buddies. Grab two for a larger room so he can invite a friend over for the Super Bowl, a video game battle, or movie night with a partner. It's available as a swivel chair or swivel rocker starting from $2,500 in fabric and $3,500 in top-grain leather. Everything is custom built to order in Montreal, so grab one quickly so you can get it in time, if not for Christmas, at least for the Super Bowl!
Marshall Mini Fridge
What better gift for a man cave than a cool (literally) mini fridge that can hold beers, soda, and other drinks that are par for the course for a guys night in. This one comes in a 3.2 or 4.4 cubic foot size and features authentic Marshall Amp parts, including genuine Marshall logos, actual knobs, fret cloth, brass finished faceplate, and custom branded glass shelving. With a matte black tub and white accents, each has an arctic blue LED cluster that lights up the interior. There are transparent removable trays, a thermostat at the side to optimize storage space, improved custom doors, increased tray space that can fit 2L bottles and regular size cans, and embossed details on the inside of door. The larger version has a freezer compartment as well, perfect for freezing ice cubes to serve drinks on the rocks and for frozen snacks - or just to get that beer cold quicker when someone brings over a six-pack! The 3.2 fridge (31.25" x 19" x 18.5") is $400, and the 4.4 cubic foot (32.25" x 19.75" x 22.5") is $500.
Xbox One X Stars Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Bundle
While the One X was released a few years ago, it remains Microsoft's newest console. And any gaming guy on your list will love to have one in his man cave if he doesn't already. This bundle includes the console with 1TB of storage along with a download code for this game, which will be a perfect gift right after the launch of the newest movie in the franchise before Christmas. It also comes with a one-month trial of the Xbox Game Pass for console and Xbox Live Gold, and one-month of EA Access. Play in full 4K Ultra HD with a compatible TV (like the one on this list) and HDR, and his man cave will be the talk of the neighbourhood. $450
Tri-Art TA-05 Turntable
If he's more into passive music listening than active gaming, consider getting him a turntable for the room. Rather than something boxy and boring, this one is absolutely gorgeous, made of solid three-ply bamboo with an aluminum sub platter with steel shaft and removable spindle. It has a single AC synchronous motor (33 and 45rpm) and ABEC7 carbonized ceramic ball bearing. It even has a solid bamboo tone arm with a unique azimuth adjustment. Why bamboo? Aside fron the fact that it looks really cool, bamboo is considered to be "nature's carbon fibre," says Tri-Art, which makes it a fast material with great isolation properties that can minimize airborne and structural vibrations. Plus, it's also eco-friendly since it replenishes in five years compared to 25-30 years for most other hardwoods. It comes plug and play and can be equipped with any cartridge or use one of Tri-Arts. MSRP $798
Devialet Phantom Reactor Portable Wireless Speaker
Perfect for smaller spaces, this wireless speaker will still afford beautiful sound and punchy bass for private listening. It's a quarter of the size of the Phantom Gold. There's a 600-watt, 95dB SPL 600 model for $1,450 in a black or white finish, or the 900 model that offers 900 watts and 98dB SPL for $1,850 in the same finish options. Both include Airplay, Bluetooth, and Spotify Connect so he can listen to streaming tunes from his favourite service, along with optical cable, analog, and UPnP for connecting other source devices.
Cube Audio Nenuphar Single Driver Loudspeaker
Set up a home theatre in the room with a pair of these sleek and sexy loudspeakers, which are is based on Cube Audio F10 Neo drivers combined with a TQWT enclosure. Modern and elegant in design in a piano black or white finish, all drivers and loudspeakers from the company are handmade in Poland. Designed for rooms anywhere from 20 to 40 square meters in size, they can be a perfect match for a tube amp, and can be positioned in a room tilted forward or resting against a back wall, with about 5-10 degrees of toe-in. $18,900/pr.
JBL Link Bar Soundbar
What's great about this soundbar for a room like a man cave is that it doesn't just provide audio while you're watching TV or listening to music, but it can also turn virtually any standard TV into a smart TV by adding an Android TV user interface to it. This is great if he's using an older TV in the room with plans to upgrade next year and doesn't have a cable or satellite TV box hooked up. No additional devices are needed - connect it and you can start watching content streaming from your favourite services. It can also be controlled by voice using Google Assistant. However, you need to buy a sub separately. $550
Panasonic DP-UB9000 THX Certified Ultra HD Player
If he wants to use the man cave to store his collection of 4K Bl-ray discs and watch movies that way, this is a great option to facilitate that. You'll get great colour reproduction and a sharp picture that will impress thanks to the unique chroma and HDR processing technologies. $1,300
Sony Z9F Master Series LCD TV
If you want to surprise him with a brand new big-screen TV for the room, consider this one in all of its 65-inches of glory. It offers 4K upscaling from HD sources when watching standard TV or other HD resolution content, Full Array Local Dimming, and 4,000 nits of brightness. Plus, it's a smart TV built around the Android platform, which means he can access all of his favourite streaming services. $4,000.
Monitor Audio Mass 5.1 Surround Sound System
For the man who wants to get full surround sound in his small room, this system is a great choice. He'll get fully immersive sound through the five high-performance satellite speakers and subwoofer. The speakers can be placed atop a surface, on the optional and complementary MASS Stands, or mounted on the wall, and come in midnight (blue/black) or mist (white/grey). $1,399
Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless Headphones
If he'll probably be using his man cave to throw on some headphones, shut off from the world, and immerse himself in some classic music, hard rock, or soothing tunes, check out these headphones. A wireless version of the popular Momentums, they fold up nicely, and you can use the app to choose your desired level of ANC so he can still hear the kids if necessary. Unfold them and they automatically power on. $530
Turo Car Sharing
Ok, so this gift isn't exactly for the man cave itself. But for any guy who owns a man cave, chances are he will love this gift, too. Through the peer-to-eer car sharing marketplace that dubs itself Airbnb for cars, he can book any car from just about anywhere and take it for a spin. The service focuses on unique and exotic cars, including a Tesla Model 3, Audio R8, Porsche Boxter, and yes, even the DeLorean. You would win huge points for getting him an hour with a DeLorean! There are more practical options as well, but where's the fun in that? Pricing ranges from $146 for a day with the Tesla Model 3 up to $2,500 for the DeLorean. But pricing is set by hosts so it can vary. To grab a coupon as a gift, visit the website or download the app, look through the cars in your area. As long as the person you want to get it for has a valid driver's license, you can book the car for your desired date and add them as a secondary driver. Make a print out, or find a flashier way to present the gift, then plan your date night or guys night out.