If you’re like us, you want to buy the best electronics gifts for Father’s Day. It’s not like there aren’t a lot of choices—rather, finding the best electronics gifts is a matter of wading through the huge selection of speakers, Bluetooth gadgets and accessories that dominate the market. Following is our list of the best electronics products we found this year, in various price ranges, so no one is left out!
2015 Father’s Day Best Electronics Gifts Under $100
Check out these gifts if your budget is limited or you just want to pick up quick gadget for extended family or the guy at the office who always gets your coffee.
Why We Like It: “Practice Safe Sets” – just the slogan makes us want to buy these! As an avid fan of live music, having a good set of earplugs can be the difference between hearing detail and simply plugging up the high frequencies. The v-moda Faders prevent hearing loss by reducing harmful noise levels evenly by 12dB across the spectrum. Hear music and speech with crystal clarity while protecting your ears. Featuring four sizes of universal fittings (XS, S, M, L) and tuned by professional DJs, producers and doctors, Faders are the world’s finest earplugs.
Where to get it: http://v-moda.com/faders-vip/
Why We Like It: Life can’t all be about speakers, Bluetooth audio, and AV receivers…well, it can be—but there’s also toys. The Griffin HELO TC is an inexpensive remote control helicopter that lets you “delivers an aerial assault on the mundane”. This is an easy-to-fly indoor RC helicopter that you control with either an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or (and this is new) any Android device.
Where to get it: http://griffintechnology.com/helo-tc-touch-controlled-toy-helicopter
Why We Like It: The new Phiaton MS 100 BA earphones utilize balanced armature drivers, delivering all the textures and nuances of “as if you were there” sound. Phiaton’s new MS 100 BA earphones are from a company that’s known for superior, high performance audio products. Evident is Phiaton’s classic attention to detail, modern flair and ergonomic sensitivities. Whether orchestral or vocal, the fine tonal balance means hours of relaxed enjoyment, with sustaine daudio richness through the full range of frequencies. Take these intelligent earphones everywhere and use with any device-the perfect travel or at home companion for serious music lovers.
Where to get it: http://phiaton.com/ms-100-ba
Why We Like It: A far as gadgets go, this is one that not only comes across as unique—it may save you in a pinch. With the lithium-ion powered Cyntur JumperPack you’ll never get stranded with a dead car battery again! Put the JumperPack mini in your glove compartment, and a dead car battery becomes an easy jump instead of a major hassle. Of course, it’s also a 200 lumen LED torch, emergency strobe, and USB 2.1A smartphone/tablet charger all in one.
Where to get it: http://www.cyntur.com/Store/Product-Viewer/lithium-ionjumpstarter
Why We Like It: You can set the mood anywhere with Voombox-party which packs a big audio punch. This little powerhouse speaker even includes a built-in subwoofer with dual passive radiators for amazing bass. It’s small, durable, and simple to use. Connect easily with NFC and stream rich, realistic sound thanks to 2.1 design. It also plays with up to 8 hours of battery life. Let the party begin, no matter indoor or outdoor!
Where to get it: http://www.divoom.com/product/voombox-party.html
Why We Like It: Audio art. That is XQISIT’s Bluetooth Headset in a nutshell. The headset is comfortable and fitted with flexible, padded ear cups and headband designed to ergonomically adjust to your head shape. Bluetooth allows for wireless sound transfer between the headset and your audio bank, but the right ear cup’s outer exterior features a unique touch panel for effortless track skipping and volume control. Battery is a whopping 10 hours. These headphones are not only well-designed, they’re visually stunning as well.
Where to get it: https://www.xqisit.com/index.php?productdetail=19621
Why We Like It: The perfectly sculpted, hand crafted shape of this comfort mouse supports your hand and wrist in a comfortable, natural position and you get fine-motion control with well-positioned buttons and wheels. You can scroll through long documents or web pages faster and easier. The precision wheel auto-shifts from click-to-click to hyper-fast scroll. A unique thumb wheel lets you perform side-to-side scrolling with a stroke of your thumb while a Darkfield laser sensor tracks flawlessly virtually anywhere, even on glass and high-gloss surfaces.You can pair up to 3 devices and easily switch between them with the touch of a button. Charging is also easy—in fact, you can get enough power for a full day of usage in 4 minutes only, with no down time while recharging. A full charge can last up to 40 days.
Where to get it: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/mx-master
Why We Like It: The boomBOTTLE H2O packs remarkable wireless audio into a rugged IP67 waterproof frame—perfect for the poolside, beach, snow or any other environment. This 50mm up-firing speaker uses a passive subwoofer which sends music in all directions. Integrated music controls let you easily control play, pause, track forward/backward, adjust volume and more with the integrated controls. A rechargeable lithium polymer battery provides up to 11 hours of continuous music playback. You can use the included micro USB cable to easily charge boomBOTTLE H2O before you leave the house.
Where to get it: http://www.scosche.com/boombottle-h2o
Pricing: XWNB5201 $89.99/kit; XAVB5101 $79.99/kit; XAVB5602 $69.99/kit
Why We Like It: WiFi is great, but sometimes a hard line is just what you need for streaming higher quality audio or networking your computers and accessing the Internet. With the XWNB5201 you can create a high-speed WiFi (802.11b/g/n) access point while delivering 500 Mbps locally via Powerline technology. We also like that the new Netgear Powerline products are tiny. The new AV500 “Nano” devices are roughly 30% smaller than previous models and they perform the same. Each device has an automatic push button wireless setup and the LEDs actually let you know which outlets are better than others for optimal performance.
Why We Like It: One of the best uses of new Bluetooth technology has been the integration of this wireless protocol into automotive products like radios and GPS units. The Lemur Blue Driver takes Bluetooth and applies it to your vehicle’s computer system. It lets you red and reset diagnostic codes as well as record vital vehicle statistic such as performance and maintenance data. This is a truly remarkable device that really can only be limited by the software and maps that accompany it.
Where to get it: http://www.lemurmonitors.com
The True Friend – Best Electronics Gifts for Dad from $100 to $200
EcoXGear EcoRox Speaker
Why We Like It: The EcoRox by EcoXGear is a unique portable audio system combining Bluetooth, a lithium-ion battery & waterproof technologies in one. EcoRox is, at its core, a shock resistant, floating, waterproof, full-range rechargeable wireless speaker system. You can do everything from streaming & playing your music from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone or audio device, to answering your calls over the built-in speaker phone. And yes, we did say it is waterproof!
Where to get it: https://ecoxgear.com/ecorox/
Why We Like It: The Cambridge Audio G2 Mini is an ultra-compact Bluetooth speaker with big sound and an equally big battery. With a four speaker array, 10 hours of battery life, a Class D amplifier, and a sleek and stylish design, the G2 can fit neatly in your bag, power your party in the park, or charge your phone on the go (or even both at the same time!). Cambridge just released their limited edition blue and red G2s speakers, so now you can have a speaker that’s as loud and proud as your music! You can even wirelessly link two G2s together for twice the power.
Where to get it: http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/wireless-speakers/g2
Why We Like It: You can bring your music to life with the Fluance Fi30 High Performance Bluetooth Wood Speaker. The Fi30 combines Fluance sound quality and wireless Bluetooth connectivity together into one elegant audio system. By utilizing only premium components such as powerfully dimensioned, high-performance drivers and a wood enclosure, the Fi30 provides a pure listening experience that will harmonize perfectly with any modern living area. With superb sound radiation and rich timbre, this system is ideal for any audiophile and can handle even the highest volume levels without distortion.
The “I Ain’t Messing Around” – Father’s Day Gifts from $200 to $300
Why We Like It: Barriers are meant to be broken, but your Bluetooth speaker isn’t. The FUGOO Tough speaker is the best rugged Bluetooth speaker available. Crafted from fiber-reinforced resin and solid aluminum, FUGOO Tough is ready for anything. Plus, with 40 hours of battery life and Siri/Google Plus integration, these 360-degree speakers work in a way that’s uncommonly cool. Mud, snow, shock, and water proof…the Fugoo speaker is something new.
Where to get it: http://www.fugoo.com/fugoo-tough/
Why We Like It: The Denon AVR-X510BT 5.2 home theater receiver delivers the latest surround sound technology with a very affordable price tag. You get 5 channels delivering 70 Watts per channel, enough power for surround sound with real impact, whether you are watching a movie or playing a video game. Likewise, the 2-channel performance for listening to your favourite stereo music is exceptional. Bluetooth enables easy wireless playback from your mobile phone and other compatible portable devices. In addition to music stored on your phone, you can also play streaming music from Internet services like Spotify. The clear on-screen displays, auto setup and room EQ make the receiver easy to setup and use.
Why We Like It: The BenQ Trevolo comes with folding electrostatic speaker panels for easy portability. It comes in black or silver anodized aluminum casing with black mesh electrostatic panels. An integrated noise-canceling microphone lets calls sound crystal clear on your phone. The speaker includes a rechargeable battery that gives you up to 12 hours of continuous play, and an LED battery status indicator indicates charge level with blue/green/red. You can input sound via Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX, a micro USB digital audio connection, or even a 3.5mm analog connection. There’s also an analogue line output for audio pass-through.
Where to get it: http://info.benq.us/benqtrevolo
Why We Like It: The Yamaha RX-V379 home theater receiver supports Bluetooth for wireless music playback, and 4K Ultra HD video with HDCP 2.2 compatibility. It has a discrete 5.1-channel amplifier with 70 Watts per channel. For ease of setup, YPAO automatically calibrates your listening environment for optimal sound performance. Virtual CINEMA FRONT mode lets you experience virtual surround sound with all five speakers in front. An extra bass setting provides more bass output from smaller speakers, and a newly-designed remote control comes with large buttons for enhanced ease of use.
Why We Like It: Meet the biggest, baddest, Braven BRV speaker yet. The BRV-HD Bluetooth speaker packs high definition audio into a rugged, water-resistant package with 28 hours of wireless play time. Take on the elements with its shockproof exterior and aircraft-grade aluminum grill. The BRV-HD doubles as a smartphone or tablet charger and answers incoming calls using the built-in noise-canceling speakerphone. With enhanced SRS WOW HD sound and wireless daisy chaining to a second BRV-HD speaker, be prepared to throw an outdoor party like no other.
Where to get it: http://www.braven.com/outdoor-series/braven-hd-speaker.html
Why We Like It: The UE MegaBoom is a portable wireless speaker on steroids. It can blast freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with deep, heart-pounding bass–everywhere you go. With dual passive radiators, performance drivers, and advanced digital signal processing, the UE MegaBoom drives loud, rich, clear and balanced sound that will sound awesome with any playlist. You can also wirelessly double up with a second UE MegaBoom or UE Boom. Use the app to control the balance and to choose between Stereo or Double sound.
Where to get it: http://www.ultimateears.com/en-us/megaboom
Who Loves You? Holiday Gifts Over $300
Why We Like It: If you can’t entertain a full 5.1 system with surround speakers and a sub, then the ZVOX SoundBase 670 will allow you to produce rich, room-filling home theater sound in a highly-reduced form factor. The Soundable 670 is just 3.5” high, but it contains five full range speakers (including three center speakers). When placed under your flat panel television, it virtually disappears. Connection is simple, and you get both analogue and digital options for receiving Dolby Digital audio from your TV. The ZVOX PhaseCue virtual surround system even creates a DSP-based surround experience that has to be heard to appreciate. This model also includes Bluetooth with aptX, so you can stream audio from any smart phone or tablet wirelessly. For under $500 you get a lot of sound that will even blow away most sounders we’ve heard.
Why We Like It: The Marantz NR1605 surround receiver features an advanced video section that supports full rate (60 Hz) 4K Ultra HD highest resolution video along with analog to HDMI conversion. You can also wirelessly stream your favorite music tracks via either the built-in Wi-Fi or built-in Bluetooth, so you can enjoy content on your smartphone or tablet, or even from Internet radio and subscription streaming services such as Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotify. You can also connect to your PC or Mac and stream content without the need for a hard-wired LAN hookup.
The advanced audio section includes a 7 channel power amp block with identical circuitry for all channels, to ensure consistently high quality sound over the entire audio soundstage. In addition to high resolution audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, the Marantz NR1605 is also equipped with Dolby Pro Logic IIz, which lets you augment your 5.1 channel speaker system with 2 additional front height speakers, for a dramatically expanded front soundstage.
Why We Like It: Usher Audio is known for using unusual and avant garde materials in its drivers such as beryllium and diamond. The N-6300 bookshelf speaker is different in that it’s made to be an entry level speaker for budding audiophiles. At its heart, the Usher N-6300 is a two-way, front ported bookshelf speaker finished in a beautiful walnut veneer with contrasting black top tweeter cowl. The N-6300 speaker has a front port and has an unusual swept-back design. At the rear are a pair of bi-wirable WBT-esque binding posts with pre-installed jumper bars.