Sound snobs are the easiest—and yet hardest—folks for whom to Christmas-shop. You know they want something audio-related, but you're probably not qualified to choose something. No problem. We've got this.
Before he became famous for giant wigs and homicide trials, legendary producer Phil Spector used to proclaim, "back to mono!" An interesting retro-trend is the re-release of old monaural (single-channel) recordings in digital formats. Many listeners find these recordings to possess a directness and vitality found in few stereo recordings.
Noteworthy recent re-releases have included The Beatles mono set