CANADA HiFi 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – $100 to $500 Gift Ideas!

Gifts Under $100

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Netflix Premium (4K) Subscription, $12/month
Got someone on your holiday list that owns a 4K TV?  Netflix is currently one of very few sources that offers Ultra HD (4K) content and the picture will absolutely blow their mind!  Some of the Ultra HD shows/movies you can stream via Netflix include House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Marco Polo, Smurfs 2, Philadelphia and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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Philips Hue Bloom Accent Light, $79
Comfortable lighting can greatly enhance a music listening or movie watching experience.  The Bloom LED light lets you to add soft pastel or saturated tones of light in the room, allowing you to create a customized atmosphere.  Switch it on/off, dim it and choose from 16 million different colours all with your smartphone.

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TIDAL – High Fidelity Music Streaming Service, $19.99/month
There is no shortage of commercial-free subscription music streaming services.  However most offer low resolution sound that simply doesn’t sound that great.  TIDAL HiFi on the other hand offers true CD resolution that will sound equally good on your portable music device or home hifi system.  For under $100 you can get that music fan on your holiday list started with a 3 or 4 month subscription.

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Local Record Shop Gift Card, $25+
Records are hot (again)!  Great quality pressings are available from most current bands and many classic records are being released all the time.  Surprise the record fan on your list with a gift certificate to a local record shop and they’ll be happy to peruse through rows of records, looking for their favourite artists.  My favourites in Toronto?  Sonic Boom and Sunrise Records. |

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Google Chromecast, $45
Chromecast devices let you stream music and media to a connected TV, turning that TV into a “Smart TV”.  Simply plugging the small Chromecast into the HDMI jack of the TV or audio/video receiver, allows you to cast your favourite content from your smartphone, tablet or computer, right onto the television screen.  Android devices work seamlessly with Chromecast but i-Devices will need an app.

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Apple TV 3rd Generation, $89
If you are looking for a device to stream audio/video content from your iTunes library, there is no better and cheaper way to do it seamlessly than the Apply TV (Gen. 3).  Not only is the tiny box pretty stylish but it also comes with a neat little simple remote, so you don’t need to have an iPad/iPhone with you to control everything.  Cheap, simple, easy and small, what more could you ask for?