From Bluetooth speakers to headphones to hi-fi, the gift of music is one of the greatest ones of all. But where do you start? Bluetooth speakers are a great gift and their portability makes them highly flexible. If your grad is looking for something a bit more permanent then maybe a new turntable will help kickstart a lifetime of music collecting and appreciation.
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UE WonderboomSarah Tew/CNET
Pocketable Bluetooth speakers don't usually sound all that great, but the UE Wonderboom is the exception. For its size, the affordable and durable UE Wonderboom is one of the fullest sounding mini Bluetooth speakers you can buy.
Sonos OneSarah Tew/CNET
The Sonos One is the first Sonos speaker to have Amazon's Alexa voice assistant built into it. The Wi-Fi speaker also includes Apple AirPlay 2 support and soon Google Assistant as well.
As with earlier Sonos speakers, you can add other Sonos speakers to create a multiroom audio system or a stereo pair.
It's worth noting that there are two generations of this speaker but the differences are slight and you can save money by getting the Gen 1 version.
Bose SoundLink MicroSarah Tew/CNET
The waterproof Bose SoundLink Micro is a pocket-size Bluetooth speaker able to produce richer and louder sound than competing micro wireless speakers. It may be pricier than other models, but its build and sound quality more than justify the difference.
JBL Link 300Sarah Tew/CNET
The Sonos One may be a great speaker but if your grad needs something that can rock a party then they'll need that something to have more oomph. The JBL Link 300 is that speaker. It has plenty of low-end kick and also offers the Google voice assistant so they can queue up their next song.
Pro-Ject PrimarySarah Tew/CNET
The vinyl craze is catching on but owning limited-edition, colored records is only part of the story. Your grad needs something to play them on. The Pro-Ject Primary offers easy setup and excellent performance for under $250.
Vizio SB3621n-e8Sarah Tew/CNET
A television is only half the story if you're setting up a dorm room -- you'll also need a sound system. The Vizio SB3621n-e8 offers a subwoofer as well as Bluetooth connectivity, and it sounds a lot better than the price would have you believe.