The Wishlist: 20 Best Gifts for the Media Junkie

Nov 19, 2021

Category: Tech

Whether it’s TV shows, ebooks, movies, or video games, we now have access to more content than at any period in history — and by a pretty enormous margin. Fully capitalizing on this wealth of content, however, does require a specific selection of gear, gadgets, and electronics. Because today’s technology evolves at such a rapid rate, shopping for the latest and greatest electronics and tech items can be a daunting task. Recognizing this, we’ve gone ahead and scoured the segment, doing all the research and heavy-lifting for you in order to deliver this handpicked guide to the best gifts for the media junkie.

Netflix Gift Card

Available in a wide variety of dollar amounts, this gift card allows you to give the gift of enjoying any of the more than 3,600 movies and 1,800 shows that currently comprise Netflix’s massive library of content.

Purchase: $25+

SEGA Genesis Control Pad

This recreated replica controller from the SEGA Genesis console lets gamers enjoy old-school titles on the Nintendo Switch (and the OLED and Lite versions of the Switch).

Purchase: $50

Roku Ultra

The latest and most advanced streaming device from Roku, this unit supports both 4K video and Dolby Atmos sound, taking your viewing experience to the next level.

Purchase: $90

Amazon Echo Show 15

Featuring the largest display ever seen on an Amazon smart assistant, the Echo Show 15 boasts a 15.6″ 1080p full HD display and a built-in 5MP camera, plus is compatible with the rest of Amazon’s smart home devices.

Purchase: $250

Facebook x Rayban Stories Smart Glasses

Produced in a variety of different frame styles, these smart glasses were born out of a collaboration between Rayban and Facebook and enable users to effortlessly capture and record video in their day-to-day lives.

Purchase: $299+

GoPro HERO10 Black

GoPro’s newest and most advanced action camera, the HERO10 Black is backed by an all-new GP2 sensor, allowing for 5.3K video and 23MP stills. The action cam also sports a host of special features like TimeWarp and Advanced HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilization.

Purchase: $400+

Xbox Series X

After being sold out almost everywhere for months, Microsoft’s next-gen console can now occasionally be purchased from a variety of vendors — provided you pay attention to restocks. And, unlike when it launched, there are now dozens and dozens of available new video game titles to enjoy on this state-of-the-art system.

Purchase: $499+

Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset

Boasting everything needed to dive into the world of VR, this all-in-one Oculus bundle includes Oculus Touch Controllers and the actual VR headset which contains 64GB of onboard storage.

Purchase: $550

Fluance Ai61 Bookshelf Speakers & DB12 Sub

Upgrading your sound system makes for a markedly more immersive viewing experience, and Fluance delivers incredible sound at an affordable price with its Ai61 Bookshelf Speakers & DB12 Sub bundle.

Purchase: $592

Apple iPad Pro

Manufactured in 11″ and 12.7″ sizes, Apple’s newest iPad Pro is powered by the tech company’s new M1 chip and features an ultra-crisp Liquid Retina XDR display, a Pro-spec camera setup with onboard LiDAR scanners, and up to 2TB of storage.

Purchase: $799+

BenQ HT2150ST Short-Throw Projector

BenQ’s award-winning HT2150ST Short-Throw Projector affords stellar picture quality, with the 353-watt STP boasting a 2,200-lumen output and an even more impressive 15,000:1 contrast ratio.

Purchase: $800

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H95

Quite possibly the finest pair of ANC headphones that money can currently buy, the Beoplay H95 are crafted from a combination of polymer, titanium, aluminum, and lambskin and cowhide leathers, and it features a pair of 40mm electro-dynamic, Neodymium magnet-equipped titanium drivers.

Purchase: $849

Nikon Z fc Camera

A wildly capable, professional-grade mirrorless camera with an unheard of sub-$1,000 MSRP, the Nikon Z fc model features an unmistakably old-school design that conceals a thoroughly modern sensor and a suite of hardware, allowing it to shoot in full 4K resolution.

Purchase: $960+

Technics SL-1200 MK7

Since its release in 1972, Technics’ SL-1200 has stood as the industry standard in the DJ realm, and has only grown more capable with each new iteration. Now on its 7th generation, the latest version of this top-shelf turntable has been upgraded in just about every area imaginable.

Purchase: $1,000

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar

Modern soundbars can be a fantastic alternative to traditional surround sound speaker setups, and when it comes to this segment it really doesn’t get much better than Bowers & Wilkin’s top-of-the-line Formation Bar, with its Dolby Digital decoder, trio of 1″ tweeters, six 2.6″ subs, and collective 240W output.

Purchase: $1,200

DJI FPV Combo

Capable of shooting video in 4K (at 60FPS), DJI’s FPV drone offers the performance of racing drones — with an 87mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of just 2 seconds — in an intuitive and easy-to-pilot package.

Purchase: $1,299

Sony Xperia PRO-1 Smartphone

Engineered specifically for content creators, the Sony Xperia PRO-1 is a cutting-edge smartphone with a 24mm dual-aperture Zeiss Tessar lens and Sony’s 1″ BIONZ X imaging processor, allowing for shooting 4K video and 12MP stills.

Purchase: $1,799

Apple MacBook Pro

Another newly-released Apple product powered by the tech giant’s mighty new M1 chip, the latest MacBook Pro — which is the most powerful iteration of the notebook ever released — features a Liquid Retina XDR display, and up to a 10-Core CPU and a 16-Core GPU.

Purchase: $1,999+

Astell&Kern A&ultima SP2000T

For audiophiles seeking the absolute best in high-fidelity sound, Astell&Kern’s A&ultima SP2000T is the device to have, with the hi-fi music player packing a triple vacuum tube amp system, dual-band Wi-fi support, and Astell&Kern’s TERATON ALPHA Ultimate Sound Solution tech.

Purchase: $2,499

SPARCO SIM RIG II

A complete, state-of-the-art turnkey racing sim rig, this item is comprised of a 49″ curved Samsung HDR-4K display, SPARCO P310 Competition-modded Thrustmaster TS-XW RACER steering wheel and pedals, a SPARCO Evolve cockpit with a SPARCO racing seat and monitor stand, a Logitech wireless keyboard, and a SPARCO Edition MSI Infinite X CPU with an Intel Core i7 processor.

Purchase: $6,999

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