To Dads, From Dads: 11 Gifts on our Father's Day Wish Lists
We've long been affectionately nicknamed "The Father's Day Store", year round. We've got the gear that adds the fun to the outdoor BBQ or day by the pool. (Staycation, anyone?). The gear that takes movie night from naptime to hair-raising or jaw-dropping. The gear that provides a joyous, and often pleasantly nostalgic escape into a vinyl collection or digital playlist. "We don't move products, we move people"... something our Founder and CEO, Bob Cole has said. Seriously, give us one scene from Seabiscuit in one of our theaters and we'll make dad cry. We've got the gifts that deliver on a rediscovery of a love of music, of movies, and all things gadgety and cool.
So, whether you're the gifter or giftee, these are the gifts the dads of World Wide Stereo want for Father's Day this year. Need we say more?
1. An outdoor landscape speaker system...
Ron's #1 Pick: Sonance Garden Series Landscape Speaker System
My favorite Fathers Day gift idea? The Sonance Garden Series landscape speaker system with the extra subwoofer. This system sounds awesome and is great for bigger backyards. To complete it, I recommend the HEOS link wireless preamp. This way, you can play your favorite song from your phone quicker than you can order a shorti hoagie at the local Wawa. If the kids won’t pony up for that, my backup gift idea is the Sonance Patio Series Outdoor Audio System. We have this set up at home, paired with a few Planter speakers to blend in with the landscaping. It sounds excellent and is great for our fire pit." - Ron Rumer, Vice President, Sales
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2. And a beautiful work of art inside for me and my wife...
Ron's #2 Pick: Samsung 55-inch The Frame QLED 4K UHD Smart TV
Long story short: my wife, Lisa LOVES Samsung's Frame TV. I love her. What's better than that? Here's why The Frame is cool: the picture is just spectacular! The ART mode transforms your TV into a beautiful framed painting or photograph that you can update through the Samsung Art Store. You can also choose from your own photo library and put up family photos. It's a TV when it's on and artwork when it's off - and it really does look like the real thing." - Ron Rumer, Vice President, Sales
3. An outdoor TV hole-in-one
Shawn's Pick: Seura 65" Ultra Bright Outdoor Television
Who says you can't mix fun in the sun with a high end television? With this Seura Ultra Bright outdoor TV, dad can sit poolside while enjoying the ball game in crisp HDR 4K. With over 1000 nits (nit = a measure of brightness), this TV is 55% brighter than previous designs so it can withstand the sunniest parts of any summer day. Make your father smile this year by upgrading his backyard by gifting an outdoor media room that the whole family can get in on. Outdoor movie nights, game nights... you name it. - Shawn Thome, Sales & System Designer
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4. A really, really fun commute...
Chris' Pick: The Kenwood DDX9907XR 6.8" CD/DVD Touchscreen Receiver with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
The Kenwood DDX9907XR is arguably one of the best sounding touchscreens in existence (and I love my music sounding good!). It's Android ready. I simply plug in my Pixel Smartphone and Android Auto launches on the Kenwood's touchscreen. From the touchscreen, I can control everything from my incoming and outgoing calls and texts, manage music playlists in apps like Tidal, Google Play Music, Pandora, etc. I can also pop open Waze or Google Maps to get me to my destination. I feel like I should mention that the DDX9907XR does have Apple CarPlay built into it too, so iPhone users can use many of the same apps on their journeys. All in all, it's a really neat unit and offers a TON of features besides the ones I mentioned." - Chris Mulhearn, Car & Marine Sales & System Designer
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5. A gift for the vinyl-lover...
Chad's Pick: U-Turn Orbit Special Turntable
So your husband has been talking about getting back into vinyl but how far is he really going to take this journey back into time? You don’t want to disappoint by being too thrifty on a player that does a better job scratching the vinyl than actually playing it, and you don’t want to invest your entire savings into something he might just use every once in awhile. The U-Turn Orbit special completely fits the bill by checking all the boxes of higher end turntables without breaking the bank. A decoupled motor, an Ortofon Red cartridge, and a retro style tone arm that floats on top of a clear platter to expose the entire real walnut plinth! This is a serious turntable for under $500. Of course, if money is no object for dad, the McIntosh MT5 Precision Turntable is like... aaaaaaahhh (drool)." - Chad Snedaker, Sales & System Designer
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6. Wireless outdoor entertainment for the grill master...
Dave's Pick: Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 Outdoor Speakers + Denon HEOS wireless amp
Relax outside with your favorite music after manning the grill during family BBQs or doing yard work. With a pair of AM-1 outdoor speakers from Bowers & Wilkins and the Denon HEOS wireless amp, all you have to do is sit back, grab your phone to select a song, and start listening. I also love that when my buddies are over, it's easy for them to join in. They can play their music via Bluetooth without having to download any apps or hop on the family Wi-Fi network. If there is an outdoor TV, the HEOS amp has inputs to accept sound from the cable box or TV — perfect for game day." - Dave Sailer, Sales & Systems Designer
Shop the Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 outdoor speakers
Shop the Denon HEOS wireless amp
7. An Audiophile Grade Hifi System...
Adam's Pick: Focal Aria 948 Floorstanding Speaker + NAD M10 BluOS Streaming Amplifier with Audioquest Blizzard power cables and Rocket 44 speaker wires
This is a phenomenal, modestly priced audiophile grade hifi system. The NAD master series integrated amp with Bluesound and the most amazing room calibration system I have ever heard called Dirac. The room that you put your system in can alter the sound tremendously, so with Dirac room correction you can be sure that the room will get out of the way of altering the performance of the speakers. Just sit back and enjoy! The Focal Aria 948 floorstanders have a rich, full body sound with crystal clean highs - not ear fatiguing at all! Because of the high efficiency of the speakers they sound great at all volumes, low and high. The Audioquest blizzard power cable will unleash all the potential of the NAD amplifier, while the rocket 44 speaker cable will deliver all of that sound to the speakers like an engine delivering all of the potential horsepower to the wheels. This setup will outperform setups costing twice as much. This is it for me!" - Adam Domurad, Sales & System Designer
Shop the Focal Aria 948 Floorstanding Speakers
Shop the NAD M10 Master Series BluOS Streaming Amplifier
Shop the Audioquest Blizzard High-Current 15 AMP AC Power Cable
Shop the Audioquest Rocket 44 Full-Range Speaker Cable
8. One receiver that can do it all...
Mario's Pick: Marantz SR6014 9.2CH 4k Ultra HD AV Receiver with HEOS Built-in
A receiver is not boring! Trust me. It's on my list every year. This Marantz receiver has 9 channels of amplification for a 5.2.4 Dolby Atmos/DTSX Built-in Bluetooth transmitter for Bluetooth Wireless headphones so you can listen through the speakers at a lower volume and through the headphones at a higher volume. Plus, it has my favorite streaming service, HEOS, built right in! Yes, please." - Mario Patelmo, Sales & System Designer
Shop the Marantz SR6014 9.2CH 4k Ultra HD AV Receiver with HEOS Built-in
9. Waterproof GPS Swimming Watch...
Vince's Pick: Garmin Swim 2 GPS Smartwatch
My absolute favorite place in the world is by my pool with my grandson. And he's got a lot of energy. This Garmin sport watch is rugged, waterproof, and has GPS, so it can handle our games and, with pool mode, I can monitor my underwater heart rate, track distance, pace, stroke count, stroke type and distance per stroke... you name it. There's also an open-water swim mode for tracking swims in lakes, oceans or rivers. The battery life is seriously impressive, too." - Vince Brooks, Warehouse Manager
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10. The ultimate listening room...
Bob's Pick: McIntosh MA252 Integrated Amp & Focal Sopra Floorstanding Speakers
Go with a gift you really don't need, but would really freaking love and then wonder how you'd ever lived without it... like the McIntosh MA252 tube integrated amplifier and Focal Sopra floorstanding speakers. They will look beautiful on display, and deliver a music experience akin to a live concert day after day — and you won't have to step out the door. Just add a high resolution streamer, and you can listen to nearly any song ever created." - Bob Cole, CEO & Founder
Shop the McIntosh MA252 tube amplifier
Shop the Focal Sopra floorstanding speakers
11. The hottest sound bar—that raises the bar...
Ryan's Pick: Sonos Arc Wireless Sound bar with Dolby Atmos
Get dad something that will look and sound great hanging under the TV or sitting on a cabinet. The brand new Sonos Arc is a sound bar is an AWESOME upgrade to your TV's sound and will bring the room back to life with terrific audio and new impressive ATMOS features. The Arc can easily be controlled with the free Sonos app to control the audio, but also to wirelessly stream music (or you can use the tv remote, of course). If you want to keep dad awake during his “favorite movies” then add the Sub for ground shaking bass. Ryan Rumer, Sales & System Designer
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