The most stylish technology to buy now

The most stylish technology to buy now

Astell & Kern A&ultima SP1000M high-res audio player, £1,999

Compatible with studio-quality Direct Stream Digital audio files, this portable player is capable of playing the highest resolution music files. The lapis lazuli-coloured case is made of aluminium. Just add headphones.

Fujifilm Instax Mini-Link, £89.99

This battery-powered printer connects wirelessly to a smartphone’s camera to produce Polaroid-style credit-card sized prints. It can also be used as a remote control and comes with a raft of overlay templates.

Sony Aibo, $2,899.99

Just like a real puppy but without the smell or mess, Aibo is a robot dog that can be taught tricks. It also uses AI to learn which humans are friendly and worth cosying up to.

Wood’d Wireless charger, £75

Wood’d is a Milan-based family firm specialising in tech accessories made from wood. This wireless charger uses laser-cut wood that has been sanded and varnished by hand. It is compatible with later-generation iPhones.

Transparent Sound small transparent speaker, £450

This glass and metal speaker is designed to be future-proof and accommodate wireless upgrades. It uses Bluetooth or can have a streaming device inserted into it.

Naim Mu-so Special Edition, £695

Worth owning just for the pleasure of playing with its beautifully engineered volume dial, this music streaming centre has built-in speakers and a hefty 450W of power. It is compatible with most audiophile network formats.

Ruark Linley Tempo radio, £1,295

High-end audio specialist Ruark has collaborated with marquetry specialist David Linley to produce this DAB and FM radio, which features a goatskin panel and is encased in bolivar, tay, ash, anegre, sycamore or birch veneers.

KEF LSX wireless speakers, £999 a pair

What looks like one speaker driver is in fact two — KEF has placed the LSX’s high-frequency generating tweeter in the middle of the bass/mid-range driver to enhance the precision of the sweet spot. Clad with Kvadrat fabric and available in five strong colours.

iFi Aurora bamboo music system, €1,499

Taking its design cues from architecture that can be seen in Tokyo’s Omotesando and Harajuku districts this bamboo-clad all-in-one system has multiple wired and wireless connections as well as traditional valve amplification for a warm sound.

Flyte Royal levitating LED lightbulb, €299

The power of opposing magnetic forces is harnessed to ensure this lamp’s lightbulb constantly levitates 60mm above its oak base. Simply tap the base to switch the LED bulb on or off.

Focal Stellia headphones, £2,795

Supplied with a 3m XLR cable for use at home with a high-end amplifier, these headphones can also be used with a portable audio player. Proprietary Beryllium dome drivers help reproduce finely detailed sounds.

Linn Timorous Beasties 530 music system, £12,200

After Linn developed a fabric that would not affect the acoustic properties of its 530 speakers (which are supplied with a music streamer) it turned to Timorous Beasties to spruce up the cloth’s aesthetic. New additions to the hand-printed range are inspired by flora and fauna.

Seagate One touch SSD SE, £90.50

Available in four camouflage prints, this drive has the footprint of a credit card yet provides 500GB of external storage. A USB 3.0 jack allows video to be streamed at 400 megabits per second to a laptop.

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