So you may not be super passionate about pristine sound quality, frequency compression or EQ enhancement, but you are passionate about quality. For myself, knowing I have products I can rely on, that provide consistent quality and rigour, is essential when it comes to buying.
Having expensive luxury products isn’t always the solution to the having ‘the best of the best’, but in most cases luxury comes hand in hand with the words ‘stress-free’ and ‘enjoyable’. That statement is 100% true for the sound gadgets we’ve reviewed and featured below, which in my opinion are this year’s best in luxury sound, and provide the kind of top quality and stunning beauty C-level suite lifestyle calls for.
1. Evoke C-D6
Most people will likely resort to a Bluetooth speaker and their smartphone these days. But having an elegant all-in-one used to be a real show of class in a proud household; and it still can be.
The Evoke C-D6 is a luxurious all-in-one powerhouse that lets owners enjoy their entire music library to the fullest. Boasting class-leading stereo sound, this stunning system delivers a choice of DAB+/FM radio, wireless Bluetooth streaming and even a slot-loading CD player. It also looks incredible, available in a beautiful wood style finish in either Walnut, Grey Oak or Siena Black.
2. MW60 Wireless Over-Ear
Out of the house style is just as important and walking around with Beats by Dre just doesn’t say enough for your fine taste.
New York City-based premium audio company Master & Dynamic recently announced a new limited-edition capsule collection: four headphones designed in collaboration with tattoo and fine artist Scott Campbell. The Scott Campbell for Master & Dynamic Collection is comprised of MW60 Wireless Over-Ear and MH40 Over-Ear Headphones, both featuring Scott’s signature snake design. The capsule collection is available in two colourways: black metal with black leather and black metal with white leather.
And just as we hit Valentine’s Day, the Master & Dynamic for Scott Campbell Collection features the heartfelt words, “The smartest things I ever did were stupid things for love,” on the ear pad, an ode to the talented artist’s willingness to put passion at the forefront.
3. Libratone Track+
Maybe the above doesn’t match your kind of vibe. Maybe you’re more of an in-ears kind of person. Discreet, simple, much more manageable. And you can’t have ‘luxury’ without Bluetooth/wireless when it comes to earphones, so here’s the Libratone Track+ wireless in ears.
They combine great sound and citymix™ ii (adaptive noise cancellation), in an ultra-compact and flexible form, giving you the freedom to enjoy your favourite music anyhow, anywhere. As some of the lightest and most compact Wireless In-Ear ANC earphones on the market, incredible sound and noise control are always close at hand. Whether you’re commuting, training, travelling or working, their skin friendly, soft and beautiful rubberized design feels comfortable all day long. And with tangle-free storage and reduced cable friction noise, TRACK+ is made for life on the go.
4. BAR A70
Kicking back is also a big part of your busy lifestyle, so when it comes to TV and movies, quality experiences are just as important. This Orbitsound sound system is perfect for a luxury cinema experience at home, and even better for when you’re in and out of rooms around the house.
Orbitsound matches high-quality audio, minimal design and Wi-Fi convenience. It delivers premium Airsound from a single and unobtrusive unit. Ultra-high definition sound, sleek design and smart usability to your home. This sound system is the perfect match for the new generation of Ultra HD TVs. Wall or table mounted, the BAR A70 looks subtle and unobtrusive. Turn it on and enjoy your favourite music or movies in style.
This model also includes the wireless Orbitsound type S3 subwoofer, which is compact and slimline, allowing many convenient placement options. The wireless connection is extremely low latency for in-time, high fidelity sound. The Mass loaded 6.25″ loudspeaker provides powerfully smooth bass, incredible for movies, games and TV alike.
5. Cyrus ONE
Good things come in small packages, especially when it comes to playing audio through smartphones, vinyl, CDs or the output of the TV, and this compact amplifier takes it one step further.
The Cyrus ONE is a 100 watt per channel amp packed full of features including a built-in phono stage for connecting a turntable, Bluetooth® streaming and a high quality headphone amplifier, making it ideal for those seeking a technically advanced but simple to operate product that carries beauty.
The Cyrus ONE is extremely powerful which ensures the true scale and dynamics of any music is accurately reproduced, leading to a wonderfully detailed and impressive musical presentation. It is extremely simple to operate, removing the need to be a technology expert to get the best sound out of the amplifier.
The Cyrus ONE is also fitted with a high-quality phono stage to give you the best of both worlds, digital and vinyl playback. Four additional inputs provide plenty of connectivity for other devices and the amplifier is also suitable for use in home cinema systems thanks to its AV Bypass mode.