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Oracle Recommends: Tech Products for February 2024

Gopro Hero12 Black, £399

Gopro Hero12 Black

GoPro’s HERO12 Black is their best HERO camera to date with amazing 5.3K and 4K quality with HyperSmooth 6.0 video stabilisation and a 177° field of view (when used in conjunction with the Max Lens Mod 2.0). And, of course, it’s durable as anything with a 10m depth waterproof rating and a hydrophobic lens cover to ensure crystal clear images underwater. In many ways GoPro have redefined the adventure camera market and with models like the HERO12 Black, they continue to push further.

Available at GoPro.

Qobuz

Qobuz Music Streaming Platform

Qobuz are a music steaming platform available on desktop and mobile dedicated to curating a complete audio experience for audiophiles. As such, in addition to producing their own music- centred magazine, they utilise the highest quality  audio files possible for the 100 million+ songs they have available, so that you can listen to them the way the artists and recording engineers intended. Plus, with their download purchases system, you can own still own your music collection and tailor it to your preferences. From £10.83/month.

Available at Qobuz.

Meze Audio 109 PRO, £799

Meze Audio 109 PRO

The 109 PRO from Meze Audio are a dynamic set of open back headphones designed to bring you closer to the music. They feature responsibly sourced walnut wood rounds with velour ear cushions to create a comfortable fit that’s luxurious in its design and eco-conscious. It also features a cutting edge w-shaped diaphragm made from carbon fibre in its driver to reduce audio distortion, as well as increase the durability and lightweight properties of the system. They’re also wired to not compromise on sound quality in any degree.

Available at Meze Audio.

Ruark Audio R1 Midnight Blue, £239

Ruark Audio R1 Midnight Blue

Aesthetically, the Ruark R1 Mk4 is an absolute killer with a sleek exterior and a front panel decorated with a wooden slat grille that reminds me of a beach hut or summer decking. In the new Midnight Blue colourway, this is the most subtle iteration of the R1 to date with a dark, navy case. It also rocks good audio quality in a relatively compact frame, measuring 175x135x135mm, allowing it to serve in virtually any location around the house or even portably.

Available at John Lewis.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A9 MonoNeon Limted Edition, £450

Bang Olufsen Beosound A9 MonoNeon Limted Edition

The Beosound A9 is one of the most aesthetically distinctive speakers in the industry, shaped as it is like a disc. It’s equal parts art piece and music technology. This fact makes it the ideal piece for a limited edition collaboration with the artist/ musician MonoNeon, a Grammy-winning bassist. The limited edition features a patchwork embroidery style design that is an homage to the eccentric outfits MonoNeon is known for wearing. Technically the limited edition is a cover that goes over the Beosound A9, so you can add it to an existing speaker if you have one.

Available at Bang & Olufsen.

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