Seven Christmas Gifts for the Tech Junkie - Oracle Time

Seven Christmas Gifts for the Tech Junkie

Naim Mu-So for Bentley, £1,799

Naim Mu-So for BentleyIf you’re worried about getting stuck at home much longer, it’s worth investing in a serious all-in-one audio system; Naim’s flagship mu-so not only plays any format you care to name, but in its latest edition pays homage to the luxurious interiors of the Bentley EXP 100 GT. It can also be scaled up to a full, multi-room system with sound quality as fantastic as the new, stunning copper-and-African hardwood aesthetics.

Available at Naim Audio.

Netgear Meural Canvas II, £649.99

Netgear Meural Canvas II

Digital photo frames are generally a bit eye-roll-inducing, but the Meural Canvas II sets itself apart in two ways. Firstly, it looks fantastic – as close to real as a digital screen can get thanks to its innovative TrueArt Technology. Secondly, you can choose from over 30,000 works from iconic artists and up-and-comers both, switching between them to match your mood or the time of day. Or just ask Alexa to do the work for you; may as well add art curator to her ever-growing CV.

Available at Netgear.

Linn Series 3, from £2,950

Linn Series 3

Audiophiles are ever apt to dismiss wireless speakers: ‘They’re just not as good!’ they cry from their sound-proofed pulpits. Well, introduce them to the Linn Series 3 and you may well have a conversion on your hands. Linn’s first plug-and-play masterpiece is elegant, precise and matches its room-filling clarity with flowing curves and natural materials – and in the Harrods-exclusive launch piece, a luxurious gold grille, switched to chrome at Linn’s own stores and Selfridges. The perfect start to a serious multi-room system.

Available at Linn Products.

DJI Osmo Pocket, £329

DJI Osmo Pocket

Professional videographers, be afraid. For less than £350, this pocket-sized camera is a fully-stabilised 4K powerhouse, able to take clean, clear and completely shake-free shots at a moment’s notice. You can even set what the camera focuses on for a touch of cinematic flair, and link it to your phone to preview on a larger screen. Looking for a portable video camera to up your vlogging out and about? Look no further.

Available at DJI.

LG Full HD 1080P CineBeam Compact Projector, £469

LG Full HD 1080P CineBeam Compact Projector

Now that we’re in the 4K era, your old projector’s just not going to cut it anymore. Instead, upgrade and downsize in one fell swoop with LG’s latest portable number, able to project an up-to-100-inch display. It automatically aligns to the surface to correct for distortion, has 2.5 hours of battery life (enough for most films short of The Irishman) and can fit in a rucksack easily. It’s portable performance perfection; in lieu of actual cinemas, LG’s latest CineBeam is the next-best thing.

Available at LG.

KEF LS50 Wireless II Speakers, £2,250

KEF LS50 Wireless II Speakers

Wireless streaming doesn’t need to mean a dropping of quality, as KEF’s latest, visually charming piece of audio tech proves. Despite minimal set-up being required through the KEF Connect app, the tech hidden in this curved, minimal cabinet is bleeding-edge, including the world’s first application of Metamaterial Absorption Technology, which all but eliminates high frequency distortion. That means a wonderfully pure, natural sound. For something that can fit on a bookshelf, that’s pretty spectacular.

Available at KEF.

Wharfedale Diamond 12.4 Speakers, £699

Wharfedale Diamond 12.4 Speakers

If you’re after something with a bit more heft than a bookshelf speaker but don’t want to splash out on the top end of the audiophile spectrum, look no further than the latest Diamond 12 Series from British manufacturer Wharfedale. Combining proprietary Klarity™ (an advanced, low distortion material) cones with low-damping surrounds, this series – especially the phenomenal floor standing 12.4 speakers – might have an affordable price tag, but they certainly don’t sound it.

Available at Wharfedale.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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