Gadg et Guru’s magic box

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Got an Ap­ple Watch and wanna make that bad boy ‘way pimp’? Head to ul­lushop.com for some se­ri­ously nice strap­page. Prices start at $99 (£67) for leather (plain or dyed) and go up to $399 (£270) for al­li­ga­tor – and they also do stingray and os­trich. It’s like din­ner round at Guru’s house! Gib­son used to be known for mak­ing gui­tars – and for all Guru knows, it still is.

But hot on the heels of its ex­cel­lent Trainer run­ning head­phones come the Philips SHB8850NC cans (left, £90). Yes, Philips au­dio is now a sub­di­vi­sion of Gib­son. These head­phones serve up both Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and ac­tive noise can­celling, which makes them some­thing of a steal, espe­cially if you’re look­ing for both of those things.

GaGu’s favourite launch this month was the MyZone MZ-3 (£130, see op­po­site page), at one of those mod­ern gyms where they play loud mu­sic. His low-rent, so-called ‘gad­get ex­pert’ ri­vals were made to do push-ups and run on tread­mills while a gym Nazi yelled in­struc­tions at them, to a pound­ing trance sound­track. Guru made his ex­cuses, picked up a a free cof­fee. MyZone That’s and how wen­tit’s done.for Guru is a big fan of vinyl – both records with mu­sic on that dads like, and the plas­tic in gen­eral. His favourite turntable for the for­mer is the VPI No­mad (above, £999). It’s ready to go with min­i­mal fuss, thanks to both a built-in phono pre-amp AND a built-in head­phone amp. But Guru’s favourite de­sign fea­ture is that its “plat­ter ro­tates on an oil-bath bear­ing and is fit­ted to the shaft with a #2 Jacobs Ta­per”. Woof! Guru has at­tached it to a petrol-pow­ered gen­er­a­tor on a trol­ley, plugged in a pair of Flare Au­dio Ref­er­ence R1 cans (£750), and is now drag­ging it around North Lon­don as the ul­ti­mate retro-ironic ‘por­ta­ble stereo’. He’s said it be­fore and will say it again: GaGu is mad for ro­bot vac­uum clean­ers. He loves them. Car­nally. And his cur­rent pick is Neato’s Bot­vac Con­nected (£550). Not only does this boast ex­em­plary clev­er­ness and strong filth-suck­ing, it can also be set to work re­motely via your phone. Is that use­ful? No, not re­ally. Is it cool? Hell, yeah!

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