Gadg et Guru’s magic box
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!