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Best for… tunes and pod­casts

1More H1707 triple driver over-ear head­phones £200 Launched this sum­mer, the H1707 head­phones from Bri­tish au­dio man­u­fac­turer 1More prom­ise a “high­fi­delity lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence”. With a Piezo ce­ramic driver and bass re­flex sys­tem, they have been ap­proved by Grammy award-win­ning sound engi­neer Luca Big­nardi. They are built from ma­chined metal in eye-catch­ing black and bronze, and come with an oxy­gen-free cop­per cable that you can plug into your lap­top, phone or in-flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem. The cush­ioned ear pads mean they are com­fort­able to wear for ex­tended pe­ri­ods and can fold in­wards for easy pack­ing. A stor­age bag is pro­vided.

Best for… mak­ing mu­sic

Roli Light­pad Block £169.95 The Block needs to be seen to be be­lieved. In the hands of a keen mu­si­cian, it can be used to lay down en­tire elec­tronic tracks us­ing an in­built drum ma­chine and more than 100 in­di­vid­ual sounds. The tac­tile sil­i­cone rub­ber sur­face is sen­si­tive to how hard you press it – a harder jab equals a louder noise. Con­nect­ing to the Noise app on your iPhone (there is a beta ver­sion on Google Play) al­lows you to switch the Block into its var­i­ous sound modes and to change the softly glow­ing colours so you know which parts of the sur­face will play what sound. At 9.4cm x 9.4cm, it’s small enough to fit into your pocket, and you can snap mul­ti­ple Blocks to­gether to cre­ate a mo­bile stu­dio.

Best for… lay­ing back­ing tracks

Zoom Arq Aero Rhyth­mTrak £499 If you want to make beau­ti­ful sound on the go, give the Zoom Arq a shake. The in­stru­ment, which looks a bit like a tam­bourine, has 96 ve­loc­ity and pres­sure sen­si­tive pads that al­low you to play var­i­ous drum sounds, as well as put on a pro­gram­mable light dis­play. It’s part drum ma­chine, part looper and re­acts in real time to your move­ments, dis­tort­ing the sound and trig­ger­ing new sec­tions of your mu­sic. It is com­posed of two parts – the Base Sta­tion, which con­tains 468 in­stru­ment sounds and 70 syn­the­sizer sounds, and the Ring Con­troller, which you “play” by mov­ing it around (it con­nects to the Base Sta­tion via Blue­tooth).

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