THE GEAR WE’RE LUSTING AFTER
The gear we’re lusting after this month.
McIntosh XRT1.1K Loudspeaker mcintoshlabs.com $60,000 per pair
>>> The HomePod’s eight speaker drivers are smart, sure, but you know what’s even smarter? 70 drivers. Per speaker. In a stereo set. Fresh from McIntosh’s HQ in Binghamton, NY, are its latest amazing sound creation. Each 172lb speaker has four bass drivers, two low–mid drivers, 24 upper–mid drivers, and 40(!) tweeters — and all are made from an advanced nanocarbon material. And if the cost seems high, then keep in mind they borrow a load of tech from their bigger brothers, which cost about double what these do…
Leica D–Lux 7 us.leica-camera.com $1,195
>>> Ah, you think we’re going from one super–luxury thing to another? Not so fast. This is one of Leica’s more mid–range cameras, which come from its connection to Panasonic. With a 17MP sensor, compact body and short 24–75mm lens, this is pocketable, but takes amazing photos (and 4K video). It’s pretty much a Panasonic LX100 II with a much cooler Leica design, and some other touches, like USB–C. There’s an electronic viewfinder, Wi–Fi and Bluetooth, so it’s really well–specced.
Drinkworks Home Bar drinkworks.com $299
>>> Want to be able to make fantastic cocktails at parties without the hassle? Or even just whenever you want? Just drop a pod into one of these and there you go. From Keurig, the maker of coffee from a pod, comes basically that, but for alcoholic mixed drinks. There are 25 pod flavors, which contain everything needed to get an ideal Cosmopolitan, Old Fashioned, White Russian or loads more. It can carbonate, mix, and cool to the perfect temperature as it goes, customized for each drink. It’s your own personal Tom Cruise, without the weird energy.
Razer BlackWidow Lite razer.com From $89.99
>>> Razer is bringing the keyboard–building skills that make it popular in the gaming world to any desktop. The BlackWidow Lite still has an overly dramatic name, but it’s made for pro environments, using the company’s own satisfying mechanical key switches, but in a quieter version (and with extra o– rings to cut down on sound further). The idea is that you get the accuracy of mechanical, without driving your colleagues crazy. It has a compact design, too. You can still create macros and shortcuts just like on Razer’s gaming keyboards, but you can do it in a professional way, we guess.