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THE GEAR WE’RE LUST­ING AF­TER

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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.

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