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E S S E N T I A L S
technofile
MP3s trade
sound quality
for portability, but
a new generation
of bantam-sized
audiophile equipment
lets travellers have their
sonic cake and eat it.
BY CHRISTOPHER LIM
38 | SILVERKRIS.COM
HI-FI
FOR HIGH
FLIERS
PORTABLE MUSIC
PLAYER
SONYWALKMANNWZ-ZX1
€698.99 (US$944)
With this audiophile beast that’s
just 139g, Sony’sWalkman
may become synonymous with
travelling with music again. It can
play pretty much any music file
and its sturdy aluminium body
also reduces playback noise. You
can use your favourite apps – like
YouTube and Spotify – with it;
it’s Android powered and has a
4-inch touchscreen. Its 128GB
of built-in storage has room for
a sizeable music library. And the
built-in rechargeable battery
– good for 32 hours of audio
playback – has got the stamina
for long-haul flights.
sony.com
CLOUD MUSIC
LOCKER
ORASTREAM
FromUS$10/month
You’re stuck withMP3 sound
quality with subscription music
streaming services. And playing
your tunes directly from cloud
storage can be choppy. Enter
OraStream, the world’s first
audiophile music locker. It uses
a unique streaming engine that
throttles your music to lower
quality when network speed
is poor, then automatically
upgrades it to its original quality
when bandwidth’s restored. You
get 2GB of storage for your own
music for free, and music bought
from the OraStream store doesn’t
count towards your quota.
orastream.com
CUSTOM IN-EAR
HEADPHONES
ULTIMATE EARS PERSONAL
REFERENCEMONITORS
US$1,999
Imagine globe trotting with the
in-ear equivalent of 10 speakers
in your luggage. Each earbud
packs five balanced armatures;
each armature is a tiny speaker
dedicated to reproducing a
specific sonic range. And you
decide how your set sounds and
looks by visiting an authorised
dealer: listening to your favourite
music and adjusting a console till
you’re happy with what you hear;
having moulds of your ear canal
taken to get the perfect fit; and
choosing exotic wood veneers for
that ultra-luxe touch.
custom.ultimateears.com