Stuff Picks: The most gorgeous digital music system for audio- and design-philes

Plus a nifty gadget that turns your phone in a hi fi-quality player and a cool vacuum coffee maker

KEF LS50 Wireless ‘Nocturne’ by Marcel Wanders, S$3999

UK’s oldest and highly respected KEF has teamed up with another legend from the design world on a special edition of its famous LS50 Wireless Digital Music System. The LS50 Wireless ‘Nocturne’ by Marcel Wanders is a stunning pair of passive speakers that wouldn’t look out of place on the Enterprise, with a design bearing audio notation symbols and glow-in-the-dark elements – a visual representation of sound at night, if you will. Quality-wise, this takes after the LS50, with KEF’s renowned Uni-Q driver technology setting the tweeter in the acoustic centre of the bass/midrange cone, so sound is dispersed more evenly throughout the room. There’s also a 192kHz/24-bit high-resolution digital signal path throughout, as well as a dedicated Digital-to-Analogue Converter for each channel, for optimal transmission. If you’re chomping at the bit to get one, you’’ll have to wait though: it will only retail from December at Analogue+, Robinsons at The Heeren, Tangs at Tang Plaza and Tangs VivoCity. But you can test it out and place preorders from next week at the KEF Singapore store at The Adelphi and Tangs Orchard.

Chord Electronics Poly, S$999

If the Nocturne is what you need for awesome hi-fi audio at home, Chord Electronics’ Poly is the answer for when you’re on the go. This hip 70s-inspired portable music streamer partners with the Moji DAC to essentially magick your smartphone into a hi-fi quality audio system, turning “regular” wirelessly streamed tunes into audio gems. It’s also a music player with up to nine hours of playback (thanks to a rechargeable LiPo battery) and an unlimited-capacity Micro SD card slot – so you can feed it your 347,052-strong library with no trouble. Get it from AV One, E1 Personal Audio, Jaben, Stereo, Zepplin and Lazada.sg. 

Bodum ePebo Vacuum Coffee Maker, S$369

Bodum’s celebrated Pebo vacuum coffee maker has fascinated coffee and science fans alike since it was launched a few years ago (it was called the Santos back then). Now there’s an electric version which means you no longer have to use a stove. Like the Pebo, the ePebo works by harnessing expanding and contracting gases to create a vacuum and push boiling water from the lower chamber into the upper one to mix with the coffee grounds. It’s filter-free and easy to clean – not to mention super entertaining to observe. Your family may just give up TV watching for this. The ePebo is on sale now at Robinsons, Metro, Tangs and Courts Megastore.