Have you ever wondered why car magazines review Lamborghinis and Ferraris in addition to sensible family movers? Most readers will at one time or another in their lives own a sensible family mover. We’d be surprised if one in a ten thousand readers ever owns one of those supercars.
But we can dream, can’t we? We can imagine what it would be like. We’ll examine the test results for the fuel economy of the family sedan, and for the 0 to 100kph acceleration time of the Porsche.
So in that spirit, let’s look at some Christmas present ideas which may or may not be affordable, but are united by the spirit of: wouldn’t I just love to have that!
(But, of course, most of them are wonderfully, excitingly expensive.)
Bryston BLP-1 turntable – $4999
Vinyl has made quite the comeback in recent years, in part because of nostalgia, in part because of claimed sonic superiority. Along with vinyl have come a wealth of cheap and nasty record players that are almost certain to damage your records as well as sound lousy.
To get the best out of your vinyl and keep the records in fine condition for repeated playing, a fine turntable is required. You won’t find many better than the Bryston BLP-1 from one of the best brands in hifi.
Apple iPhone 7 – $1079 to $1379
Yes, we keep returning to the iPhone 7, but if there’s a marker of discrimination in taste available within the mobile phone market, it is surely ownership of the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus. Yes, you can do pretty much everything possible on an iPhone on much cheaper Android phones. But with the same style? Not likely.
Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link – $749
There are fans for cooling you and heaters for warming you. There are even some that do both. But there aren’t many that do both with real style and purify the air at the same time. We shouldn’t be surprised that the engineers and designers at Dyson have come up with such a thing.
Employing Dyson’s signature loop, this device can also automatically swing from side to side, be aimed high or low, and deliver plenty of power quietly.