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Tech Treats

A selection of this summer’s must-have tech

Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000 high-resolution portable music player
Bisque Red Gold radiator collection
Smeg x Dolce&Gabbana
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Ruark Audio R7 Mk3 radiogram

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This latest television model from the German manufacturer ties old to new with its sleek 1960s-inspired geometric design and 55- or 65-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. A vast range of colours is possible through its high dynamic range and Dolby Vision. Add in two aesthetic finishes – natural silver oak or high-gloss piano black – and you have a progressive yet room-ready TV, which is thinner than the average smartphone to boot. Visit

Ruark Audio, R7 Mk3

Created in a bid to bring back the once-ubiquitous radiogram (a radio and music system in a cabinet), this R7 update from Ruark Audio succeeds in conjuring up not just an audio station, but a piece of slinky furniture in its own right. The decidedly British-looking exterior of milled grille fabric plus rich walnut or soft grey lacquer, combined with elegant spindle legs, is a great touch. The player itself accepts CDs, with Spotify Connect built in too. More traditional music fans can take the old-school vibe further: the Mk3 has a dedicated turntable port for vinyl-spinners. 

Astell&Kern, A&ultima SP1000 

This edgy, big-storage (256GB), high-resolution portable music player backs up the polished design with second-to-none performance credentials. Astell&Kern promises minimal distortion resulting from advanced signal management plus accurate playback, while the player’s USB Type-C support permits file-transfer speeds of 10gbps. Married to an information-friendly touchscreen with a play button on the home screen and the jewel-in-the-crown gemstone crown-patterned volume wheel, the SP1000 will delight music aficionados. Visit

Bisque, Red Gold radiator collection

Red Gold marks the first update to Bisque’s series of luxe stainless steel bathroom radiators for many years. A selection of these models can now be finished with this rose-gold tint, with five sturdy valve options for the desired radiator. Red Gold is available from September. Visit

Smeg x Dolce&Gabbana, Sicily is My Love kitchen collection

Witness a collection of snazzy toasters, kettles, juicers and more fit for any designer kitchen. The fruit of a collaboration between Smeg and Dolce&Gabbana, and an ode to the Italian island, these eye-catching accessories – each line emblazoned with a unique design – show off classic Sicilian motifs along with floral patterns informed by the Southern Italy landscape and culture, such as Mount Etna, Greek temples and Mediterranean fruits. Visit

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