Home Theatre systems are generally all about quality, power and detail, but LG thinks design can’t be ignored. Presenting the all new HT762TT—it’s got 5 speakers and a subwoofer that total up to 700W of power that should be enough to blow the windows off the walls. While it may all be about aggressive power and chaos, its design is elegant and soothing and blends in well with your designer room. To take it beyond being just another fancy speaker set, they have put in VSM (Virtual Sound Matrix) which delivers a sensation of surround sound like you would get from 10 satellite speakers instead of 5. Plug in your USB devices to the system and you can playback MP3s, WMAs, DivX videos or even photos from your outings.
The Mach4 is a Quad-Xbox360 chained together to power the three gigantic 37-inch Sharp 1080p screens. A Microsoft Force Feedback Steering wheel is used to steer. The fourth Xbox360 powers the smaller 7-inch screen that is your rear-view mirror. There’s a Sparco racing seat and a 1900-Watt vibration system to ensure you feel every bit of unevenness on the track, and two fans to help you feel the wind in your hair. The price? £12,500 (Rs 10,50,000)—much more sensible to buy a real car, isn’t it?
The iPhone isn’t the only Apple gadget to get cloned by companies from our side of the world. There have been talks of ASUS apparently working alongside Apple on a “Mac-tablet” for some time now, but a company called Axiotron has already beaten them to it. Yes, there is, in fact, an Apple tablet that isn’t made by Apple. The Modbook, as it’s called, is based on the Macbook. A quick search on Google reveals 2 models of the Modbook—both between the price of $2,279 (Rs 94,000) and $2,479 (Rs 1,02,000). This isn’t some handicapped version of the Macbook, it’s the whole shebang—a Core 2 Duo processor, a 80 / 160 GB hard drive, a 13.3-inch touchscreen (obviously), a stylus powered by WACOM’s Penabled technology, WiFi, and even a inbuilt GPS! All this runs on the OS X Tiger operating system. It’s not like they were running out of space to stuff in more things either. They even give you the option to put in 4 GB of memory and up to 570 GB of disk space!
If there’s anything more desirable than a set of ultra-high quality headphones, we don’t really want to know. The Ultrasone limited headphones that cost $1,500 (Rs 63,000) are touted as the world’s best, and many audiophiles would agree! The ‘phones use 40mm Titanium plated Mylar drivers, and they can play frequencies from 8 to 35000 Hz—well beyond the human ear’s capacity. Ultrasone’s S-Logic technology gives a great sound stage performance to the Edition 9. To keep your head pampered, exotic Ethiopian sheep leather has been used on the earpads and headband.
Olive OPUS N°5
The Olive OPUS N°5 is in a class of its own when it comes to high-end music players. It comes in flavours of 400, 500 and 750 GB, which translates to weeks of non-stop, non-repeating, high quality music. The creators have ensured perfect audio quality by choosing the best DACs (digital to analog converter) and sophisticated power supply components to isolate any disturbances. It’s not lacking in features either—it can be controlled through a PC or a mobile phone thanks to wired and wireless connectivity. This also means you can also stream music from over the Internet. There’s even provision for plugging in USB devices and you can use it to burn CDs as well. The price for the 400 GB model is $2,999 (Rs 1,22,000), $100 (Rs 4,100) more gets you the 500 GB model, and another $100 for the 750 GB.