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N90Q headphones by aKG ($1,500; akg.com ); aTh-W1000Z headphones by audio-Technica ($700; audio-technica.com ); momentum 2 headphones by Sennheiser ($350; sennheiser.com ); he1000 headphones by hiFiman ($3,000; hifiman.com )
The Sound and the Purity
The best headphones have always offered a more intimate experience of music—in addition to insulation from the vagaries of room acoustics—for far less money than speakers with comparable sound. Cutting-edge, over-the-ear headphones put you in a high-fidelity zone in a way buds never can. The AKG N90Q cancels whatever noise makes its way past the earcups and has a built-in DAC for playing even hi-res digital recordings. Audio-Technica’s ATH-W1000Z offers rich sound in luxurious teak earcups with its “double air damping system” for improved bass. Sennheiser’s Momentum 2nd Generation gets its sound from nearly 50 years of advanced headphone building and leather from the same source as Rolls-Royce. And the HiFiMan HE1000 trades off sound isolation for greater sound-stage detail. To max it all out, use them with headphone amps. You won’t believe your ears.
Bar on WheelsRs 7,89,000
The Traveler Bar
is a cocktail cabinet designed with textured leather, and an inside finish of Deco walnut wood. It comes with Alexandra key rings and keys. While wheels make it portable, it can also be customised in different finishes and colours. ivyconcepts.in
Basket CasePrice: Rs 1,45,000
The Dragnet chair is made of fabric twisted and wrapped on steel, forming dynamic forms and patterns. Available in red and black. idus.in
Courtesy: Better Interiors
Sun SiestasPrice: On request
This gorgeous Sveva Chaise Longue from the Dehors collection has a lace canopy and purple leather capitonné seat, with the legs and turned elements in a polished chrome-aluminium blend. visionnaire-home.com Courtesy: Better Interiors
This three-piece coffee island is part of the Forest Collection and is made of teakwood. The pieces can be used individually, or be assembled as a combined unit
_The Wood PickerPrice: On request
Knock on Wood, founded by Aarti Aggarwal, custom-makes wooden furniture with a focus on high-quality craftsmanship, fine detail and elegant style. knockonwood.in Courtesy: Better Interiors
Raw and seasoned logs of burnt cassia wood have been shaped into three side tables. The wood is treated in a way that highlights its natural grain
The Forest Flame is a six-foot-long coffee table made out of a single log of wood. It has a natural, burnt finish, and niches have been carved into it to provide spaces for display
The Storyteller is a bookcase that has been pieced together from small bits of wood. It has a brass body and a distressed red surface on the inside
Posh ButtonsPrice: On request
Vertu has launched the Signature Touch for Bentley; a powerful, modern smartphone inspired by the brand’s long-term partnership with the foremost manufacturer of British luxury motor cars.
Featuring two-tone Beluga and Hotspur Bentley leather, with Hotspur stitching, the phone also features knurled side keys, a unique pillow rail and sound bar, and a 3D Bentley logo. A unique Bentley app delivers exclusive content to customers, bringing the world of Bentley alive through tailored events, VIP access and special features designed to integrate Signature Touch with the full range of Bentley cars. It is Vertu’s highest ever technical performance smartphone. vertu.com
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(This story appears in the May-June 2016 issue of ForbesLife India. To visit our Archives, click here.)