Alvin Thomas takes a look at some of the more richest and opulent kit about.
Let’s just make a few things clear here: the C SEED 201 is the most expensive television in the world, and even if you have the brass to purchase one, you will still require a private mansion or a yacht to store it in. The television, which is also a part of Porsche Design, measures in at an astonishing 510cm – making this the “world’s largest LED television display”. The 780,000 LEDs are 10 times brighter than a normal TV display, and also produces crystal-clear images, in bright daylight. Oh, and you can also raise, lower or even rotate the television using your remote control. All of this is yours for RO252,175 (making this the most expensive Porsche on sale today) from cseed.tv.
Have you ever tasted “regular” tea and thought to yourself: “Hey, this tea could have been much better?” If so, we have some good news for you: it’s the Teforia Tea Infuser, and it could alter the way you drink tea… forever! For starters, it looks like it belongs in a chemistry lab of sorts but the most amazing feature of this gadget is that it can read tea packages (mostly all renowned brands) and automatically initiate the optimal brewing recipe. And if you thought that was all, you’re wrong. The guys at Teforia have also managed to make the device WiFi-ready meaning you can control it via your smartphone. All of this is yours for a mere RO577 from amazon.com.
If you’re a music enthusiast, chances are that you’re going to have a neat set of earphones to go along with your phones or iPods. But, a real audiophile would tell you that earphones aren’t ideal, and that you would have to upgrade to headphones to get a feel of what the music composer really intended you to hear. And with that in mind, we present to you the Sennheiser HD 800 Reference Dynamic Headphone and Amplifier.
Without a doubt, these are the closest you can get to converting bland digital waves into clear analog waves for that optimum listening experience. The open-back design also contributes to the clarity and detail in the music. The final product is phenomenal, and you must try it out to believe it. Yours for a hefty RO1155 from amazon.com.
When compared to Sennheiser and other audio brands, Goldmund may not strike you as a brand of preference, solely because of their lack of experience. But that has not stopped them from producing what is, arguably, the most expensive set of speakers in the world. The Goldmund Logos Anatta, is based on a limited edition set from 25 years ago, and it pays homage to the “Apologue” that was designed by Italian artist Claudio Rotta Loria. The speakers are essentially three cubes of varying sizes – adding up to a total of 1.6 metres – that are strategically positioned one above the other on a metallic frame. A few materials that go into the design include high quality steel, ultra-rigid brass rhodium, and gold. This could be yours for RO113,575 (same as a Ferrari 488 Spider) from goldmund.com.
App of the Week
Upset by the number of digits of those gadgets? Fear not. Maybe this mobile application will make you feel better about yourself. The VIP Black is a simple app that makes use of a unified server, which allows you to hire a new butler or even book private jets. Think of it as Uber with a few more frills attached. Of course, there’s more to it than that. You can also take private consultation services for your company from other millionaires (or billionaires). But to avail yourself of that, you have to certify that your earnings are above RO580,000. Download from iTunes for a mere RO385.
Who in their right minds would say no to driving a Pagani Huayra or a Lykan HyperSport hypercar? Exactly! No one would. However, the chances of you getting to drive one of those exotic machines are quite slim because, you know, you would have to persuade the car owners to let you take out their prized possessions for a joy ride. And that’s highly unlikely unless your name starts with Jeremy and ends with Clarkson.
However, you can still quell your passion for driving them – virtually – with the Forza Horizon 3. The game, which is only thwarted by its Xbox and PC exclusivity (thank you Microsoft), is one of the most capable arcade (yes, arcade!) games out there, and manages to remain ahead of the game thanks to some next-level graphics and, above all, sound mixing.
I cannot lie: Forza has done a great job getting the sounds of individual cars precise. And that’s an achievement in itself because there are more than 300 cars for you to mess with. Furthermore, the detailing on each and every car pin-point is accurate, and the depiction of the scenery, breathtaking. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at some of the in-game screenshots from other gamers.
What makes the game even more enticing is that it can be played at 4K resolution. This is something its rivals (Need for Speed and Gran Turismo) don’t do yet. While all of that is true, I still have to point out that this is an arcade game, and therefore, the handling is a mixed bag. In my opinion, Forza has also deliberately made the handling easier for gamers of all ages to take advantage of and that has definitely taken out some of the fun. You just don’t want to see an all-wheel drive sedan drifting onto the streets or a muscle car take corners like a champ. It’s just unrealistic.
Apart from that, however, Forza Horizon 3 is just a very nice game to play. If you overlook the handling dynamics of the game (mind you, it’s still miles ahead of its rivals Need for Speed and Burnout) then you’re arguably looking at one of the best arcade racing games of this year.