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We’re making a big claim for the Sooloos system: this digital music library is arguably the most intuitive and rewarding piece of audio technology ever conceived. At heart, it’s a polished touch-screen panel that lets you import, catalogue and play your music collection in an archive that you navigate with your fingertips.

But as this aluminium nerve centre is hooked up to a ravenous hard drive (typically around 4,000GB), you can store all your music in its original, uncompressed glory. The server not only backs itself up daily, but can also be programmed on the hoof — using your mobile’s web browser — should you want mood music to be playing as you walk through the front door. Its best asset, though, is its use of metadata — for every CD you feed into it, the Sooloos plunders an online resource called AMG (All Music Guide) to provide full album credits, cover art, reviews and concert info, as well as suggesting playlists from your existing archive, rather than music it wants you to buy. From £1,952 at Sooloos

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Photographed by Andy Barter