Now that the majority of us listen to the majority of our music the same way (Spotify on iPhone, via any headphones except Apple own-brand) it’s hard to stand out from the crowd. Unless of course, you have one of these. Encased in a solid 1.7KG block of copper, hand-finished and completed using a four-stage process that prevents oxidization, the new edition of Astell & Kern’s AK380 flagship digital music player is limited to 500 units and costs £3,299. It plays high-res audio – ie: so-called ‘lossless’ files, better than CD quality – and due to copper’s superior electrical conductivity, boasts a sound signature all of its own. Nice, right?
Obviously you could buy a reasonable secondhand car for the same amount of money, but would your music sound as good in one of those? No – no, it would not.
Available now; £3,299; www.astellnkern.com