The best tech and design in 2021

Price: £2,699 (55”) | Sony | John Lewis 

Monogram Master Console

Designed to make the editing course of action for video creatives and digital artists more personal, intuitive and engaging, this set of tactile CNC machined aluminium modular buttons, dials, and sliders connect together in in any case configuration you want, and can be programmed to do virtually any editing task. Think of it as a more touchy-feely keyboard and mouse combination, where timelines can shift with a pinch and colours can be graded with a swiish of a finger. Shown here is the Master Console featuring a chief module, three dials, three orbiter modules and two basic keys, but they also sell individual elements to help you create your perfect productive desktop.

Price: $799 | Monogram 

KEF LS50 Wireless II

The original LS50 Wireless proved active streaming speakers could deliver sonically without the need for separate elements, and with the second generation, KEF has improved them considerably, not least by removing the (shudder) physical connecting cables. The iconic Uni-Q coaxial drivers are powered by two amplifiers, 100W to the tweeter, 280W to the mid/bass driver, and the addition of a round piece of plastic behind the tweeter, known as Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT), helps absorb unwanted soundwaves. Combine all that with hi-res streaming (up to 24-bit/96kHz), a greatly improved KEF app, Amazon Music, Qobuz, Deezer and Spotify integration, plus AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Roon and Bluetooth and you’re guaranteed musical goosebumps.

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