Retro Tech Accessories
As the season of giving (and receiving!) inches closer and closer, undoubtedly many have gadgets on the mind – whether it’s the latest generation of iPhone, a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, or the newest DSLR model, we live in a forward-looking world all about staying connected, demanding more in function even as we scale back in size.
However as technology evolves to keep up with modern day demands, there’s something charming about an old-school accessory that harkens back to the time of film photography, analog clocks and vinyl. For something nostalgic that still serves a decidedly C.21st purpose, add these to your Christmas wishlist…Peach Tree Audio iDecco Integrated Amp
In the days preceding laptops and iPods, before words like ‘mp3’ and ‘bluetooth’ became part of our daily vocabulary, a simple record player was all you needed to play a piece of music. Peachtree Audio reinterprets the ease of the gramophone era with their iDecco integrated amp, which functions as an iPod dock that converts digital to analog, combined with a tube-buffered preamplifier and a 40Wpc power amplifier. In other words, it’s an all-in-one that boosts your digital music files – just add a good pair of speakers, and you might just think you’re spinning on a polished Thorens platter.
$999 USD / http://www.peachtreeaudio.com Roberts Radio ‘Revival’
Certainly nowadays it’s far more likely to discover new music online or listen to podcasts on the computer, but traditionalists and sentimentalists who still prefer the radio can turn the dial with Roberts Radio ‘Revival’. In nostalgic, 1950s style, the retro radio packs some modern day features including upgraded DAB features, 120-hour battery life, and a headphone socket plus carry handle so you can listen on the go!
£160 GBP / http://www.robertsradio.co.ukAedle VK-1 Headphones
If you’re not all about the C.21st concept of tinny in-ear headphones and prefer a headset with nostalgic aesthetic, French brand Aedle ticks the boxes with its VK-1, offering refined, lightweight packaging and a host of hi-tech details. First released last year in a limited run, the classic model combines a walnut lambskin leather headband with custom-made titanium transducers and full-bodied sound quality, plus this year launches a limited ‘carbon’ edition with black lambskin and matte anodization. Sleek!
€350 EUR / http://www.aedle.net Ilott Vintage Camera
Forbes called it the ‘anti-Instagram’, and if you share the same philosophy on preferring non-filtered, non-iPhone, heck – non-digital cameras, you’ll love Ilott Vintage for their lovingly and meticulously repurposed old cameras. With C.20th finds from the Canon Demi EE17 to the Konica SII, each of these manual 35mm rangefinder cameras will remind you of the joy behind a click of a shutter (over the tap of a finger) – plus, with film you can complete the experience by developing and printing your own photos. Darkroom not included!
Varies by camera / $1875 USD and up / http://www.ilottvintage.com