Mother’s Day is May 8 this year. From turntables and ear gear to portable Bluetooth speakers, there’s a piece of audio tech to suit every mum.
Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT Automatic Belt Drive Turntable
Make mum part of the great vinyl revival with this entry-level turntable that boasts dynamic range and balance comparable with mid-range models. The built-in phono equaliser means no amplifier is required, and neither are wires – simply connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to smart speakers throughout the home, earbuds or headphones. This fully automatic, belt-driven turntable has two speeds – 33 1/3 and 45 RPM – and playback is as simple as placing the record on the platter and pressing Start. The warm soundstage synonymous with vinyl will be music to mum’s ears.
Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
Boasting the sonic signature of professional, studio quality headphones, the M20xBTs deliver a well-balanced soundscape, whether mum’s preference is Black Sabbath or Michael Buble. There’s also the convenience of pairing the headphones with two different devices (smartphone or laptop) via Bluetooth, eliminating the hassle of disconnecting and reconnecting, and a low latency mode suits streaming and gaming. A 1.2m cable is included for optional wired connection, and the big battery delivers up to 60 hours of playtime from a single charge.
Bose QuietComfort 45 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Bose is renowned for acoustic noise cancelling tech and have upped the ante with these Bluetooth headphones that utilise six microphones and enhanced signal processing to block distracting ambient noise. And they really do what it says on the box – the noise cancelling is truly impressive, and can also be disabled using Aware Mode to let in external sounds without compromising music quality. The Bose app offers EQ management and a selection of sound profiles, and battery life is good for up to 24 hours. The perfect companion for a long haul flight or a moment of quiet repose.
Sonos Roam Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Roam if you want to and never miss a beat with this ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker. The size of a water bottle, the Roam can be easily stashed in a bag or backpack to soundtrack outdoor activities, or added to a smart home ecosystem as a dedicated indoor speaker. Wi-Fi support adds voice assistant convenience via Google or Alexa, and the Roam will automatically switch to a Bluetooth connection when Wi-Fi is out of range. Small in size but big in sound, the Roam delivers exceptional mids and highs and ample bass, and auto-tuning optimises sound quality to suit the environment.
Lenovo Smart Clock 2 with Wireless Charging Dock
The humble bedside alarm clock has evolved into a versatile smart device that doubles as a control hub for the smart home. It’s also a music machine, with multi-room support to cast audio to compatible speakers throughout the home, and in-built front firing speakers tuned for clear vocals if mum’s preference is waking to the radio, a playlist or a podcast. The wireless charging dock is ideal for keeping a phone powered up overnight, and a USB port allows the charging of two devices simultaneously. When used as a simple clock, the smart alarm sends reminders to set it, and there’s a built-in, gentle nightlight.