The best music gadgets for 2018

From voice controlled speakers to cool turntables

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Plenty of studies out there argue that listening to music can make you smarter, happier, healthier and more productive in your day-to-day life. There’s even a brand of research called musicology, where clever bods in lab coats explore how music effects our nervous system (it activates every part of your brain, fact). ​Beyond the science, we reckon you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that, on feeling down or anxious, hasn’t hit play on their number-one feel-good tune and instantly felt better. One song can bring back a multitude of happy memories to lift the soul, from lyrics that give you goosebumps to a rhythmic beat that gets your head nodding. Music is our escape – nothing beats turning up the volume, closing your eyes and zoning out. ​And, nowadays, there’s no better way to learn about someone than scanning their favourite music playlist. (Our music taste is more ‘please, don’t judge me’ than ‘listen to this’.) That well-played Spotify playlist says more about a person than their Instagram profile ever will… ​So, if life is better with music, we’d thought we’d round up great audio kit and the latest in music technology available at Westquay right now so you can enjoy your music collection, whether you’re a hip hop, pop or rock music fan, wherever you are – at home or on the go. ​Sonos One Voice Controlled Smart Speaker Fill any room in the house with top-quality sound thanks to this compact multi-room speaker. It wirelessly connects to other Sonos speakers in additional rooms, so you can expand your home sound system as and when you fancy. With built-in Amazon Alexa, the easy-to-use voice service, you can control your music completely hands free – perfect for cranking up the volume of Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love while in the shower. ​Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Bluetooth Turntable 2017 was THE year for vinyl, with sales hitting an all-time high not seen since 1991 when Nirvana’s Nevermind was moshing its way up the vinyl chart. No better time to invest in a turntable then! The Crosley Cruiser is good looking and portable. It has built-in speakers, so you can plug in and get spinning straight away. We adore this cheery turquoise version. ​Beats Pill+ Neighbourhood Collection Whether you’re off on a group holiday or heading to the park for a picnic, a portable Bluetooth speaker is your on-the-go audio must-have. Controlled by an easy-to-use app, the tiny but powerful Beats Pill+ speaker delivers crisp and immersive sound that’ll do all your toe-tapping tunes justice. Beats EP On-Ear Headphones Lose yourself in the music when commuting, working out and more… On-ear headphones have become a fashion accessory in their own right and, with these super-stylish Beats pair, even if your humming is off-key you can guarantee your outfit is on the money. ​On the hunt for some new tunes? Here’s our pick of the best emerging artists for 2018:

• Basette – a voice as soulful as Amy Winehouse

• Aine Cahill – Ireland’s pop queen in the making

• Lewis Capaldi – He supported Rag N Bone Man on his recent tour

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