Wanderlust Tag

No, apparently, but the tale is convoluted. Harman/Kardon is a very old US maker of high fidelity equipment with many famous patents and products under their belt. But it was sold to Samsung. And apparently there are a number of Harman/Kardon plants open in mainland China - Shanghai, Suzhou, and Shenzhen. Some may make the speakers seen here, but you'd have to ask the distributor for confirmation. Wherever they originate, the quality of manufacture is superb. The speakers are of the wireless type that depend upon a signal from a smart device or other Bluetooth broadcaster. I note from the bottom of the smaller type - the Citation One Mk II - that there are some connectors - a power supply and a USB service input port. The speaker contains Chromecast and the ability to work with some of the voice-command networks.   The larger one is either a Citation 300 or Citation 500 but darn me if I had the wit to turn it over and see which one. Both can do the complete Chromecast, streaming service operation the same as the smaller...

I do not wish to make Mr Van Gogh feel sad, so I will wait until he is out of earshot before spruiking today's goods. The use of headphones or ear phones for sound reproduction is as old as wireless broadcasting. Indeed, even when there is no radio signal involved, headphones are a valuable means of putting sounds right into the ear - particularly when there is loud external noise trying uto interfere. We've all seen airplane pilots and ship's talkers wearing various forms of headset. And nearly all of them have not been wireless - they've been attached to the switchboard by a sturdy electrical cable. You can do that at home, too - plug yourself into the hifi or the TV or whatever, and get superb quality sound despite the household din going on round you. And the household may bless yo for it, if you are getting deafer and need to turn your music up a lot more than you used to. They appreciate not hearing opera in the middle of a reality show. No need to ask me...

And not the embarrassing kind either - I'm talking about the water-based fun that you can get with Wanderlust drones. There are a lot of things you can do in the water besides your laundry. Swimming, surfing, fishing, etc. If it's you alone you can propel yourself about on any number of electric surfboards or underwater torpedoes. And you can send out drones to do your bidding as well - possibly with more safety than going in yourself. Take this one as an example - it's dedicated to underwater photography as it slips through the shallows. Find a reef and some bright sun and you can Cousteau to your heart's content in safety. Think of it as a guided action camera. The rather dramatic image  ( courtesy of I'm not sure what I did...

If you are going to go somewhere, go to Wanderlust in Murray Street first. You may have more fun on your journey. Of course, not all journeys are fun, and not all travellers need to be happy as they go. Occasionally a prison transport van goes by on the road and I never hear merry voices singing rollicking songs about the life of crime. But that's not Wanderlust customers - they can have a bit of fun. The wheeled goods in the shop are dedicated to this. There are electric scooters, Segway balancing wheeled carts, electric bicycles, and what looks suspiciously like an electric trail bike. The sizes  ( and presumably the prices ) grow as you get the more sophisticated wheels. Ans as you go faster, you pay more...

Remember I showed a shop in Hay Street Mall last year called  " Wanderlust "? The one with all the cutting edge fun things? Well, I'll let you into a secret - it was by Camera Electronic. It's moved recently - and now it's right by Camera Electronic - they've shifted lock, stock, and lens barrel into premises next door to the CE Murray Street shop. Go west along Murray and the shop on the left as you look into the CE door is Wanderlust. The facade has lost the pink door that was a fixed feature of Hay Street Mall and now has more of the CE corporate image. Speaking of corporate images, I noted as I walked from the underground train station to CE that a number of fancy retailers - Louis Vuitton, Chanel, TAG Heuer, etc. have set up shops on Murray Street as well. Possibly trying to benefit from the prestige of being located near Camera Electronic. A wise business decision upon their parts and let us hope they do well. But back to Wanderlust. There seems more floor space in this...

Let's make it clear, I'm not writing about people who have a sane and equable temper here - I mean people who can go across a darkened lounge room without falling over. People who can walk on the edge of precipices more than once. Not me. The Wanderlust shop in Hay Street mall has a wonderful selection of toys for these individuals. You've seen the Segway trolleys and scooting boots in a previous column and i cn attest that they really do work...

On my Camera Electronic Day Out - my tour of the city shops - I was taken by the display of the electric vehicles in Wanderlust. My interest was stimulated by a recent social media post by a friend. He had been scootering on a footpath near his home and steered with more enthusiasm than balance. The photo that appeared on Facebook of him with casts on both broken wrists  was remarkable, to say the least. I hope that this is a rare occurrence amongst others, and for him, only the once. The thought of having an itchy nose with two arm casts is daunting. Now scooters are not the only electric vehicles going - I counted a bicycle, a two-wheeled Segway, and a pair of controllable electric roller-shoes. Thomas was game to test them out - he's good with the Segway and fair with the shoes. As yet he has no broken limbs, but I am writing this on Easter Sunday and there is always time before the column goes to press to change that...