Music to our ears: Must-Have Audio Gadgets


Sun, sea and sound. They are three s’s no holiday should be without. From pocket-size speakers to top of the range headphones, audio gadgets are an essential part of every traveller’s packing list. So whether you’re heading on that long-awaited beach break or your trip is strictly business, discover the must-have audio gadgets that will fit snugly into any self-respecting music fan’s suitcase.

P5 Wireless – Bowers & Wilkins

Add a hint of luxury to your listening experience courtesy of Bowers & Wilkins’ advanced P5 Wireless headphones. Priced at £219.96, they are available at Heathrow Boutique and Heathrow Terminals 2,3,4 and 5. Ideal for those wanting elegant design without compromising on sound quality, the P5 model was designed and balanced by the engineers behind the reference monitors in Abbey Road Studios. Featuring advanced Bluetooth technology, the design incorporates intuitive onboard controls, meaning you can skip, pause and play tracks without your smartphone ever leaving your pocket. And with an impressive battery life of 17 hours’ wireless playback, these headphones are sure to see you through even the longest of journeys.

Aquapod Wireless Speaker ­– Boompods

If you’re hunting for a mini musical hero this summer, look no further than this miniature offering from audio brand Boompods. Shockproof, waterproof and capable of packing a 70db punch, the powerful Aquapod Wireless Speaker (£35), available onboard Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines, is the ultimate outdoor companion. Featuring the latest Bluetooth technology, this pocket size gadget has a playback time of five hours, comes in a range of four bold colours and can even answer calls. Accompanied by sleek accessories – a lanyard, suction cup, bike mount and karabiner are all included – this handy, disc-shaped device is perfectly suited to your next beach adventure, mountain hike or even an in-shower sing-along.

BeoPlay H3 ANC – Bang & Olufsen

Introducing a sleek and compact addition to Bang & Olufsen’s renowned headphone range. The BeoPlay H3 ANC headphones (€249), available from BA High Life Shop, are the definition of a small but mighty travel accessory. Perfect for music lovers on the go, this latest design twins Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound with practical design born out of creator Jacob Wagner’s study of human ears. The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) units have a battery life of up to 20 hours, using microphones mounted on the earpieces to measure incoming sound levels and neutralise their interruption. Extremely versatile, these headphones are ideal for drowning out inflight ambient sounds and also make for the perfect gym buddy.

Excite+ Headphone Amplifier – Bitmore

Do you find yourself craving better sound quality than your phone and headphones alone can provide? Bitmore has the solution. Compact and easy to use, the Excite+ Headphone Amplifier (£39, BA High Life Shop) is an understated piece of design. By boosting your phone’s power output, this handy little device provides you with a wider frequency range, opening your ears to a whole new world of sound. With a battery life of 20 hours and a recharge time of 30 minutes, this is the perfect first step into the amplifier market for wannabe musos.

DrumBass Tone Wireless Speaker – Lifetrons Switzerland

The portable speaker no traveller should be without, Lifetrons Switzerland’s DrumBass Tone Wireless Speaker (£42, available onboard multiple airlines, including Etihad, Qatar Airways and Monarch) is your perfectly formed travel companion. Available in Black, Silver and Champagne Gold, this pocket-size speaker looks as good as it sounds. Boasting up to 12 hours of audio playback, alongside a wireless range of up to ten metres, this compact piece of tech allows you to connect using Bluetooth technology or a 3.5mm audio port. Compatible with most tablets, computers and mobile devices, the recharging process is quick and easy via a nifty little USB.

Danielle de Wolfe
written by: Danielle de Wolfe