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Meet Jarre AeroBull HD1: a £3900 French Bulldog wireless speaker

2018 may be the year of a FIFA World Cup and the Winter Olympics, but it’s also the Chinese Year of the Dog. And to celebrate, Jarre Technologies has made a Limited Edition Chrome Gold version of its famed AeroBull HD1 speaker, designed in the shape of a French Bulldog.

Like the £1350 original (which we’ve been tempted to pet at many showcases over the years), this new version also features built-in aptX Bluetooth and a 3.5mm input – and most importantly sports the same sunglasses that make the AeroBull the coolest mutt since Lassie.

Through each “lens” is a 2in full-range driver, and somewhere inside lies the speaker's, ahem, subwoofer.

The company – founded by French composer Jean-Michel Jarre – has made 99 of the chrome gold AeroBull HD1, each numbered and presented with its own certificate.

The AeroBull HD1 also comes in a smaller, battery- and mains-powered version: the AeroBull XS1 - which has also been given a chrome gold makeover. The XS1 comes in a pair, of which 199 are available.

Available exclusively at Harrods and Selfridges throughout the year, they cost £3,888 and £2,000 respectively – a massive bite out any anyone’s wallet.

Naturally, to be a true man’s best friend, they’d have to sound good. And, with their four-figure price tags, you'd have to consider them serious underdogs.

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.