Technics Headphones: Here is Sound

Technics headphonesI have something to admit. For the past five years, every record I’ve reviewed has come courtesy of my laptop’s speakers.

I appreciate this is a cardinal sin for a music reviewer. In my defence, I think I’ve become immune to the distress signals that frequently crackle out of the side of my keyboard. My CD player gave up the ghost a long time ago. Since then I’ve simply toddled along with my laptop in tow. The only other choice I’ve had is to upload particularly favourable tracks to my MP3 player and play purchased CDs in my car. I’m sat in front of my laptop all day. For the large part, music doesn’t make it beyond the hiss and spit of my good ol’ Toshiba.

I hadn’t realise it was creating such a racket until my family highlighted it to me. Looking for some country music related advice, this summer I hauled my laptop in the direction of my parents, Buffalo Clover’s new album blaring out of it as I went. My Mum’s first reaction was to shriek that I’d killed Dolly Parton. At this point, I knew something was wrong. Unfortunately, as is usually the case, my parents didn’t offer a solution to me in the form of money for some speakers. I’ve continued along my way, but from that day, I’ve known I’m maybe not giving some bands the best of chances.

That is until now. Last week, Panasonic very kindly offered me a trial run of their new Technics headphones range. I can test a pair of these headphones for seven days. That may be an unorthodox way of handing out promotional material, but it’s the deal I’m stuck with.

I’m pretty glad I am. Having worked out how to get the ear pieces to swivle around, I've given today over to rediscovering music through my temporary pair. You can guarantee I’ll be buying my own set of Technics headphones once these have been returned. It’s like sticking speakers inside your head, or plugging your CD drive into the back of your neck like what they do on The Matrix. Music hasn’t been clearer for me since err... well, never.

Today’s best offering via these Technics headphones has been Mirror Travel’s Mexico – a brilliant album that I’ve raved about before. Besides the lack of crackling, layers stand out perfectly and Lauren Green’s guitar swirls around your head like never before. I’ve also tried out Agnes Obel’s Aventine, Laura Stevenson’s Wheel, Beyonce’s surprise release and Public Service Broadcasting’s debut. To be honest, I’m beginning to wish I’d ranked Mirror Travel’s affair a little higher on my Top Ten Albums of 2013, due out on Monday. Just goes to prove my laptop wasn't doing some artists justice...

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