Great sound – not for carrying around
Panasonic Technics DH-1200 headphones Price: €200 Rating: HHHH
What's the best thing to look for in a set of headphones? For me, it comes down to two things: sound quality and comfort. Give me a pair of acoustically excellent, ergonomically snug cans – even if they're bright yellow – over a heavier, trendier set with so-so sound. In this context, Technics (owned by Panasonic) headphones are an interesting melange. Within its price bracket, the audio quality is superb: up with the best I've tested over the last year. The sound is rich and pure with a nice balance between bass and trebles.
On the other hand, these 'DJ' headphones are a little too heavy – and perhaps even uncomfortable – when worn for periods of over 20 minutes, especially when moving around. Perhaps it's down to my rather large cranium, but despite cushy padding on the headband, there is more bonce-pressure from these headphones than others I use. I also found the styling of the headphones (admittedly of less importance than sound or ergonomics) to be a little plasticky. It probably won't bother those looking for good sound at a price below ultra-premium rivals. But for me, these would stay beside a desk for short musical hits rather than in my satchel for travel trips.