Originally I wanted to tell you about my newest obsession: podcasts. But to explain how I got into podcasts (after so many years of trying), I first have to tell you about my new headphones. They are cordless, noise-cancelling, and the single reason why podcasts finally started to make sense to me. So today I’ll write about the shiny new gear, and next time I’ll show you my new favourite listens for the commute.
Plantronics Backbeat Pro noise-cancelling over-ear Bluetooth headphones
Santa brought these babies for me, originally to use on flights to kill some of that terrible droning noise, but it very quickly became first a commuting, then a workplace essential. It connects to my phone, my laptop and my tablet, all at once and it’s quite intelligent in telling which one it should be playing sound from at any given time too. Not only that but it doubles up as a great headset for phone- and Skype calls… ever tried tidying the house while talking to mum? This is a dream for that. Plus it’s super comfy too.
Cordlessness is a blessing and a luxury you don’t know you can’t live without until you try it. No more navigating tangled wires around the folds of your winter jacket, getting it jammed in the zip, yanking the buds out of your ear with an odd turn, or that pesky sound that transfers up along the cords as you move about (is it just me? I hate that noise!). But these are just physical conveniences, and have nothing to do with podcasts.
Noise cancelling though! Listening to people chatting never made any sense to me with regular headphones or even earbuds – I just couldn’t get focused! My attention would wander and I would soon catch myself completely lost, having tuned out of the conversation for what must have been minutes. I used to find it impossible to follow along, and gave up on podcasts as a genre altogether after a try or two.
So I swear, active noise cancelling changes everything! It creates the illusion of sitting across the table from hosts, impossible not to get caught up in the banter. Of course not all podcasts are created equal (sound quality, I’m looking at you), some sound crystal clear and some with a strong skype/phone distortion on the voices – I still struggle keeping up with those. But overall noise cancelling has been a total podcast-relevation to me.
I love me some shiny new gear, and couldn’t part with these all month… and thanks to them I discovered so many cool bits of sound awesomeness that I must tell you about! Next post, your ears are in for a treat. So long, until then!