Sony PFR-V1: the headphone revolution starts here

Let's see, is this a torture device? Animal snare? Advanced dental brace? No, no and thrice no. It is, in fact, the latest breakthrough in headphones

Let's see, is this a torture device? Animal snare? Advanced dental brace? No, no and thrice no. It is, in fact, the latest breakthrough in headphones from Sony.

The PFR-V1 are what Sony likes to call 'personal field speakers'. Not actually a contraption for towing a small patch of mud along with you, but a way of making music from your MP3 player sound as though it's coming from in front of you.

Why in front? Because that's where hi-fi or live music generally comes from, unless you spend your time at concerts with your back turned to the band - perhaps working in security, or queuing at the bar.

They work by attaching to your noggin via a lightweight metal head band, leaving two 1in aluminium speakers hovering just outside your ear holes. Mids and high notes reach your ear in the traditional fashion through the outer ear, while the bass is relayed via the two nobbly bits though to your skull. Nice.

They'll be here in April - assuming it's not some elaborate joke. If you can't wait until then, or just don't enjoy being laughed at by strangers, check out our round-up of in-ear headphones.

Essentials

Sony PFR-V1

Price: £250

On sale: April

Contact: Sony