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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Compact Headphones

A few years ago I bought myself a pair of Sony headphones, the type that clip around your ears but have independent wires on either side. In the headphone industry they are called "clip-on" headphones. I believe that I paid about $50 for them. Over the last year or so I've used them regular for listening to music and watching movies in bed on my PSP. The reason I liked them was because they were comfortable even when pressure was applied to them and they weren't a large design (no collar or headband) so they didn't interfere with using a pillow. I was very happy with them...

Until I came home from work a few weeks ago to find them ravaged on the floor. Either the cat or the dog had gotten a hold of them and dragged them under the bed where they were chewed beyond recognition. The wires were severed in multiple places making it impossible for me to fix. Trust me, I will attempt to fix almost anything with solder.

So the new task was to find a new pair of headphones. I jumped on Futureshop's website just to see what was available. The new clip-on styles are earbuds with loops on them. This idea is similar to mine but I don't want them in my ear as if I fall asleep and roll on to my ear they might stab my brain or something. I went to Futureshop to take a look but the moronsworking there had no idea what I was talking about when I explained my original pair to them. I proceeded to Staples, Walmart, London Drugs, Zellers, The Source and Sears only to become more and more disappointed.

I got home and went online and found that Sony had a brand new version of my original headphones with retractable cables (Sony MDR-Q68LW). I almost shit my pants! Retractable cables! That is the best upgrade in the world, especially for someone that just had his cables eaten. I had to have them but the website says they are only available in the USA. What kind ofbullshit is that!

I went on eBay and found them for $25 including Canadian conversion and shipping. I just received them in the mail the other day and they are slightly smaller than the originals, they are more comfortable, the cables completely retract (no visible cable except the end connector) and they sound louder than the last ones. I think that the only downside is that the cable seems a little bit thinner so they may be slightly more susceptible to damage but, as long as they are retracted, it wouldn't matter. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone that is in to serious audiophile mixing but if you want a nice set of headphones that are super comfortable and will never get tangled in your pocket or desk drawer, these are for you. Plus they come in an assortment of colors!

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