I was going to post about the poor quality of the garbage headphones they have at Borders Books where you can scan the barcode of a CD and get a preview. At least airline headphones you can wear for more than 30 seconds. The Borders phones you just want to stomp on.
However....I think I have the winner here. A friend found these in his vintage Chicago house when remodeling the basement. Check out these babies...
The sound... well they sound worse than they look. Imagine the fidelity of an early childhood style boxed record player. Then take that sound distort it, and add some rusty tin can sounding reverb. Take the 1Khz frequency and amplify ONLY that frequency until your brain hurts. Yeah, they're that good.
Comfort... it takes some effort to adjust these puppies as they are well rusty and all tin. People complain about the Grado phones being uncomfortable... seesh at least grados have foam. These have... you guessed it more tin for the ear pieces. Note the six pin holes in the ear piece (tongue in cheek) which are precisely positioned to let out that fine piercing 1Khz sound.
The rubber coated metal coat hanger bands are also fantastic. Spare no expense, they used the entire coat hanger.... you get two head straps.
My FAVORITE part is the cord. Notice one speaker has the cord on the bottom... the other on the top. Yep... engineering at its best. We can do no finer. The cord is encased it what appears to be non matching shoe laces... knots included (they add to the fidelity). Remember you've seen it first here. When there are hundreds of threads on this forum with people tying darth beyer cords into knots as a mod... these phones started the trend. At the far end near the plug the cord is frayed. There is no shielding... its bare copper wire inside the shoelace. yet another head-fi first.
For those of you coming... I'll bring these to the Chicago meet in April.
They are made by Newcomb Audio Products and are labeled "The Sound of Quality". I wonder what Newcomb considered to be non-quality. Here...hold this wad of mud up to your ear and listen...see... non-quality.
If anyone has any info about these phones or about Newcomb Audio Products (a history etc) please PM me. I tried googling with no luck.
And now for the pics...
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