Why would somebody bother lamenting the loss of a $2.00 pair of headphones picked up on an American Airlines flight? (Even I do not know the answer to that one, but it is certainly not going to stop me.)
The trip was from Tuscon to Orlando, stop over in Atlanta (or Dallas, or Denver – all the flights I have been on in my life have melted together into one single brain cell of a memory labeled “flight”). And not having anyone flying with me at the time, and not having any headphones with me at the time, I purchased the cheap pair of $2.00 headphones, so I can watch some really crappy in-flight entertainment. They were showing the canceled shows from ABC television off a video tape that was played 5 times per day over the course of 2 months (Hmmmm… 5 x 30 x 2… carry the 1… square root of pi… bad math and illiteracy join forces to make “aprigliano – the blog”). The videotape did not sound good, the sound system on the flight did not sound good – there was a buzzing on the left side – so the headphones did not sound good. They sounded like they were $2.00 too expensive. So I get off the flight, put the headphones in my coat pocket and preceded to the hour drive home from the airport.
2 months later, I found a pair of headphones in a coat pocket. The silk-screened American Airlines logo, which would eventually scratch off, was still on, and this logo fired the brain cell labeled “flight” and I remembered I bought these things when I was flying. So I plugged them in to my stereo, which did not have any buzzing on the left side, and I was impressed. These cans sounded pretty good. Not boomy. Not tinny. Comfortable fit. And it had the cool American Airlines logo silk-screened on it to impress the ladies with my street cred. I am sure they are not audiophile accurate, but they worked really well with my ears for some reason, so we have been to together since. Until disaster happened.
The following photo essay not only demonstrates how durable these headphones were for $2.00, but also to demonstrates how we all can waste bandwidth with Flickr and Blogger to make inane posts.
Get the kids…
These is them. They are about three years old now – somebody actually sells them on eBay. I will not link to that stuff here. Just book an American Airlines flight and these could be yours too! Unless you fly first class.
This is the handiwork on the inside. I probably soldered the wires backwards. Couldn’t tell because there was not a “L” or “R” on the phones themselves. And I probably lost 3 inches off the 1 foot cord because there were so many “do overs.”
Now I am going to be forced to use my Sennheiser HD477 which were $70 five years ago and sound great for consumer level headphones. It is just not the same. They are big, bulky, do not travel well, and the cord is 4 feet long, plenty for me to trip over.
Ok, I am not really suffering too much here, but I really liked the A.A. cans. But you know that by now.