Old Friends

Allow me to introduce all of you to some old friends of mine.

Whenever I listen to music in the house, I (of course) prefer to have it come through my good speakers. But I live in a house with two children, and they have their own stuff going on that doesn’t always involve listening to Daddy’s music, and they have bedtimes fairly early in the evening. So when these times happen, I drag out my trusty old Excel CDS850 headphones.

I call them ‘the good headphones.’ They’re probably not good headphones, in the big picture of way more expensive headphones out there. I paid $12 for these headphones, years ago and, you know, for so few dollars they sound freaking fantastic. All the ranges are crisp and clear, there’s really nothing lacking.

They’re light and comfortable to wear. The ear muffs aren’t too big or too small, and the headband part is curved perfectly, great for wearing for hours on end despite being unpadded.

We’ve been through a lot together, over all the years we’ve shared everything I’ve played, and I hope they last a long, long time yet. Sure, the padding on the ear muffs is starting to peel off, and the shells are a little dinged up, but that just adds to their charm.

Folks, meet The Good Headphones.



Posted on August 15, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Pleased to meet you Good Headphones! I’m Sarca. 🙂

    I also had a pair of awesome headphones – got them at a boxing day sale at a TV and stereo place in Sudbury – $15 I think. They were AWESOME! Sturdy, always comfortable. Great padding on the headpiece and muffs. Sounded like a dream. I think they were Danon phones. Had them for 20 years, and the stuffing in the padding went first, then they shorted out. It was a sad day when they were tossed. Haven’t found comfortable ones since.


    • 20 years! That’s an amazing run! Damn, they didn’t owe you anything.

      I don’t really remember the circumstances for the purchase (it was probably desperation after the previous pair conked out), but I got this pair at (ugh) Wally World, of all places. One of the best things I’ve ever bought from that particular suck hole. (The Metal On Ice CD found in the $5 bin would be another example of an excellent score from there). But yeah, just off the rack for $12 and these old friends have been rocking for ages. I really can’t complain. You should take down that model # and go look at your local evil empire. Never know, they might still carry them. I’ll look here for you, too.


      • Too late, we threw them out in the cleanout of ’10. And here’s the unfair part – I have incredibly sensitive ears. Sensitive to cold, earbuds are uncomfortable after long periods. But the 20 year old pair was the most comfortable pair I ever owned. For my birthday, my husband bought me a headset for gaming that was all tricked out with padding and everything. But, I couldn’t last any longer than a couple of hours with them on. They hurt! I think now it had to do with my glasses pressing into my skull. Still on the hunt though.


      • Like I say, I’ll look here for you, too. I’ve found these to be the most light and comfy things ever. I wear glasses too and have never had that pressure issue. Never know what’ll turn up!


      • It’s okay – I appreciate the gesture about the headphones, but I want you to know that some of these retailers won’t accept returns on open-boxed headphones. I am in the know of at least three that won’t (Staples, Best Buy and Future Shop). They think nothing of up-selling you on their warranty bullshit, however, and won’t tell you to your face at the cash they won’t accept a return of an open box. They say it’s because of Canadian Health regulation laws (which is also bullshit – this is a retailer thing, not a law.). They also think nothing of leaving out headphones for people to try – and that gets a pass on the health regulations, eh?
        My husband just returned a pair that didn’t fit me and they gave him a hard time because of the open box. He got a give card refund after we escalated it, which is bullshit, but we’ll take what we can get. Just thought I would let you know. So that said, headphones is a more personal purchase. Thanks anyway!


      • Well that’s a big steaming pile, right there. That’s a reaming of the manager, bad review online, letter to the company situation right there, oh yes.

        So maybe Mall-Wart is your best bet. You can return anything there. Open boxes, no receipt, small children. They don’t even ask. They just get you to sign a slip they’ll never look at again and take whatever crap you bring back. I know for electronics it can’t be opened (like a game or a CD) if you want a refund. But something like headphones? Psh. They wouldn’t even ask, just do the refund and NEXT! Easy peasy.


  2. You have a nice pair, there.

    I don’t use phones much (no kids). When I do, I’m still on earbuds. I have a pair of foldable phones here but I find they slip off.


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