Before I went into TV I was on the radio–a disk jockey. I moved a lot in those eleven years. I used to tell people I had a U-Haul Gold Card.
As a disk jockey you owned your own headphones. I was very happy not to share contact with my ears, thanks.
I started with Clevite Brush Headphones.
OK, this is too weird. A Google image search for Clevite Brush Headphones brings up a photo of me wearing a pair. I forgot this picture existed!
I loved these headphones, but they were murder. I had long hair which got caught all the time. Clumps!
They were heavy and the molded piece that rested against your ear was hard. Not comfortable.
As memory serves they produced zero bass. These were confidence monitors. You listened to make sure the mix was right and you were on-the-air. Fidelity was secondary.
I started using the Koss headphones around 40 years ago. They’re still available on Amazon. They’re still made!
The ear pieces had a liquid filled bladder that rested on your cheek. The cord was ten feet long and terminated in a large 1/4″ phono plug. There was a fitting in case you wanted to add a microphone, primarily used by pilots.
Today I wear a pedestrian pair of Sony MDR-ZX100s. They’re light and a little flimsy looking, but they’ve been packed and taken on many trips without damage. High fidelity isn’t as much of a problem since they’re mainly used for less than pristine streaming music.
They’re light enough to wear while playing poker, disconnected! I do that to lower the background noise. It works.
These Sony headphones were under $20. The Koss retails around $100. I seems unlike me to have bought so expensive (in 1977 dollars) a pair.
Those headphones were always turned up loud. It’s probably because of wearing headphones my hearing sucks nowadays. Even if that isn’t the reason it should be.