Headphones have been around a long time. I think my first pair were given to me as a birthday or hannukah gift around 1979, age 15. Probably because my parents didn't want to listen to the music I was playing on my cheap FM/Cassette/Record player combo in the basement. They were clunky, heavy plastic and foam, but what a great gift...the hours I spent, sometimes in the dark, listening to everything I could get my hands on, in a world all my own. All the subtle nuances, every breath of the vocals, all the dynamics that media could provide. The recent thread on classical made me realize how much I appreciate a good pair now that I can afford the