I forgot to add my favourite headphones, the Symphonized Magnum Premium Genuine Wood Headphones:
The price has dropped by over £20.00 + since I bought them in 2015 but they certainly "bring it" in those moments when you do not want to disturb the rest of the household.
Personally i haven't had any first hand experience with decent stereo headphones in a home HiFi setup and always had the sound blasting out of my speakers .
Never really got on with headphones find them uncomfortable either on or inside my ears and the only time that i used them was on personal portable music players with the cheapo ear buds that came with them whilst away from the house.
I spend a lot of time down the Gym and i perfer listening to the background music provided, however there are many people using the Gym (mainly the younger generation) who use headphones whilst training, which range from the "in ear"style headphones all the way up to the "on ear" twin big cans on their heads (which always reminds me of the cyber men from Dr Who)
Just call me "Cyber Man Bob" because I will never use those ear buds, I think they must be atrocious, and I love my oversized wooden headphones.
As for headphones comfort, yes I will agree that some can be extremely uncomfortable after about to 5 - 10 minutes after putting them on. I have a smaller pair that I use when I'm either listening to music via my smart phone or tablet and those 'phones do become uncomfortable after a while.
Still, a good pair of 'phones do make a good, quieter alternative to good speakers.
Catch you later
I wonder if you remember this;
SME Damping System DS200 for SME 3009 Tonearm
This little fiddly attachment added a "dampening bath facility (filled with a viscous fluid)" to the SME 3009 tonearm.
Who would bother with something like this now, but back in the day I did.
This gadget completed what was my hi-fi turntable, which was.
1) Thorens 160 Mk2 Belt Drive Turntable (without tonearm)
2) SME 3009 Mk2 Tonearm
3) Ortofons VME20E Mk2 Cartridge
4) SME Damping System DS200
5) Felt Turntable Mat (can't remember the manufacturer)
Looking at the list now seems that I must have been an enthusiast or a little bit crazy.
Either way, catch you later.
I almost forgot, the SME damping fluid came in this "handy-dandy" use once only dispenser:
If I remember correctly, you had to cut the tip of the container off and squeeze or drain the fluid into the bath-type device. There's a bit more to it, like attaching the damping paddle to the tonearm, but the more I think about it the crazier it seems.
The only item that i can remember from your list is the felt Turntable Mats (i think a few companies offered these mats) .
These are the two Accessories that i used to keep my stylus and vinyl records in "tip top" condition.
Thinking back now it was such a pain going through all the effort
Audio Technica ultrasonic stylus cleaner.
Vinyl record bath solution cleaner.
It was a pain, to think the nonsense we went through back then, it just seems silly now.
You know, I had something like your "vinyl record bath" it spun the record while it removed dust and static from records. Oh no, I'm now starting to remember other daft accessories, like the sticky roller which was used to remove dust from records and there was also an anti-static gun.
I could only find this current picture of an anti-static gun, it still looks daft and at £54.00 it's head-examiningly daft.
All these so-called devices, in the long run, caused more harm than good.
Catch you later.
PS. I must admit, I've never heard of an "ultrasonic stylus cleaner", did it ever work?