January 10th, 2014

The headphones/movie experiment, revisited

Last Sunday, I had this Really Bright Idea. I was going to take my headphones and my laptop upstairs, plug the laptop into the docking station, which includes the harddrive with my iTunes directory on it, the headphones into the laptop, and watch a movie on my Very Pretty Monitor while listening to it on my Relatively Nice Headphones (these were the old Grados that I have since replaced) thus having a Wonderful Movie/Audio Experience without waking the kiddos or disrupting R.'s football on the TV downstairs (we never got around to setting up headphones on the bedroom TV).

Alas, when I plugged in the headphones and the Thunderbolt connector at the same time, I jiggled loose the fan connection within the laptop (I didn't know this at the time), and very rapidly, the computer's fan ran constantly (and loudly) and the computer totally forgot about its internal speakers, never mind the headphones. Thus, the trips to the Apple store on Monday (to drop it off) and Tuesday (to pick it back up). During the week, I got my new Sennheiser headphones (reviewed earlier, and Still Amazingly Wonderful), and today, I got to attempt, once again, the Movie with Headphones on a Nice Monitor experiment.

It is every bit as good as I had thought it would be.

But after 10ish minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness, I'm going to go back downstairs and watch TRMS on the Tivo, then go to bed.

The sound display was a little weird. It still didn't show the headphones, so I set it to "internal speakers" and crossed my fingers. It then displayed "Headphones" instead of internal speakers. I don't really care; it worked.