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December 5th, 2007

work avoidance theater @ 05:22 pm

I realized today that ThinkGeek has a WishList function. Here's my list in case anyone's looking for gift ideas for me.
 
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From:gavinfox
Date:December 5th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
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*gasp*

You covet headphones without asking ME about them first?

Me, who has been a part of the internet headphone audiophile community since 2001 and who has over 2000 posts on that community?

Ye of little faith! :P
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From:starsongky
Date:December 6th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
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Not necessarily covet, that's what they had that looked interesting.

I've got a pair of cheap speakers on my desk at work I can plug into the headphone jack on my Zune, but they don't have any power so I have to turn the volume on the Zune all the way up most of the time. (I have some trouble distinguishing spoken word against background noise, and some podcasts don't have great volume to begin with.)

I'd like to replace them with something small that'll boost the volume, preferably plug-in power instead of battery, but it'd have to be pretty cheap ($20 range, preferably less). The ones I'm using now were effectively free, came with a computer probably a decade ago or more and were sitting around gathering dust.
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From:gavinfox
Date:December 6th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Basically, there are a few things you can do. You can get headphones that have a lot of isolation, so you dont need to turn the volume up as much. You can get headphones that are very efficient in a low powered source like your zune, so they will get the most out of what little juice it has. And, craziest of all, you could get a headphone amplifier to increase the amount of juice available.
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From:starsongky
Date:December 6th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
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I've got earphones I like, I'm looking for better desktop speakers that can plug into the headphone jack. Sounds like I need either more efficient speakers or ones with amplifiers built in.
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From:gavinfox
Date:December 6th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Well, generally, most multimedia speakers have an amplifier built in -- that is why they tend to plug into the power of the wall socket.

Sure, I can help you find a good pair of multimedia speakers for around $20.

No problem... let me take a look...
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From:gavinfox
Date:December 6th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Are you okay with buying online? what is your maximum budget after shipping?
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From:gavinfox
Date:December 6th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Ah! Look into the "Labtec Pulse" series of 2.1 multimedia speaker systems. They offer a good value.
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From:starsongky
Date:December 6th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
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More likely the Spin series or something like it, they top out around $15 including shipping. I can tuck the speakers on either side of the monitor, but I don't have anywhere for a separate subwoofer - no room on the desk & not allowed to hang it on the wall.
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From:gavinfox
Date:December 6th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm, if you want a very small 2.0 series, than I would bet that most of them in the $15 range would sound pretty much the same. the only real thing you need to worry about is that they don't use batteries, and they actually get all of their power from a wall wart or something...

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