catventures in audio

the following was originally posted on random and curious, a blog project that is now closed.


on monday, i headed into work like usual, and sat down, like usual, and put on my headset like usual.

and i turned on my music like usual.

except, something was wrong.  my trusty headset, which i’d had forever (well, a few years), was no longer working like usual.  the sound was tinny and distorted and just way weird.  it was like being in an echo chamber made of flimsy metal sheets.

no big deal, they’re under lifetime warranty, thanks to skullcandy.  i try to log into my account, and am greeted with a note about how i need to change up my password if my account was created before 2014, something something, okay.  so i do that, and there’s no record of my account.

well, okay, maybe i just have had these headphones waaaaay too long.  i write in to their support, and support tells me that i didn’t buy the headphones from them, so there’s no account.

but…(it’s a long story, let’s move on for now).

so, i order new headphones from a company on amazon.

they arrive on thursday.  they look like this:


so blue!

well, as i was charging them and getting my laptop and phone set up to work with them, i held them up around my cat’s ears and let her have a listen.  mercedes has proven herself to be remarkably musical in the past, so i figured she’d enjoy hearing music in a new way, and i wasn’t disappointed this time, either.

she perked right up, looking a little confused at first.  then she settled right in, with a very thoughtful look on  her face.  she was obviously a fan, as i played a few imogen heap songs for her, in short bursts.

i took the new headset in to work today, so i can have something better than the cheap $10 earbuds i’d run out and gotten on monday during my lunch break.

when i came home, merce greeted me like she always does, trying to zip out the door into the rest of the building before i notice her wily self.  she didn’t get far, and i opened my bag to empty out all my gadgets and gear.

and, as i took the headset out of its pouch and folded it open, she ran over and tried to pop her head in between the speakers to listen for the magic music.

i had to get my laptop booted fast!  we listened to some gotye and fun, and so far she is loving every note.


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