April 19, 2005

Someone should make this

I want a wireless extension cord for headphones.

It'd be a two-part doodad. The reciever part should be small and light and have an 1/8" female stereo jack. It should run for at least 8 hours of continuous use on a charge or use standard batteries (alkaline or rechargable AA or AAA). If you were really clever you'd make it in a shape that would allow you to wind your headphone cables around it to keep them out of the way and attach the unit to the headphones.

The transmitter end could be a little bigger and maybe have the option of running off outlet power, but it should run off rechargeable batteries too if possible. You'd plug it in to the headphone jack on the component you want to listen to.

For my use (rolling around my office at work), the range doesn't have to be more than 10 feet, but I can see a wide-area version being useful too.

I'm thinking of trying to simulate this with one of those little FM transmitters for an iPod coupled with a tiny FM radio for the headphones, but I suspect the sound quality won't be good enough.

If you decide to implement this gadget, you can thank me for the idea by giving me one. ;-)

Posted by jeffy at April 19, 2005 07:04 PM

I would check out the ipod FM stuff, I bet it is better than you think.

Posted by: Jerry at April 19, 2005 07:39 PM

Sennheiser RS-120? It's a headset. The
transmitter takes line-in, and the runs from the
wall (through a wart). The headset operates on
rechargeable AAA, and has a recharging cradle.
I realize that this solution prevents use of
earbuds, but that seemed okay, from your request.

Posted by: Dan L at April 20, 2005 12:11 PM

No, the main goal is to have something I can use with my own headphones. And hence something that doesn't become landfill fodder when the headphones fail (as headphones do).

Posted by: jeffy at April 20, 2005 01:17 PM

BTW, I linked to the manufacturer of my headphones, but to buy them I'd go here.

Posted by: jeffy at April 20, 2005 01:21 PM