My husband purchased wireless headphones for me on ebay for about $50 less than we could get them in a store. Yay! Now I can watch TV in bed while he's sleeping and actually hear the program at the same time.
My husband gets up very early and even though he tries to watch favorite sitcoms, he ends up falling asleep. He has tried various methods to stay awake during the sitcoms: reclined in the family room on the couch, surfing the internet at the same time as watching, and he also tried lying in bed. It never fails, he falls asleep the moment he stops moving. I've actually gone into the computer room and he's been asleep in front of the TV with his hand on the mouse. I call him my Kewpie doll, because when you tip him over, he falls asleep.
I usually end up in the bedroom in the evening after I've shut down the house, put my pajamas on and brushed my teeth. I like to be ready for bed before I watch my evening shows so when I'm ready to sleep, I'm already there.
I don't fall asleep as easily as my husband and even after TV, I read anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple hours. I have to wait for sleep to descend on me. I like to be in the bedroom and ready, because if I am going to get sleepy, I will wake up again if I have to get up and get ready for bed.
So when my husband turns out his light and falls asleep I turn the volume way down on the TV so as not to disturb him. He still startles and wakes up and mumbles weird things and thinks he's been asleep for hours when it's only been 15 minutes. He'll wake up during a commercial and start commenting on the commercial trying to get me to think he's been watching all along.
I really do want him to get his sleep, but I really like being in bed where it's warm and I can just turn over and go to sleep if I want. So to make a long story even longer, he bought me wireless headphones. Easy right?
Nope. We thought the headphones were junk, but as we delved into the issue further we figured out it was the TV. We have learned that some HD TVs do not have an analog audio connection on the back. The one in our bedroom only has a digital audio coax on the back. The helpful guy at Radioshack said it couldn't be converted and the digital audio coax didn't have anything to do with sound (huh?). So we went to the TV in the computer room and lo and behold, the headphones worked on that TV.
So we figured we'd switch TVs, but the computer is hooked to the TV in the computer room and the TV in the bedroom does not have a traditional HDMI hookup on the back of it. My husband's idea was to use the wireless headphones with the TV on in the computer room and watch the picture on the TV in the bedroom (or buy a new TV; not!). But then I'd have to get up and go all the way across the house to turn off the TV in the computer room before I fell asleep. Being the mom I am, I'd think of all sorts of things I needed to do on my way to the computer room and back and then I'd be awake again.
Are you following me so far?
So really, the story does get shorter here: my husband called me today and told me Radioshack sells a converter online. I studied the specs and ordered it and it will be here next week.
Now I know way too much about audio connections in TVs and on headphones and converters. I also know you can't always go on the word of the helpful employees even if they are knowledgeable. The converter should solve our problem, in theory anyway.
And now you also know way too much. Wake me when the converter gets here.