The following happened:
- I was watching a movie.
- I decided I wanted to listen to the movie via my headset.
- I plugged in my "Sennhesier HD 590" headphone/set while the movie was playing. (The movie was probably playing some flies sound at the time "bzzz").
- The audio control pod/red led starts going on/off/on/off/on/off/on and then off. (It seemed to have died)
I have seen this behaviour before when I plugged in the headset... the gigaworks/pod would go to standby, this time however it seemed to "flip/freak out" (on/off/on/off/on/off) and die.
I tried turning it on again... but no luck it seemed to have died.
Here are my thoughts on it and suggestions for future improvements:
- First of all the design is bad. The headset/headphone should simply be always plugged in to prevent any eletrical damage. I should be able to select the mode while everything is plugged in. (Speakerset vs headphone).
- Second of all the manual does not warn for this situation. No where does it say that I should not plug in the headphone/headset while the device is on and something is playing.
- Warranty seems to be only 2 years which could indicate bad quality. (It does give nice sound though)
- The price has seemed to go up (at least on the website where I purchased it 3 years ago ?!?)
- I am not sure what caused the damage.
I could either be:5.1 Bad design... the device can't handle a suddenly plug in of the headphone/headset while something is playing.
5.2 Static discharge from the headphone/headset which is always lieing on my wooden table.
Also there are only two pins in my wall sockets (I guess they are old wall sockets... so they don't have a safety pin). (I am not sure if a safety pin would have helped in this case...)
Fortunately I was able to listen/view the movie by plugging my headphone/set into the back of the pc... so that part is still working (x-fi elite pro soundblaster), but this does raise doubts... what if it was static discharge from headphone/set then I could damage my pc... so I rather not to do in the future ?
So now I am left stranded with a titanium/heavy subwoofer and speakersets and out of warranty ?!? (The gigaworks only has 2 years of warranty ?!? it says so on their website today... I am not sure if they changed warranty (probably not though?))
I did read the manual just yet to see what it says about all of this... very little though... it did mention "servicing".
So maybe it's possible to repair the subwoofer ? (Which seems to be the dead part...)
I guess I have little choice but to open it up and see what it's all about...
If I do so I will post pictures later on !
If you have any experience with (fixing?) dead gigaworks s750 subwoofers I would love to hear from you !
Goodbye, Sigh, Skybuck :)