That wood dowel gave me an idea. Why not use the plastic tube from a ball-point pen as a form-factor replacement for a AA battery? I had some nice colors available. For a 360, plain black just wouldn't do.
Stripped, but not tinned, some stranded hookup wire and wrapped it around the '+' and '-' terminals as shown in the close-up. I purposely did not tin the wire because this is a compression fit and I wanted the strands to work around the terminals nicely. Not shown, but I did pull out slightly the '+' terminal and loop the wire through it before putting it back into place.
The length of the tubes are slightly different. The '+' tube runs close to the total length to push against the terminal, while the '-' tube is slightly shorter to allow the wire some room to be pushed against the spring.
I purposely used electrical tape as a temporary cover fix because I wanted to be able to return it in case it fails. I'll wait about 30 days then clean it up. Later, I did put the actual cover on top, held with a strip of black tape for additional protection.
My first experience with Dolby Headphone. How does it sound? The 360 is now permanently relocated from my main 5.1 system (67" DLP + 5.1 mostly Vandersteen) to my Dell 2407WFP PC monitor just so I can use Dolby Headphone. It was that much of a difference.
My ATH-A900s sound a bit diffused and it's not as directional as I thought. However, being able to have a closed audio environment with darn good directional sound is much more preferable than a high-end "open" 5.1 system. Unbelievable. To be fair, I've always preferred headphones so I might be a bit biased. However, it's my system and my ears. Wonder what it's like with better headphones....