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So I will be going on a long flight in the next month, and I want some noise cancelling headphones. Instead of dishing out $300 for those Bose QC's, I'll be making my own . So I found some old airplane headphones, and I took them apart. I them cut open the front and back of the headphones where the plastic is, to let the speakers "breath".

I'm just waiting on some ear muffs, like the kind you use when you go to a shooting range, to arrive in the mail. They should be here today. I'll post some picks in a few minutes.

EDIT: Here ya go:



Left driver:



Right driver:



Foam:



Under the foam:



Ghetto wiring!



The story behind the red wire goes like this:

I was trying to cut off the plastic headband, but my knife slipped and I cut the wire. The only wire I had was some 30 gauge stuff. So I cut two pieces, rapped the wires around each one, and taped them together. It works atleast . The only thing is, the left driver sounds louder than the right one. Is there any way to fix this?
Edited by Willanhanyard - 4/26/11 at 4:32pm
    
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Okay, so I got the ear protection in today, and installed the cans. I actualy ended up replacing all of the wire from one speaker to the other with my red 30 gauge wire. I put them in, and they work! . They sound like a garbage truck that fell off a 10 story building, but they work. I have a little work to do to them. I want to get a piece of plastic and put it in them to reduce the noise some more, because it doesn't really muffle a lot of sound. So this total mod, if anyone cares, costs:

$12 or so for the ear muffs. I picked them up from a Big 5.

$0 for the headphones. I just found them in my closet, and I remember that I got them on a flight, so they were free. If you don't have some though, you can get them for around $5

$3 for the wire. It was the only thing they had, and I needed some because the old stuff broke. It was 30 gauge.

So for about $15 or so, you can get some ghetto, homemade headphones. They don't sound very good, but they're good enough for watching tv shows on a plane in a little bit of quiet .
    
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How much worse then the original headphones are they? I've always wondered how this mod would fair if you used half-decent drivers in the first place.

I personally just use these, which block enough noise that I can use them as hearing protection and listen to the radio at work in a machine shop.

http://www.buy.com/prod/sennheiser-h.../90051723.html
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What you are trying to do isn't noise cancelling. It's actually sound isolation with the earmuffs. Noise cancelling works differently.

Also you probably would have been better going to the store and buying some cheap $15 JVC closed headphones.
    
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How much worse then the original headphones are they? I've always wondered how this mod would fair if you used half-decent drivers in the first place.

I personally just use these, which block enough noise that I can use them as hearing protection and listen to the radio at work in a machine shop.

http://www.buy.com/prod/sennheiser-h.../90051723.html
Well, they're airplane, on the ear headphones, so they're not going to sound very good in the first place . After I had them out, to when I opened them up, put new wires in, and put them in the muffs, they do sound a bit better. Nothing like your HD 208's I bet, but they're decent enough to watch tv episodes.

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What you are trying to do isn't noise cancelling. It's actually sound isolation with the earmuffs. Noise cancelling works differently.

Also you probably would have been better going to the store and buying some cheap $15 JVC closed headphones.
Yeah, I know. I just didn't want my title to be "Homemade ear mufflers" .
    
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good luck getting on a plane with those
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good luck getting on a plane with those


That made my day.
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That made my day.
*rofl'ing*
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What...
It's a "TSA is crazy" joke, don't worry, You won't actually have any issues.
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