A quick improvement to the infamous jackhammer headphones

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First off. Thanks to TimAnderson for the great idea (

Well, let's see here. My Shure e2C headphones are broken (the right driver blew) so I took them to where I bought them originally (East Hamilton Radio, Ontario, Canada)to get them serviced. They will be about 2-3 weeks OH NO!

So i obviously listen to these things every day, and I can't stand my stock iPod headphones. And I don't feel like spending 10 bucks on a cheap in ear set. So I went to Princess Auto (also in Hamilton) and picked up some jackhammer earphones for 3.99. The original jackhammer headphones work fine, blocking out more noise than e2Cs, but I'd like to make them more dynamic and bass-heavy.

Things you'll need.


--iPod phones, or any other mid quality earbuds
--standard over the head headphones, (airline phones are great)
*make sure they are the variety with a wire going in to each speaker*
--Jackhammer Headphones
--3.5 mm audio splitter
--Your portable audio device (eg. iPod)
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Step 1: Make some new headphones!

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Let's just start off slow with laying your parts out.

View the notes for each part.

Step 2: Put the lamo headphones into the jackhammer cans

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Just remove the foam insert and place the speaker that was removed from the headphones in the can. Then place the foam back over top. If they rattle around, try adding some more foam behind to firm things up.

Step 3: The Wiring Part

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Put the audio splitter in to your 3.5 mm jack on your iPod. Then insert both the ipod chord, and the jackhammer chord.

Step 4: Finish up

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Put on your iPod headphones like normal...

Then put your jackhammer cans on overtop...

Twist the two chords together to make a nifty black and white chord.

Put on something good and relax. You now have bass-heavy noise canceling headphones to use until your shures get fixed! WOO!
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bowmaster3 years ago
You obviously haven't heard bass if you think apple earbuds have any bass at all.
pcgate3 years ago
Very good idea, they're not noise cancelling though, noise isolation yes.
LkArio5 years ago
I think it'd be better to use better drivers for the headphones. Ipod earbuds are kinda uncomfortable after a while.
codongolev6 years ago
blegh. stock earbuds. skullcandy is a good brand. $15 for the inked kind, and they sound great.
i agree i love skullcandy they have great sound quality and the headphones are nice fitting and comfortable
Unfortunately the ones my friend bought (Ink'd) broke within a week. Also, my Skullcandy HESH broke after a while of usage (the headband snapped, I didn't put innecessary force on it) They are all good at first, but are sadly less reliable than you'd want.
I've had mine for about a year. they haven't given me any problems (other than the fact that I was really rough on them and the jack broke, but a spare pair of headphones and solder fixed that).
i got smokin ones. i got them at fye for $14. it was the ones with an mp3 and earbuds in it. the only thing i dont like is the volume control on them.
I used to have those. I would always bump the volume and wonder where the sound went. :P
shveet5 years ago
u live in Hamilton Ontario? nice.. were can i find the prince auto there >< gota grab my self a pair or two
Guy.Fawkes6 years ago
I am guessing, from the photos, that "jackhammer headphones" are "hearing protectors."
Yeah but with earphones in your ears at the time.
I'm not sure what you ended up with. Are there two speakers in each ear? WHAT??? I think your enginueity is great and probably much better than my spelling...ha ha. Good jobbbo...just don't go deaf. It sucks.
ewilhelm8 years ago
Nice. I also have a huge scar on my eyebrow from slipping and hitting my head in middle school. It compliments my awesome kiteboard scar seen here:
evy-wevy (author)  ewilhelm8 years ago
AH MAN! that totaly sucks...i got nice aquatic sport wound while skim boarding in florida. Who new compacted sand could be like concrete? And not THAT kind of skimboarding, where you throw in and slide along the water..I mean the real WAVE kind -regards
i was knocked unconsious for an hour and i bled liuke crazy till we got to the ER
ok that + the comment directly below = ROFLWAFFLES!!!!
b4 i posted this it went something like this...

i was knocked unconsious for an hour and i bled liuke crazy till we got to the ER


k im done
You should have replied to the "nifty" comment, so that "nifty" would still be directly above "i was knocked unconsious for an hour and i bled liuke crazy till we got to the ER". now They aren't together anymore ={
my bad...haha
i have a scar almost exactly where you do! i got mine from being hit in the head with a nine-iron golf club!
Whoot, Go Leafs!
FIXABLE137 years ago
AllanButton8 years ago
I live in hamilton to. Is there anything that Princess Auto does not carry? I was in there one night, and stumbled across some motors in one of the isles. They where 25cents. I bought a tonne of them. Later I looked up the model number online, and a robotics website sells them for 50 bucks a peice, ouch. Glad I got like 100 of them. :D
evy-wevy (author)  AllanButton8 years ago
lol i love how they have the same item in about 3 different aisles, with 3 different matter what i always go for the cheapest one. lol, that funky ipod case was 4.99 but on other was like 50+
Yea I've noticed that a couple times. The closer you get to the checkouts, the higher the price. I guess they figure if your in a hurry you'll grab the closest item to the door and make for a quick exit. People like you and me are prolly ruining the store, finding the good stuff at the great prices.
evy-wevy (author)  AllanButton8 years ago
i love the army surplus! it's way in the back _
nobody8 years ago
Are Livestrong wristbands still popular?
evy-wevy (author)  nobody8 years ago
i haven't taken mine off since i got it...sooo
hack124x7688 years ago
I was going to give you a bunch of crap for all the "mole"s, but then I realized, not only would I have done that when I was 12-14 (my guess on your age), I still would. About your bass problem, the sony "feather light" headphones go for 5.99 at wally-world (walmart) and can go down to 18hz and take a whole amp. They work great for these style headphones. I have made a few for myself and friends.
evy-wevy (author)  hack124x7688 years ago
too bad, i'm 16 , getting my G1 License tonight...
Clever, however half of your content was that mole crap, pretty annoying. One or two side note in a photo add some wit, that was too many. May I quote my friend,"So a guy is walking around with a toothpick in his mouth, total bad ass. Same guy with two toothpicks, total jackass." an allegory to live by.
sam8 years ago
Princess Auto Rocks!
lemonie8 years ago
You're starting with ear defenders, they end up as earphones.
Anyway, why are these infamous?

evy-wevy (author)  lemonie8 years ago
they have been featured on multiple websites. MAKE magazine featured them in a video podcast. I also didn't want to sound like i invented them...
I take infamous to mean having a reputation of the worst kind, which is why I asked. I think I know what you meant now. L
Was it really necessary to point out every feature of your face? For some reason, people think that having 20 image notes dot the picture, so that you get the task of checking each one, to see if any of them are actually relevant, is fun. You have 18.5 irrelevant image notes. You have 10.5 relevant image tags. Do you get my point?
And where DID that scar com from?
evy-wevy (author)  CameronSS8 years ago
accident, age 4. I was overly excited for nap timeand ended up crashing in to my hardwood bed frame. OUCH! a nice big gash..
Please don't take that personally, but ive jsut gone through quite a few instructables, most of which have ALOT of extra image notes. And i'm a bit cranky at the moment.
evy-wevy (author)  Weissensteinburg8 years ago
s'ok what you think, i was having fun. Earth isn't very much fun if you don't make it fun... Catch my flow?
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