Picture of Wooden LED Synced Headphones from Scratch
Over the past few months I have been asked by my fellow classmates and friends,"Mark, why are you making headphones?" My response has consistently been, I love music, I want good quality over ear headphones, but I don't want to drop 300+ on name brand headphones. If you know me I will take almost any opportunity I can get to make something if i need it. So I received mixed reactions in the early stages of the project, some positive some negative, but as these progressed more and more people realized how cool these were going to turn out. 

Why do they blink? Well I wanted there to be a unique effect that would make them stand out, and not just be wooden headphones. I've had people stare at me while I'm in the library, with faces saying "Wait a second, is it blinking to the music? Sweet I want a pair!"

I just want to say that I made everything from scrap pieces of wood, leather, acrylic, plastic, and foam with the exception of the electronics of coarse. I had no directions, just countless prototypes out of packing material and some rough measurements of Bose acoustic  headphones. Making these headphones has been a wonderful experience for me and is one of my more successful pieces of art I have made and thats why I want to share them with all of you. Special thanks to my mother, father and Garry Cerrone for all contributing knowledge of their trades.

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wabrown146 days ago

That is really cool. Looks like it takes a lot of work. Nice job!

Fafnir3 months ago
hey! amazing instructable. I want to try making this, but can I use 5W 4ohm speakers I salvaged from an ihome? I'll mainly be using it with my laptop. Thnx in advance
kelan.solomon7 months ago

truly amazing!

Gnmar27231 year ago
Thanks a ton!
also is it just generic rosin core solder or does it have to be anything special like lead free?
Thanks again

Yes there is no such thing as AUDIO solder.

Wooaaah these are really nice! Hahaha they remind me of soundproof headsets for bullet practice :) Thanks a lot! I was looking for an instructable like this for one of my final projects at school :) I'm gonna see if I could possibly add RGB LEDs and a switch to switch their colours hahaha. I'm gonna do that music led box from motadacruz with RGB LEDs to see if that works :)

awesome photos. great job. i've often wanted a pair of wooden headphones. i think they would be classy. sure enough yours do look good. thanks for sharing.
Marker1024 (author) 1 year ago
Sorry for the late response, It's all 18 gauge speaker wire. It doesn't matter that much just know the more copper strands the better the quality. And for the battery used a single strand electrical wire.

Thayheb, think of it this way. The transistor is essentially using the music as a light switch. The circuit is already complete so when a high enough frequency passes through it makes a bridge and turns on the light.

Also I am not selling this model but I am making a second generation that will be easier for me reproduce.

Hope this helps!
Thayyeb1 year ago
youre a genius
pls tell me more about the gauge
and the figure between the ground connection at tip31 and the battery
oliver5201 year ago
Are you planning on selling it?
Gnmar27231 year ago
Also what gauge is it?
Anything you can do to help would be great I just have no clue!

Gnmar27231 year ago
What kind of wire are you sodering to the transistor?
Is it just electrical or speaker wire?
victim1152 years ago
There are pretty awesome. I had a few questions:
1. How long do the batteries last?
2. They just work like regular headphones if the battery is dead or there isn't on in, correct?
Marker1024 (author)  victim1152 years ago
Hi Victim115, they last a long time because battery is only powering the light when its on. I have yet to change the original batteries since I finished them. Recently I soldered in a 3v battery holder so if need be they can be replace easily. Also yes the headphones work the same with or without a battery.
D006DR2 years ago
Great idea! I have a Sennheiser HD535 open air sustem, several years old (12??) and it is falling apart. The parts I need are so expensive that the option to buy a new one is a better option. The polstery at the head band and the foam cushions inside the ear parts has gone bad. The foam is replaced by felt. It is open and the filtering is minimal. I always would have had a wooden version of a headphone. Your idea is great! Thanks for sharing.
Marker1024 (author) 2 years ago
Also I want to thank everyone who commented and viewed this instructable! I will be posting a better schematic shortly and please stay tuned and subscribe for I am making a second generation that will blow this one away. I hope to have them finished by the end of the summer.
Just kinda wondering, anyone know how much it would be to make these?
Marker1024 (author)  usMudack19982 years ago
I suggest saving the headband it will make life easier. If you already have headphones you like its mostly just the cost of electronics and raw materials, so probably no more than 50$ if you don't have access to hard woods, acrylic, etc.
chinda.raul2 years ago
Sweeet! I'd gladly get these over dre beats. awesome.i'll build me some! by the way what song did you play on the test
g00dhum0r2 years ago
Awesome. I want to make a pair but I don't have all those power tools :(. I would choose these over the dre beats any day.
Slay.2 years ago
hey, no offence or anything, but could you please include a better version of the schematic? i went to try to assemble it for a different speaker project, but i was having a little bit of trouble figuring it all out. Great ible!
Wood is a very good material for sound quality, wood gives the sound a "smoother" signature. Wood is relatively strong, lightweight, self damping, and due to its fibrous nature it disperses resonances into a broader frequency spectrum making them less audible at any one particular frequency. Thanks for sharing.
Krayzi992 years ago
"Wait a second, is it blinking to the music? Sweet I want a pair!"

Marker1024 (author) 2 years ago
This isn't the same plastic I used, but it's called instamorph. I've used similar products where you heat up the little grains of plastic until they are transparent, and mold together. You could very easily roll them into a sheet. I don't know how strong this plastic will permit the band to be , but it's worth a shot this stuff is so cool.
russ9602 years ago
Do you have a link to the plastic sheets. I can't seem to find them on Amazon with the suggested search.
How heavy are these 'phones?
GrantLevy2 years ago
Nice. But how do they sound? How do they sound compared to the original Sennheiser 'phones?
bobbubbles2 years ago
what is that song?
Those are very elegant and have an almost "steampunk" quality to them.
workislove2 years ago
I love it! I've been thinking about something just like this for a while, but never got around to it. I'll take your instructable as some added inspiration!
Libahunt2 years ago
Simply so beautiful ...
I especially like the aesthetics of the small dot of light under a bigger glass area.
Perhaps one could replace the transistor with a vacuum tube for more of a steampunk look.
Marker1024 (author) 2 years ago
Thank you eó hóbáin I had no idea still new to this
the top of the transistor you cut off is a heatsink. Transistors can have different gains at different temperatures and burn out if they overheat themselves. It still shouldn't be a problem, I doubt it will overheat in a headphone circuit.
Still if there is a problem its better to know.
roboticsme2 years ago
Awesome job man. Plan on trying to emulate your build in coupe of weeks!
omnibot2 years ago
Those are some beautiful headphones!
About the transistor .. the tip31ag is a bit overkill. The LED only draws 20 milliamperes at 3 volts so a much smaller one could be used. Just any standard NPN will do.
diy_bloke2 years ago
nicely done!!
BrownChas2 years ago
Even though there an old style headphone, I think they look great; damn good job and a fine finished product.
caitlinsdad2 years ago
Nice! A pair of "ghetto grados". You could stuff a bit of fiberfill or cotton or sand the plastic cover to diffuse the single LED a bit for a better light effect. Or you could use the LED to do an edge light up sign effect on the logo you scratched into the plastic.
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