Hack an Airline Noise Cancellation Headphones for Use With PC




Introduction: Hack an Airline Noise Cancellation Headphones for Use With PC

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you can easily modify an existing airline noice cancellation headphones for use with PC. The wires need to be identified and connected to suitable male components. All these have been indicated in the video.

Step 1:

Step 2: Identify the Wires in Stereo Cable With 3.5 Mm Jack

Using a multi-meter, identify the wires of the stereo cable. The colour may vary from cable to cable. The pin outs of the cable I used are shown in the image.

Step 3: Connecting the Wires for Noise Cancellation

Pink wire of headphone is +ve and Green is Ground/-ve. Connect the Pink wire to the pin 1 of USB and Green wire to pin 4 of USB.

Step 4: Connect Stereo Cable to the Headphones

Connect the stereo cable wires and the wires from the headphone as shown in the image.

Step 5: Plug the USB Male Into the USB Port of PC and the 3.5 Mm Male Jack Into the Audio Port

Watch the video to see the working of the modified headphone.

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2 years ago

Emirates supplies a newer model now, which partially have a wooden-like material. The sound quality is quite good (but less than Sony of Bose), and the noise cancellation is mediocre (it only cancels deep sounds, unlike my Bose which also cancels the low part of the mid tones).

The connections of the new type are as follows:
Blue = right
Grey = left
Shielding = earth
POWER (5 volts):
Brown = +
Green = -

With the noise cancellation switched OFF, you can listen to music without power.
With the switch ON, and no external power, the heaphone does not produce sound.
With the switch ON, and external power via USB, you'll see the red LED glowing, and the heaphone does produce sound with a bit of noise cancellation.
The noise cancellation is such, that I do not hear a difference in my living room. But when driving in my car, there is a clear difference; I expect this situation to be more or less the same as in an airplane.


Question 2 years ago

Hi, I need help. I tried you methode but with no luck. No sound or noice cancelation.. What am i doing wrong? i did connect the wires the correct way. Or at least I connected the correct wires to each other.. HELPP plz


4 years ago

Thanks a lot for the write up and taking the time for the detailed pictures and video.

Any idea what voltage is required to activate the noise canceling circuit?

If I splice the pink and green wires into the live and ground wires from a cut USB cable and plug it into a laptop I don't get the noise canceling to work when it's plugged in.

Was thinking of powering the noise cancelling circuitry using 5v from a portable source like a power bank or something.

Will the noise cancellation and the red light work if you supply power independently to that part of the circuit, even without plugging in the 3.5mm? Useful for testing.

Nice tutorial by the way!

Tai T
Tai T

5 years ago

This is really cool! I have looked everywhere. A friend gave me a set of sony NC headphones They have a dual jack, 2.5 and 3.5. The 2.5mm prong was probably the airplanes power and the 3.5mm was the audio. I thought I'd do what you have done an just make them for use at a computer. Since I'm always doing subtitles for films. I only have four wires though; once the Jack is snipped off. Seems a bit odd.

You have given me some hope that these phones may be of use. Thx


6 years ago

Free headphones...I like it! It would be great to see some photos and steps to go along with your video! Thanks for sharing your project. :)


Reply 6 years ago

I ahve edited and posted clear images and a new video with the working. Hope it helps.


Reply 6 years ago

Awesome, thank you!!