5 Minute Super Noise Cancellation Headphones




I spent $15 on headphones the other day. I realized that the company probably made them for less than $5, which is ridiculous. I decided to set out to make my own headphones, ones that would shut sound better. Thus, the 5 Minute Super Easy Noise Cancellation Headphones were born. Links are provided for the specific headphones and earmuffs I used on the last step.

Step 1: Supplies

You will need:
-Noise canceling ear muffs. I used Howard Leight LM-7's
-A cheap pair of over-the-head headphones. I got a pair of Koss KPH-6's for under $5.
-Electrical tape
-Scissors (optional)
-Around 10-15 minutes

Let's get started!

Step 2: Inserting the Headphones Into the Earmuffs

Basically, you just want to take the headphones out of their original enclosure (mine just snapped out) and insert them into each side of the earmuffs until they fit snug. They shouldn't have to lean against the side of them, they should be against the back portion. Once all that is completed, put a piece of your electrical tape on the bottom of the earmuffs on the wire so it doesn't irritate your earlobe like it did mine. See the pictures below. The steps are the same for the other side, too.

Step 3: You're Done!

Now all of that should have only taken you 10-15 minutes depending on how tough it was for you. I hope you enjoyed my first Instructable. please critique me!

Step 4: Links for the Materials

Koss KPH/6 heaphones: http://amzn.to/ovMndX
Howard Leight LM-7: http://bit.ly/mZyArC

For the earmuffs, I suggest you find a newer upgraded model since these are pretty much outdated.



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    10 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 2

    you could try drilling a hole for the wire to go through, for the headphones.


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    Well documented and photographed and a different way of approaching a project that has been done before. I made a similar pair that I use for mowing the lawn. It blocks out the noise and allows me to listen to my Ipod without having to crank it up. Good job zachingves !! and I hope the negatives do not discourage you from building other projects and sharing with the community

    BTW okoshima
    Can you really say a survival tin (store bought ) is "original"??
    "try doing something nobody else has, its more helpful than doing something alot of people have unless you can do it beyond better."
    Your words.

    2 replies

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Unless the ear muffs have some kind of electronics in them (other than the ear phones) they do not cancel the noise they just reduce the amplitude.

    Although such a set up would work OK it isn't noise cancelling. In fact you are doing just what a decent pair of head phones does any way - cups your ear to exclude outside sounds and provide a resonant chamber to enhance the lower frequencies.

    However Good clear photographs and a clear explanation of what you did.

    Well done.

    2 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Have you ever put a pair of Howard Leight's on? They have a noise reduction level of 23 decibels. With that, plus the music cranked up you can't hear anything at all over them. Make a pair for yourself and tell me I'm not right.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    That's true BUT it's not Noise cancelling - the are insulating your ears from the noise. Yes I have made ear muffs into headphones - I am not saying it doesn't work only that they don't cancel out the noise.

    I have a pair of active JCV noise cancelling ear phones I use on long haul flights - With them on and active I can hardly hear the plane engines, (about 70% reduction), but even with my music playing at a comfortable level I can still hear conversation - It's what they are designed to do - Cancel out constant noise.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    sorry but just because its your first instructable doesn't mean anyone is going to go easy on you. the others on here are better and there are enough to chose from.

    plenty of people post amazing first instructables you are not one of them. try doing something nobody else has, its more helpful than doing something alot of people have unless you can do it beyond better.