Simple Headphone Super-Bass Mod




Introduction: Simple Headphone Super-Bass Mod

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Sup guys! In this instructables, i will show how you can take you standard headphones (or even higher end ones) and do an easy mod that takes you less than 30 minutes, but will give you a extreme Bass BOOOOOOOOOOOOTS!!

I will be testing on my pair of Skullcandies which the had strap broke, but i still use it.


Heaphones (optional..... xD just kidding)
Phillips Screw Driver
Flat Head Screw Driver

Step 1: Labotimizing Your Headphones...

Essentially, the process allows your headphone elements (the heaphone "speakers") to vent air to make it give a deeper sound when it's at work.

First, use whatever you need to open up you headphone casings so you get access to the element.
The screws for this pair was under the ear cushions.

Step 2: Removing Paper Cover

If you see in the picture, you notice that the back of the elements have this black tape like substance going around the edges. Under this layer of tape, there are holes which are going to be our air vents soon.

Get a flat head screw driver and just start scraping away at the paper/tape like material. YOu might need to put some strength into it, but remember not to damage the elements.

IMPORTANT!!!  the tape will not be removed from the holes, but do NOT try to remove them quite yet, you dont it to fall into the element cause you cant get it out then.

Step 3: Now We Puncture the Holes...

Get a very small precision screwdriver (preferably flat head) and we will puncture the holes now. DO SO VERY LIGHTLY, because we do not want to damage the element inside. As you open up the holes, attempt to scopp the tape OUTWARDS so you dont get them into the hole.

After that, just blow away all the paper thingy residue and reseal the headphones. YOU ARE DONE AND ENJOY IMPROVED YOUR  OOOMPHA DA OOMPHING!



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    11 Discussions

    Side note should be that you need to add cushioning to the inside of the headphone cup. That's the reason why the sound quality decreases, you need to stop the sound from bouncing around in there! It works just like cushioning in a subwoofer box would. (the reason why you put cushioning in a subwoofer box) Just fit and spread out 2/3 cotton balls in there, that will solve the muddy sound quality afterwards.

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    *2 cotton balls is WAY TOO MUCH! just add a half of a cotton ball per cup and spread it out. :)

    If you are lucky enough to have a small pair of speakers (I used 4 ohm ones) a few passive components can make a very effective crossover. You lose overall volume but make it back on fidelity, same reason why its better to use separate woofers and tweeters on a car.

    I found that the "Hello Kitty" soon to be "Hello Schroedinger" headphones actually have a lot of space inside if you carefully cut away at the casing to fit the speakers flush with the plastic then use thermal pads robbed from a dead PS3 to hold everything onto the back plate so the speakers can't move.

    another similar mod you can do is drill holes in the housing after opening the tape on the back (or even without removing the tape) then add a dampening material to the hole to prevent dust from getting and and reducing reverberation to add more detail to the sound.

    This can make it easier for dust to get into the speaker in the long run... which will cause your sound to degrade over time.

    Aside from that, many headphones have too much low end these days as it is! People are way too obsessed with the low end these days... it absolutely ruins good sound.

    I strongly suggest that if you really have to have more low end, learn to adjust your EQ so that there is more low end, and less high end. Also, maybe think of raising the low mids more than the lows, since that is really the sound most people are looking for... not true low end.

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    I agree... most of my generation (including me) truly dont apprecaite good sound quality... an audiophile in kid's standard means he likes bass.... but a lot today's song doesnt help much with their trashy merits...

    I listen to classical and electro mainly, so doesnt effect me much.

    About the dust matter though, depends on the headphones i guess. The casing of my headphones do not have a vent and is sealed, thus no dust can get in. The only extra air for the sound to reverberate in is the air in the casing itself.

    Anyways, Thanks for the heads up

    No problem. So when you say you listen to classical, do you mean classic rock, or actual classical music? I mostly listen to actual classical and jazz myself... It's pretty rare to find someone else who also listens to classical! ;)

    Classical as in Mozart :D.
    I just dont appreciate a lot of modern day music...

    I don't either. (Although it could be argued that some modern day "music" is not really music... Mainly a lot of rap.)

    So let me ask you this; if you like Mozart, then why do you need the extra low end? Skull candy headphones have a ton of low end as it is, and don't lend themselves to classical music that well. I personally use Bose or Sennheiser headphones for my personal listening, and most people of today don't like those because they refuse to bend to the low end craze.

    It was just a little thing i found online that you can do, and wanted to share it with people. Sorry if i caused any confusion, but this process just allows the element to play a wider range of frequencies, not neccesarily "BOOST" the bass. A typical element has a LFR of around 120Hz (i think) and plays to around 50Hz in its casing. When this process is done, i have seen results of around 20Hz. It also clears up the vocals.

    Actually, I would like a pair of Sennheisers, but my teenage wallet is empty as it already is... especially with my last speaker build :b. I would probably not tamper with those pairs though, Only on cheaper headsets because... they're cheap!

    HaHa... yep! Nobody is going to be touching my Bose or Sennheisers any time soon! ;)

    (And you are correct about how this works... although the low end is the most affected.)