A number of years ago I wondered if it was possible to make an awesome sounding pair of headphones myself. After plenty of searching online, I couldn’t find anyone else who had done it from scratch, nor could I find any decent info on how to do it. So I set out to figure it all out.
This website contains the results of extensive testing I have done to figure out how different design/build decisions affect the sound quality. I also provide my designs, so that you can build them yourself, or adapt and customise them.
The homebrew headphones design has been created with all the design complexity on the baffle and all the aesthetics on the simple covers. This makes it easy to adapt the ‘look’ of the design, from crazy to classy very simply. In addition to 3D printed plastic finish, I have done builds with wood and metal covers, plus leather covered headbands.
If you have a go a building a pair, please share your results. I’d also love to hear from people who are more expert than myself on the science of headphone design, so that we can build the ‘design’ section into an awesome practical guide.
I can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
You can seen more of my projects at shannonley.com