How To Make Noise Blocking Headphones

How To Make Noise Blocking Headphones

VideoJug has combined forces with KipKay to bring you a great way to make noise blocking headphones. Make your own headphones with this simple step by step guide, cancelling out all that unwanted noise that surrounds you.

Step 1: Scenario

We’re planning a trip across country, and we're probably going to want to watch a DVD or listen to some mp3's on the airplane, and you know how loud and noisy airplanes are.

Well, I went out and purchased a pair of noise-canceling headphones; these are Sennheiser PXC 250's, and they cost me $170. I kind of wish I hadn't bought them, because I discovered a cheap and easy alternative, that only costs$20, and I'm going to show it to you!

Step 2: Ear Muffs

I picked up a pair of Howard Leight Lightning LOF Ultra Slim Earmuffs. Now these are like the industry standard for shooters and construction workers. They have a noise reduction rating of 23 db, and when you put them on it gets real quiet. You can find a similar pair that will work just as well at your local home improvement store.

Step 3: Disassembled

I also had a small pair of headphones that I wasn't using, and I needed these for the project. I carefully disassembled my headphones. The speaker enclosure just popped off, so I ended up with a disassembled pair of headphones and the existing mini plug.

The foam ear cushions on these LOF's just snap out real easily, and there's plenty of room underneath for the headphone speaker enclosure. The foam ear cushions just snap back in place.

Step 4: Headphones Finished

Check it out! I just made some passive noise canceling headphones. These have a padded headband, and they also fold up to a pretty small size. And they're quieter than my $170 Sennheisers.

That's how to make a pair of noise-canceling headphones for about $20!