DIY surround headphones

surround headphones

I was stumbling through HeadWize‘s project archive the other day when I came across Steve Connor’s Poor Man’s Surround Headphones. He used a pair of Sony MDR-CD60 for the base and added three pairs of ear buds. One pair is used for the front channel and two for the rears. The rears have their own amp with the bass turned up to increase the separation. He used a Sound Blaster Live! card for the source. If you are interested in amplifiers and other sound projects, you should definitely have a look at HeadWize.

Comments

  1. Updatelee says:

    was the author’s time/date wrong when he wrote this or is this article friggin old ?

    right at the bottom of the article.

    c. 1998

  2. hi says:

    first

  3. Steve says:

    thanks for the link eliot.

    steve = musician who hates the “surround sound” headphones they try to pawn off on people…so, I usually end up making my own sound equipment. this one seems very much worth a look!

  4. No, it is from 1998. The amount of tips coming in has really fallen off lately so I’ve had to start mining for links.

  5. fbz says:

    wow this is a seriously great find eliot. your mining paid off.

  6. Da_Blitz says:

    Some useful stuff here if you are mining for projects http://www.epanorama.net/ mainly info but has the occasional project like building an oscilloscope from a computer monitor

  7. Arochone says:

    Seen it before. It was on the same page as the DIY noise-cancelling headphones or something that you posted a while back. Though it’s always good to have separate posts…makes searching easier…

  8. haha says:

    No fisrt post for you b*tch.

  9. Robert m. says:

    is it me or is anything that is ‘hack a day’ a poor mans guide to something? why not make a more expensive way to do something? How about a $45,000 camera filter

  10. trebuchet03 says:

    #9 (robert)

    Sure… if you do the $45,000 camera filer… it probably would be posted if its a hack and someone sends in the tip…

    Then…one of us will get a similar result for $45 :P Might not be as clean as the $45,000 one – def. not as pretty. Most hacks are born out of need/want. Hack does not mean cheap… but it also does not mean that it must be expensive. If a hack happens to be cheap, that does not change much (other than the weight of one’s wallet :P)

  11. a gamer says:

    that would be en better if it could be hooked up to a PS2 or Xbox.

  12. Jp(frank18) says:

    I’ve made a new audio hack. It’s a speaker who is running by a ”jack” of ear-phones .
    Go see that on my web site, in the ”low” of my site ( sorry for mistakes, I’m francophone ). My site is in french, but you will understand whit the pictures!

  13. echodelta says:

    Better late than never. 2012 no 1881, that’s right! Eighteen eighty one marks the first demo of binaural sound. Quote! “People were able to discern the position of singers and instruments in the orchestra”. We have just two ears. When I hear of “surround” headphones I cringe. Worst of all is where to put that extra mono speaker that goes in your forehead. Movie, music, and game sound is all faked up from tracks of mono sound. Binaural sound is captured whole and gives the equivalent of an infinite number of channels even above and at great distances. All of this with just 2 channels of audio and ordinary headphones. The sources need hacked not the human interface!

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