How Good Are The Head(amame) 3D Printed Headphones?

3D printing lets the average maker tackle building anything their heart desires, really, and many have taken to using the technology for audio projects. Printable speaker and headphone designs abound. The Head(amame) headphones from [Vector Finesse] are a design that combines 3D printed parts with hi-fi grade components to create a high-end listening experience. [Angus] of Maker’s Muse decided to try printing a set at home and has shared his thoughts on the hardware.

Printing the parts has to be done carefully, with things like the infill settings crucial to the eventual sound quality of the final product. Using a properly equipped slicer like CURA is key to getting the parts printed properly so the finer settings can be appropriately controlled. The recommendation is to print the pieces in PETG, which [Angus] notes can be difficult to work with, and several prints were required to get all the parts made correctly.

Assembly is straightforward enough with kits available with all the fasteners and electronic parts included. Subjectively, [Angus] found the sound quality to be impressive, with plenty of full bass and clearly defined highs. Overall, it’s a positive review in the areas of comfort and sound quality.

Detractors will note that the kit of parts costs over $100 USD alone, and that after hours of work and printing, the user is left with a set of headphones made out of obviously 3D-printed parts. It seems destined to be a product aimed at the 3D printing fanbase. If you want a set of headphones you can customise endlessly in form and color, these are ideal. If you prefer the fit and finish of a consumer-grade product, they may not be for you.

It’s a good look at a design sure to appeal to a wide set of makers out there. We’ve seen 3D printing put to good use in this realm before, too. Video after the break.

25 thoughts on “How Good Are The Head(amame) 3D Printed Headphones?

  1. You might be able to find the parts (or substitutes) from the parts kit for cheaper, to be fair, and then get the files.That should help you with the “high price” thing, and maybe then it’ll appear to a “wide set of makers”; not everyone needs Mini-XLR on their headphones.

  2. Just a quick tip, from own experience: If you print a headband, pay particularly good attention to where the Z seam comes to rest when slicing. Headbands need to flex but also need to be rigid, you do NOT want the seam in the middle of the headband, it WILL break there sooner or later. You will want the Z seam at one of the ends of the headband.

      1. That will probably do, too, you’ll just end up with random specks all over your print.

        I believe the default for the seam is “sharpest corner” (CMIIW) which, depending on the part, can still end up at a stress point. Most of the 3d printing people I know choose to have the seam neatly in one line, usually facing the front or slightly offset so it ends up at the bottom of a part. Which is generally a good option, and in this case exactly the wrong thing to do.

  3. I get that you DIY something because the process is half the fun.
    But man… 120 bucks without shipping for bits and pieces you need to be extra careful vs. 150 including shipping for a beyerdynamic dt770 i can throw across the room and still have them be in perfect working condition…

  4. Geez, I’m not sure if I’d pay $120 even if the headset came ready to use.

    I have a Logitech G930 I’d love to replace one of these days though. I got a great deal on it a few years ago. But it’s wireless and constantly desyncing at the worst times. When it does, all sound will stop for a few seconds and then there’s a beep and it comes back. It’s not bluetooth, it’s some proprietary Logitech 2.4ghz signal. It has a USB port for charging. I wish Logitech had added a usb soundcard functionality to that too so I could just use it in a wired mode.

  5. Cool. Reminds me a bit of a pair of DIY headphones from a 1984’s book from former East Germany (“Elektronikbasteln im Wohnbereich”, military publisher of GDR). But instead of a fancy 3D printer, two big Polystyrol lids of “VEB Bero” powder coffee cans were used. The hanger/holder was made from a 2mm thick stripe of PVC which was slightly heated to make it bend. Speakers used were normal 4-15 ohms types, though, so they had to be attentuted by an extra circuit. Connecting them directly to the speaker outputs of a home stereo (say HSV 900) was too dangerous for the human hearing..

  6. Yeah, lets 3D print plastic parts that would cost under $1 to have moulded, this is just stupid in so many ways
    Sure 3D printing has it’s place, but it’s not this
    What would the added value of printing them yourself be?

    1. It’s fun to put things together. It’s cool to get a compliment on something and say “Oh yeah I made these.” I really like how customizable it is. The color scheme is only limited by the filament that’s out there. I’d say that’s where the value comes from.

    1. But why though? Why pick an argument noone started, come up with a baseless assumption, and then get sad — or worse: angry — about it?

      I think that is a rather unhealthy way to spend time online. Are you okay?

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