You’ll be amazed how easy it is to make reasonable sounding headphones for a few dollars in parts. While a Styrofoam bowl isn’t going to sound quite as good as some Beats by Dre headphones, most people who listen say “wow, I never would have expected that from a bowl and a plate!”
What you’ll need:
6″ diameter Styrofoam bowls (qty 2).
Available on Amazon in a 100 pack.
6″ diameter Styrofoam plates (qty 2).
Available on Amazon in a 100 pack here.
Sheet of paper, 8.5″x11″ (qty 1)
1/2″ x 3/8″ Neodymium magnets (qty 2) [1/2″ x 1/4″ is OK].
Available in a 10 pack on Amazon.
Or buy the exact quantity you need direct from CMS Magnetics here.
Hot glue gun and glue stick
Tape (ex. “Scotch” tape)
Available on Amazon.
Available on Amazon or Radio Shack.
30 AWG magnet wire (about 25 feet per speaker, so 50 feet for a pair of headphones)
Huge quantity available on Amazon here (makes about 100 speakers, or 50 headphones)
Smaller quantity available on Amazon or at Radio Shack
3.5mm Stereo male-to-male cable
Huge quantity available here.
For one headphone, available here.
Optional tools and materials
Wire strippers / cutters.
Available on Amazon.
Soldering iron and solder (optional, but makes it last longer)
Needle nose Pliers
Paper cutting tool
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