Broken DJ headphones + shooting range ear muffs = LOVE.
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    Default Broken DJ headphones + shooting range ear muffs = LOVE.

    Hey guys,

    So it all started when my old Sony MDR-V700 broke. A guest at our house party put them on her fat head and they snapped




    No sweat. $20 with shipping got me these from the interweb:



    http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net...ing-l0f-1.html

    Initially I thought I could fix them, and upon taking them apart, I realized they had to WAY too many little moving parts and screws/springs/etc., so I knew I would have to replace the body and just use the drivers:



    I drilled a hole in the bottom of one can, and one on either side of the top of each can. I recommend using a dremel, to cut/drill the plastic, as it's way quicker and more precise than carving the plastic with a knife:






    Next, it was time to wire them up... Oh geez:





    Progress. I ran the wire from a 1/8th inch wire from one headphone can, through the neoprene headliner. I couldn't believe they are open on either side... it's almost like they were meant for wiring!
    Something to note: The Sony wire is very thin, and coated with a very thin coating, that is not conductive. You have to hit it with a lighter for a few seconds to burn it off, clean off the wire with a razor, and solder to your wire/solder points.




    A slit needs to be made in one side of the foam to let the wires through. Remember, these are DELICATE wires! Last one:




    Here they are all wired and re-assembled:









    The best thing about these things is, they're rated a 27 for noise reduction because they are meant for shooting ranges, meaning that what ever is going on outside of your cans can hardly be heard... at all. I'm talking, you can hear your heartbeat. When you throw some quality drivers in there, all you get is music. It's fantastic!
    Also, the earpads snap on and off very easily and are very comfortable. They squeeze your head so snug you could headbang and not loose em




    and finally, my ghetto headphone bag



    And the remains: RIP, but not really... they were completely high maintenance in comparison to these new ones. If something breaks, I can buy another pair for $20 and have spare parts for backup.




    Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics, it's just so much easier
    Last edited by Villinus; 06-14-2010 at 03:55 PM.

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    Lol awesome. Mine broke too, I just chucked them in the garbage -.-

    Anybody own a pair of mdr700s that has lasted over 1-2 years? Pretty sure they are designed to blow up and crack once 2 years hit.

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    When I was starting out as a recording engineer, there was a guy around who hand made THE BEST cans for drummers. Everyone raved about the separation and how there was no leakage, how clear they were.

    Airport ground crew headgear with quality drivers inside them. That was his trick.

    Just be careful not to drive them too hard and blow your ears up.
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    Looks ace bro'!
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    Awesome guide!

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    That is an awesome idea and a great post.

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    woah wicked man! this should be on the DJTT blog

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    Awesome!
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    Nice write up with pictures, excellent job.

    Give that man a gold star.

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