Here's my Mark III version of the Frankenkoss - what I hope will be the final chapter in my search for the perfect cheap headband for the ksc75. This time it's foldable!
Since this was a ksc75 w/ volume control, I hacked that plastic doodad right out, and spliced on a cord from a pair of iriver buds I had sitting around (chosen mainly because it has a straight plug that's perfect for my shuffle). I resoldered at the Y connection, because last time I tried resoldering at the metal pads on the driver housing, I almost melted the drivers.
To secure the Y connection, I coated everything in a thin layer of hot glue, then wrapped it with a nylon strap I had sitting around (that grey and black thing you see in the picture) and sealed the nylon by melting it with a lighter. I know it sounds a little jury-rigged, but I got it tight enough where it seems sturdy but still flexible.
Also pictured are my "dremel-modded" grills. I don't have a dremel, so I used an exacto to make the holes (that's why it looks so bad). Just dig the point into the plastic and start twisting the blade - it works like a crude drill. Hey, it got the job done and it's not like I have to look at it everyday
Used a pair of cheap Coby foldables ($3 at the drugstore) for the headband. After I ripped out their drivers, there was a little cup left to fit in the Koss brackets. Obviously, I had to chop them off of the earclips which was a bit tough with just an exacto. Again, secured with hot glue (tons this time
). After that, you can just pop the drivers in like regular clips.
All folded up, for a size comparison.
I'm very satisfied with how it all turned out. The headband is light and comfortable, and squeezes with the perfect amount of pressure to keep the Koss snug against my ears. Doing the dremel mod opens up the highs and tames the bass, but keeping the pads as stock (with no hole cut out of the middle) keeps them non-fatiguing and not too bright.
And despite the poverty of materials, I think I took enough care with the build quality that everything seems secure and looks good (from the outside at least
). And it all fits in my pocket to boot! The Koss + Shuffle combination is portable heaven, and now I don't have to suffer the pain of earclips. Now I just have to do something about the Coby logo...