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DIY: Headphone suspender for PRO 900 (and maybe other headphones)

post #1 of 22
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I love just about everything about PRO 900 except one thing. The padding on top is pretty narrow. Although it may work fine with a person with a flat head, I happen to have a pointy top and the contact area is even small which increases the pressure between the pad and the top of my head. After about an hour of wearing them the contact area gets numb and it becomes uncomfortable.

After reviewing various headphones I've decided build my own suspender. I chose the suspender over additional pads due to simple installation and reversibility (as in no harm done when you don't want to use it anymore!)

 

The concept is pretty simple and it works quite well. I haven't had time to put more than 1/2 hour yet but when I get to work I should be able to put longer than an hour and see how it performs. Initial impression is pretty good, however.

 

headband2.jpg

 

I went down to Hancock Fabrics and bought some fake leather fabric. It feels like suede on one side and has a gray cloth back. I glued two layers of the fabric together so it provides thickness and makes it look nicer (make sure the glue dries completely before cutting and adding snaps otherwise things can slip and slide). I then created a template, printed on paper, lightly glued on the fabric and cut it. I also bought some snaps. Total was $7.19.

 

I am sure you can use other materials. If you use thinner or thicker materials you will need to adjust the distance between the snaps so it snaps tight around the headband.

 

 

headband3.jpg

After that, just put it on, snap, and voila!

 

headband4.jpg

 

I know it's not the prettiest thing but it doesn't look hokey and work quite well. Best of all, it doesn't modify your headphones in anyway so you can also reverse it back.

 

headband5.jpg

 

It seems a bit taut in the photo but when I wear them there's enough space for one thumb between the suspender and the pad. I suppose that can be adjusted by lengthening the middle part. Also, by adjusting the distance between the snaps and the total length, this could work for any headphones that have similar headband as PRO 900.

 

You can add a thin layer of padding in the mid part and saw the two layers up for improved comfort.

 

If anyone's interested I can post the template I created which can be used as basis to fit your own sets.

 

Hope you enjoyed it. This was my weekend project :)

post #2 of 22

Very cool! I think it looks great. I'm also a fan of your Lego man.

post #3 of 22

Where did you find headphones sized for a lego-man? I would like to buy them for my lego-men.

 

Seriously (OK, I would actually buy headphones for my lego-men):

Very nice work!

post #4 of 22

Wow thats impressive! I agree the top does dig into the head after a short while and this seems like it would create a more even pressure.

 

You should keep your work secret and sell these for 30 bucks, heck 50, it's the audio world!

post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by earthpeople View Post

Very cool! I think it looks great. I'm also a fan of your Lego man.



I knew the Lego man would be more popular than my suspender idea wink.gif

post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by nikongod View Post

Where did you find headphones sized for a lego-man? I would like to buy them for my lego-men.

 

Seriously (OK, I would actually buy headphones for my lego-men):

Very nice work!



I used to work for a industrial design company whose client was Legoland and I had to design a mold for the oversized Lego man for their stores. After the work was done, I got to keep a very first product out of the mold.

post #7 of 22

/me jealous

post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Graphicism View Post

Wow thats impressive! I agree the top does dig into the head after a short while and this seems like it would create a more even pressure.

 

You should keep your work secret and sell these for 30 bucks, heck 50, it's the audio world!


 

I suppose but this is a pretty simple concept and if you're handy anyone should be able to do it. Besides, HF has been a great help for me so I am giving back a little.

post #9 of 22

Very nice, if I have the same issue when mine arrive I will try that out. I think that I would touch up the edges with a black sharpie though.

post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by grokit View Post

Very nice, if I have the same issue when mine arrive I will try that out. I think that I would touch up the edges with a black sharpie though.



LOL, I actually tried and it's kinda porous so I couldn't get it to become completely black and I gave up.

post #11 of 22

this is a pretty cool idea. might have to try it soon and save myself from some numbness haha. can you post the template or pm it to me? thanks

post #12 of 22

Very cool project.

post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 

You can download it from below. It's in PDF format so grab a free PDF reader if you don't have one.

 

Suspender template in PDF

 


Edited by Dougeefresh - 7/30/11 at 8:49pm
post #14 of 22

You know, I know a leather smith who could make these in his sleep, you mind if I pass this on?

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Dougeefresh View Post

You can download it from below. It's in PDF format so grab a free PDF reader if you don't have one.

 

Suspender template in PDF

 


thanks a lot! i'll be making one when i have time

 

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