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Head phones that light up... help me!

post #1 of 9
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So I have decided for my next project to create a pair of headphones that light up, to use for when I'm DJing.

The problem is that I'm not very good at taking my ideas and actually applying them... I'm also not that great with my hands, so I don't want a mod that is going to be extremely technical. Here is what I was thinking

1. Use EL wire (The problem is it makes a whining sound which I absolutely hate)
2. Use LEDs (I'm not sure how I could do this without making the phones look like a christmas tree)

I definitely want the headphone cable to light up (I'm guessing this would be impossible with a coiled cable?), and if possible I would like to integrate some lighting into the headphones. 

I know this kind of thing is basically the headphone equivalent of putting neons under a car, BUT, my justification is that a) this isn't illegal, and b) I've never seen it before, save some crappy youtube videos; if done right I think it could look really good.

If any of the more technically-inclined members would be kind enough to share their thoughts I would really appreciate it!

Thanks,

 

Eggy

post #2 of 9
Glow in the dark paint?
post #3 of 9
Does the EL wire itself whine or just the inverter?

Extend the wire so the inverter is on your belt etc... Possibly a few ferrite rings on the feed wires might remove some of the whine?
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

Glow in the dark paint?


Not a huge fan of glow in the dark paint, as it has a dated '90s look to it.

 

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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

Does the EL wire itself whine or just the inverter?

Extend the wire so the inverter is on your belt etc... Possibly a few ferrite rings on the feed wires might remove some of the whine?


I believe it is the inverter that causes the whine, and when I did a very rough test run I did have the placement at around pocket/belt level. The problem is that the whine seems to be channeled through the cable, and when I put the headphones on I could hear it.

The ferrite ring solution could work; although I have no idea where I would go to find the right size. Seems a bit complicated :(

Why haven't any companies started making this kind of thing? It blows my mind, considering how big the "fashion" headphone industry has become.

post #5 of 9
If you haave an old USB cable or power brick with the big round section near the connector you could cut it out of the plastic and try one of the feed wires or both through it.

Put the wire through the core and loop it around and put it through again, might help, might not as I havn't worked with any EL wire before on headphones and it doesn't make much noise inside a computer case. biggrin.gif
post #6 of 9
You can find some TRON light up headphones on eBay, but I doubt they would have any quality to them.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

If you haave an old USB cable or power brick with the big round section near the connector you could cut it out of the plastic and try one of the feed wires or both through it.

Put the wire through the core and loop it around and put it through again, might help, might not as I havn't worked with any EL wire before on headphones and it doesn't make much noise inside a computer case. biggrin.gif

 

Definitely too technical for me... Methinks I might have to seek the help of a professional o.o

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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

You can find some TRON light up headphones on eBay, but I doubt they would have any quality to them.


Honestly I'm not really a fan of the "TRON" style, even though with this concept it is kind of unavoidable. I want something as understated as possible, while still being eye-catching.

And yes, I want my headphones to sound good!

post #8 of 9
I think you will get better respond from DIY section xD
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

I think you will get better respond from DIY section xD

 

Did not notice the DIY section! I think you are right. I will post in there ASAP.

Sorry mods about the confusion! Feel free to close this thread if you like!

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