Thanks to everyone for the compliments on the aesthetics! I'm currently working on a better way for these to be more rigid and adjustable. It has been pretty difficult to get a good ergonomic band shape, because the wood likes to bend back to being straight. I'm thinking that I'm going to make 2 small dados on the top side of the headband and inlay some kind of brushed aluminum or stainless steal rod and change the adjustability interface so it's a little bit more customizable. The way it's designed right now forces your to choose between only a couple sizes instead of allowing you to get just the right fit.
Another part of the design I'd like to tweak is that I want to design some sort of planar magnetic or electrostatic driver that doesn't have to be plugged into an amp to be enjoyed. Any suggestions on how to go about this?
Originally Posted by wakibaki
The aesthetic of the design is great, as is the way you have cut the wood to allow the headband to flex.
Looking at your other pictures, it seems the cups are closed back. The audio performance is related to whether the cups are open or closed back, and audio technica make both types. You will need to look into this in order to tune the audio performance, which is also affected by the dimensions and the shape of the cavities. The simplest thing, obviously, is to mimic the design these drivers are intended for.
Many people will feel that solid wood is preferable to ply.
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@Wakibaki- Audio Technica gave me drivers that are actually from a pair of discontinued headphones, so I honestly have no idea whether they're meant to be closed or open backed cups. Are there any distinguishing differences between the two types of driver?
Originally Posted by bootdsc
That is a neat design, so how do they sound?
At the moment, they sound pretty terrible in all honesty. They're golden in the high frequency ranges for the most part, but as I turn the volume up the bass quickly deteriorates and I'm left with almost screechy hi frequency sound. Does anybody have a good solution for this?
Thanks :D. I love the way you've done the cups on your pair. What are some of the most difficult challenges you had to get through when making your pair? I really want to do my own driver, and I'm trying to decide between the different types of drivers.