DIY Earbuds
Oct 7, 2016 at 12:30 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 4,294

gwompki

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I'm an active participant over on the Earbuds roundup thread (http://www.head-fi.org/t/441400/earbuds-round-up) and recently there has been a fair amount of discussion regarding DIY.  I realize there is already a thread discussing IEMs, but I didn't see much discussion for ear buds.
 
There are a lot of components available for sale on AliExpress, but unfortunately the product descriptions are very often lacking in detail.  I'm hoping this thread will become a place to share information on parts, show completed builds, give impressions on tuning materials, potential pitfalls, etc.
 
Just to kick off the discussion, I'm planning to build a 300 ohm earbud with these drivers (thanks to @Brian Coffey for recommendation):
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/mx500-driver-15-4mm-speaker-unit-300ohms-send-mx500-shell/32599219535.html?spm=2114.13010208.99999999.270.MKXLvF
 
As well as what I think is a Yuin PK1 type bud:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/original-YUIN-pk1-transparent-film-150ohm-14mm-speaker-unit-fever-earhook-earphones-disassemble/32376534125.html?spm=2114.13010208.99999999.267.MKXLvF
 
Oct 7, 2016 at 1:40 PM Post #4 of 4,294

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Subscribed as well.

Have these on the way. Claims to be the drivers used in Sony e888 and ath-cm5. Thought I'd give it a try.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Indonesia-produced-fever-class-16MM-ear-speaker-unit-CM3-CM5-upgraded-version-comparable-to-E888LP/32689812521.html

Will post up results when it's done.
 
Oct 7, 2016 at 1:55 PM Post #6 of 4,294

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16mm sounds interesting and the price is right. May try these for my next project.

But be warned. If it is indeed like the originals, there will be no lower bass and recessed mid bass. But mids and highs should be quite special. Fingers crossed.
 
Oct 7, 2016 at 2:02 PM Post #8 of 4,294

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Adhesive.

Anyone have any idea what's a good one to use? I'm just going use whatever I have lying around. Unless, there's something better. Hope I don't make a mess of it.
 
Oct 7, 2016 at 2:06 PM Post #9 of 4,294

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Adhesive.

Anyone have any idea what's a good one to use? I'm just going use whatever I have lying around. Unless, there's something better. Hope I don't make a mess of it.

I used RTV silicon applied with a tooth pick to stick the fronts on the shells. For a more permanent solution I had thought about Plasti Weld like what I used on model cars.
 
Oct 7, 2016 at 4:30 PM Post #15 of 4,294

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So in other words it's time to learn how to solder for those of us that never tried? 
 
http://www.explainthatstuff.com/howtorepairheadphones.html
 
https://www.alexwhittemore.com/soldering-the-thinnest-wires-ever-conceived-headphone-modding/
 

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