A request from one of our family members for better headphones to use while mowing the grass brought us to this DIY project. Inexpensive and easy to make, these noise isolating headphones are perfect for loud outdoor activities during which you would like ear protection but also some music to make the task less arduous.
This incredibly basic project is courtesy of Instructables user Cobalt420 who wanted to listen to music while using ear protection. As you have probably guessed from the above picture, when we said it was "basic," we were not kidding. No soldering, no gluing...just common household tape and a set of protective earmuffs partnered up with earbuds positioned and taped inside the sound blocking ear gear. The earmuffs might also provide an additional acoustic improvement if cavernous enough.
Although this project is incredibly simple and most likely does not result in excellent audio performance, it's an affordable solution if you've got spare set of earmuffs already hanging around (they're also quite affordable, available online for under $10) and want a low cost option of listening to music while working around the yard or around the house. We would however recommend that if you decide to make your own version, for the sake of aesthetics you opt for a more polished adhesive solution than tape.
Check out Instructables for the complete instructions.
Prefer noise cancelling headphones? Check out these headphones from our archives:
- Sennheiser Noise-Cancelling Headphones: The Ultimate Travel Accessory
- Nokia HB-905i Bluetooth Headphones
- Audio Technica's Noise Canceling In-Ear Headphones