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Build Your Own Bone-Conducting Headphones

Bone-conducting headphones sound like strange gadgets, but they’re surprisingly easy to build. This video from Tinkernut walks you through the basics of speaker technology, and in the first minute or two tells you how to build a bone-conduction speaker you could easily house in a hollowed out pair of on-ear headphones or earmuffs.

Ask LH: How Can I Stop My Earphones From Breaking?

Dear Lifehacker, After going through my third pair of earphones for my mobile in recent times, I was wondering if there is a “preferred” way to keep the phone in your pocket? Do you have the lead facing upwards from the outside of the pocket, or down towards the groin? I’m sick of my earphones not lasting a year before the connection becomes sketchy.

Ask LH: Are High-End Headphones Really Worth The Money?

Dear Lifehacker, You guys often talk about headphones, and some of them are really expensive, costing $200 or more. I have a pair of $20 headphones that I love, and I’ve always wondered: are those high-end ones really worth it? What’s so special about expensive headphones that makes them better?

Comply Foam Tips Make Your Earbuds More Comfortable, Isolate Noise

Most earbuds use a silicone tip that works OK, but doesn’t always give you the best seal — which means outside noise will still creep in (and bass response will suffer). Comply memory foam tips are a good alternative, with a few caveats.

Wrap Your Headphone Cables In Beads To Keep Them From Tangling

If you want to add a little personality to your headphones and keep the cables from twisting and tangling, the answer may be as close as your local craft store. All you need are some beads in a colour you wouldn’t mind wearing, and you have a ticket to snag-free headphone cords.

Extend Battery Life For Wireless Headphones With A Lightweight Power Bank

This trick is all about functionality over form. If you use wireless headphones but need them to work for several hours without needing to recharge, Redditor Aldorf suggests attaching a lightweight power bank to the headband.

Ask LH: How Can I Clean My Over-Ear Headphones?

Dear Lifehacker, I own a pair of over-ear headphones (Corsair Vengeance 1500, to be precise), and they’re getting rather grubby. The actual ear-covers are made out of a carpet-like material. What can I do to remove dust, sweat and grime from them without damaging the headphones in any way?

Who Won The Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones?

Thanks to everyone who entered our recent competition to win one of three pairs of Bose QuietComfort 15 acoustic noise cancelling headphones. We had hundreds of entries and lots of great suggestions for the unusual essential you always pack for a business trip — these are the winners.

Win! One Of Three Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

What’s the one unusual essential you always pick for a business trip? A black bin bag? Duct tape? A resealable food container? Tell us your story to win one of three silver Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise cancelling headphones (worth $399 each). You’ll definitely want a pair of QC15s with you on the next trip you take…

How To Turn Your Favourite Pair Of Headphones Into A Headset

Can’t find a headset you like for making voice calls from your computer? Turning your favourite headphones into a headset that can record your voice, take calls, and handle video chats is easy. Here’s how.

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