The best earbuds offer some noise isolation. If the ones you have are awful or keep falling out of your ears, Instructables user NightHawkinLight has a method to make your own, customised noise-isolating earbuds using a pair of reusable earplugs, some clear silicone, and a little elbow grease.
Foam earbud tips have a lot of advantages, but they can also alter the sound of your music. Tyll from InnerFidelity shares a tip for improving their sound.
Instead of buying expensive Bluetooth headphones, you can turn any old set into wireless cans. Instructables user FuneLab shows you how, with his DIY BluetoothBox.
It’s definitely more complicated than a couple of hooks in the wall or under your desk, but this DIY headphone holder has a lot of personality. It’s made from a block of reclaimed wood, and, according to Instructables user mikeasaurus, it was pretty easy to make.
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.
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.
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.