Noise Blocking Headphones



  • I wanted some peace and quiet on airplanes. This, apparently, can cost $300. I looked at making custom ear plugs and inserting earbuds into them; however, I got nervous decided I wanted something simpler. Since I already owned the earmuffs, I decided to go that route. What I love is how easy it all was.




  • Use the flat blade of the screw driver to pry apart the earmuffs.
  • Use the short knife to cut holes for the headphone wires. You'll need to cut into both the black and red parts.

    • A hole in each half at the top
    • A double-wide hole in the bottom of one
  • Take the ear clips off of the headphones
  • Place the drivers in each earmuff and snap it all back together.


  • I guess you can buy the same thing? Shoot! Wish I had seen these first!


  • Q: The drivers keep popping out of the cavity in the earmuff.
  • A: That's not a question. Slide the driver lower in the cavity until it's being held back on 3 sides.


  • Overall: Meh
  • While they do block out noise, they don't cancel it. So the volume your ears experience goes down, your ears automatically adjust their sensitivity until you're able to hear things at a normal volume. This adjusted volume is still quieter than the reality, but it's not silence. The upside is that the audio coming through the headphones doesn't need to compete with the full volume of reality.
  • They're not super comfortable for long periods of time, but they're not uncomfortable, per se. They make a perfect seal, so the skin under the seal is prone to sweating. Also, they're fairly tight, I hope your head isn't too big. Lastly, if your ears stick out, like mine, their style will be cramped. While they won't complain, they'll thank you when you take them off.
  • The active cancellation is looking more appealing. I also noticed just how many people use them on business-y flights.
Posted: August 10, 2012 | | comments