ready to assemble
Low-Fi High-Tech Headphones
copper wire speakers
flexible headband
jack plug
the headphones

Low-Fi Hi-Tech Headphones – 2013

The Low Fi Hi Tech headphones is a research Project
to find out a way to create a fully functional pair of audio
headphones without any manufactured part, this means
all the parts of this headset are raw materials, such as
wire, tape, solder, magnets and of course 3D printed parts.

The most challenging part was to make the right combination
of 3D printed elements such as the speaker piece, the ear part
had to be a good acoustic case and should to include a holder
for the magnet, the speaker itself is a very thin printed part with
a very thin rail to be able to insert the copper wire in it.

Once I got that part working, I decided to go further, drawing
the plug to fit a standard Jack connector, this was a very tricky
part because the model of this was a very thin part to print and
creating the connections only with wire was a real challenge.
Again it worked! And even if many people would hesitate to plug
this weird looking but familiar plug, I can assure you it works
with no risks on jamming inside your portable audio device.

Anyway, the sound quality is very nice against all expectations
but will necessitate a power amplifier to be louder when using
only portable sources like pods or phones.

The files are open to anyone who want’s to try to make a pair of these!

Special thanks to Martin De Bie, Hannah Perner Wilson,
Jean Baptiste Labrune whose work inspired me a lot in this particular Project.