Yesterday we had the swarovski covered HD25s and today we have some painted gold. Tomorrow we have a pair done in gold leaf so it looks like bling it the thing at the moment 😉
We have not made these for a long time as they take a lot of work to do but I think I am getting quicker at doing them now.
These have nearly 2000 swarovski crystals covering them. The trickiest part is the headband, if the crystals touch each other they will interfere with each other when the headband flexes and they will lever each other off so each one has to be carefully spaced apart keeping the gap small enough so it is not too noticeable but big enough to let the headband flex. The end result is all worth it though so we may start selling them again.
For many years we have just been making making custom headphones for people form our own new stock. Now, since we have started a “send in” service, by far and away the most popular one that people want modded is the beyerdynamic tesla range. I suspect it is because they are unusual in the high end market for not having a detachable cable.
We can fit a miniXLR to make the cable detachable and also re-wire them to balanced mode or any other mods that you fancy.
We have two pairs of T1s in this week for re-cableing so I will try to add pictures of the opperation
I am slowly building a high end headphone amp from bits and bobs I can pick up on line. So far I have built two amp boards based on a lehmann design and have swapped out most of the capacitors for better quality ones. I have an RCore transformer to keep the noise down and a high end stepping potentiometer. Now one of the final pieces of the puzzle… I decent a asynchronous USB DAC capable of crazy bitrates. All together I have spent around £100 on parts and when it is finished I suspect it would go toe to toe with most sub £500 amps.
I do plan on making something we can sell once I have worked out the bugs but I suspect once I have built the case and stuff they would probably retail for around £300
I could not wait to plug the DAC in and give it a go to see what all the fuss is about. We normally use an arcam rPac which was around £130 and is not a bad DAC from what I have read but as soon as I plugged in the XMOS one I could hear the difference – much more detail and brighter sound – I am now super excited about putting it all together
When in college I initially took engineering specializing in electronics then did a course in are and design after that. It is always nice when I can use both disciplines on one job.
I am making a extra special pair of beyerdynamic custom one pro with LED light up earcups. To make it extra special we are making special clear plastic lenses with the name etched onto the back so it looks all 3d inside the perspex and allows the light from the LEDs to shine through in the right places.
Do do this I initially mocked up the design on the computher, then cut masks on our plotter cutter so I knew where everything was going to go as it all neede to line up for the laser engraving to look right. Then hand airbrushed the design in reverse on the back of the lens before sticking them in the laser engraver for a few passes at different heights to get the 3d effect.
Hopefully when they are finished they will look super awesome
We seem to mostly make custom headphones for DJs and audiophiles but now and again we get to do some studio headphones. It surprises me more studios and producers don’t get them customized as I know the plain ones get “accidentally” taken home by bands and artists all the time.
Here are some custom DT770 pro we just made for someone with white pads so they really stand out
We have had the ability to make some things glow in the dark but recently we have been doing it differently. The supplier of the pigment recommends putting it on as a coating over the design and then the lighter areas glow but it was a bit restrictive and gave mixed results. What we are now doing is making headphones white, then coating them in glow in the dark pigment then building the design up on top masking off the white areas we want to keep glow in the dark and using transparrent paint where we want it to glow through a little this is letting us do designs that look sharper when they glow.
I foolishly sent these ones out without taking a picture of them in the dark but …. you can imagine they were awesome
There is a lot of love for the beyerdynamic T90 but the lack of detachable cable annoys some people. With the rising popularity of balanced headphones if you want a balanced pair of beyerdynamic headphones you are pretty much limited to the T1.
We are out to fix that by offering detachable cable and balanced versions of most of the beyerdynamic range.
Here is a pair of T90 which have been converted to dual entry detachable cable and a balanced 4pin xlr
Here is another batch of custom headphones I am quite proud of.
This pair of tattoo inspired sennheiser HD25 with sugar skulls, guns and roses took a very long time to make. Most of the individual pictures were done as digitally printed decals as there was more detail than we could purely do with an airbrush but there is also a bit of penwork and airbrushing in there as well
These next ones were partially done with a decal as well… the face was a decal, the text was sprayed on using masks and then the smoke/sound waves were freehand airbrushed on to them
These are some more classic splatter pattern ones. First the logo was masked out on a white pair of headphones, then they were splattered in a jackson pollock style and finally a the shadow was sprayed on using transparent black – then when the mask is pealed off to revel the white underneath they really popped
These took a very long time to get right – it is surprising how much you have to distort things to make them look right when painted on a curved surface
Sometimes it is nice to keep it simple – these custom white HD25 Aluminium have nice clean lines and subtle logo – classy