Headphone Tweaks: Hacks, Fixes & Improvements

Headphone Tweaks: Hacks, Fixes & Improvements

Range Govindan
Aug 23, 2011

Headphones and earphones are pieces of technology that we use daily, and since we've been doing so for a few years, it's only normal that they break down. We've gone through quite a few different pairs, from low-end to high-end, and it's somewhat heartbreaking to break your favorite pair. Instead of getting rid or throwing out your next broken or old pair, check out what you can do with them.

1. Split Headphone Cable for Extra Jack: If your media player has only one jack, then this hack will allow you to mode the cable of your earphones to add another 3.5mm jack. This can be useful when you need to use the earphones and a mic. Or it can be useful when your media player doesn't use a standard jack and you want to plug in a different pair of headphones.

2. Sugru Headphone Fix: Can't bear throwing out a broken pair of headphones? You can try fixing them up using Sugru, a type of non-slumping silicone, that will cure at room temperature in about 24 hours. Broken earphones can also be fixed using Sugru.

3. Make an IKEA Headphone Side table: Using your computer monitor as a temporary headphone holder might work, but in the long run, you'll need to find a more permanent solution. This simple hack creates a dedicated place for all of your headphones.

4. Paracord Sleeve to Keep Your Earphones Untangled: Most earphones wires will end up tangled, one way or the other. This hack allows you to keep them untangled using paracord.

5. Mod Your Vintage Headphones: Old headphones can be hacked back into shape, and reused for a long time, thanks to this guide.

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