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 Post subject: Headphone Drivers
PostPosted: 19 May 2014, 07:32 
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Hi!

So I'm gonna build a pair of headphones, out of pure curiosity. But I think I might need some help with the drivers. I'll post a link to one driver I found, and some criteria I have, and I'll hope someone has a better option, because they seem to cheap to be good :P
Here's what I found:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Visaton-K-50-WP ... 0498481999

And the important things are as follows:
- +-16Ohm impedance
- preferably 2 inches
- not too deep/think (the one above is 18mm, but close to 30mm is ok too)

Price isn't a major issue, I just really want it to compete with what I already have, which is an Audio Technica ATH-WS99
http://eu.audio-technica.com/en/product ... rodID=4392

Thanx for any help in advance

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 Post subject: Re: Headphone Drivers
PostPosted: 19 May 2014, 13:47 
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Hi,

Those aren't even headphone drivers. They're for things like phone handsets.

You'll likely be horribly disappointed putting them on your ears :-\

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 Post subject: Re: Headphone Drivers
PostPosted: 19 May 2014, 16:12 
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Oh.. too loud sound you mean? Well, do anyone think they could post some more fitting drivers then?


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 Post subject: Re: Headphone Drivers
PostPosted: 21 May 2014, 18:08 
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Headphone drivers are rather difficult to source. Here is one, but the impedance is 600 ohms. I wasn't able to find anything 16 ohms that would do the trick.
http://ca.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Kobi ... DrBUsBRaU=

Your best bet might be to contact Grado or Senheiser and ask if they have replacement drivers for a particular model.

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 Post subject: Re: Headphone Drivers
PostPosted: 21 May 2014, 21:39 
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Hi Gio,

THOSE make me want to DIY some tube-friendly headphones :headphones:

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 Post subject: Re: Headphone Drivers
PostPosted: 24 May 2014, 13:55 
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Gio wrote:
Headphone drivers are rather difficult to source. Here is one, but the impedance is 600 ohms. I wasn't able to find anything 16 ohms that would do the trick.
http://ca.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Kobi ... DrBUsBRaU=

Your best bet might be to contact Grado or Senheiser and ask if they have replacement drivers for a particular model.

Cheers


Okay, I guess a thanks in order here :D
But I'm still somewhat puzzled here. What makes those drivers headphonedrivers? I might have missed something, but I didn't see it specified for headphones ... I'm somewhat new to this, so this might all sound stupid :P


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 Post subject: Re: Headphone Drivers
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They're designed for listening high quality music a cm or so away from your ear for long periods in either a closed cup, open back, or aperiodic enclosure. They're designed for a flatter frequency response so as to be non-fatiguing to the listener..

Other small speakers pretty much have to just reproduce the voice range for short periods of time. Though they may be rated for say, 200-20K, the response curve may look like a cross section of the Rocky Mountains :D

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 Post subject: Re: Headphone Drivers
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How do you know that? I can't seem to find that written anywhere!?! :S


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 Post subject: Re: Headphone Drivers
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Having the privilege of speaking with a worker from Grado 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Headphone Drivers
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So I have been thinking over it some, and thought I might buy a couple of the suggested drivers, not like their price is too steep, but is 600Ohm impedance not a little too much?


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