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    I have an android phone with Pandora (internet radio), talk radio and audio books on it and I just love listening to it when doing chores. The problem comes in when I have to use my earmuffs for things (like tractor work, mowing, woodworking and chain sawing). It's an either/or type of deal. Either I go deaf and hear pretty music or have quiet and get bored.

    Well, no longer! Enter the DIY (read: affordable) bluetooth earmuffs!


    These are cheapo harbor freight noise cancelling earmuffs. I ripped the guts out, but left the wire which runs to the second ear. I then stole the speakers from some headphones, then soldered and hot glued them into these earmuffs. I followed up by drilling a hole and hot gluing a bluetooth-to-headphones adapter (came with the bluetooth receiver), making it barely stick out of the earmuffs.



    I then used the headphone plug from the original headphones I tore apart and plugged them into the adapter, which was now 3/4 inside the earmuffs. The only noticeable difference in the earmuffs is the adapter jack sticking out for the bluetooth receiver to rest. I used a samsung receiver, as I have a couple of them laying around (electronics junkie).

    Here is the final product:



    Now I can rock out to whatever I wish and, when finished, unplug the bluetooth receiver in order to charge it. Easy, no frills, and best of all, removable for those times I don't need/want it.

    Total cost: $40 including earmuffs, headphones and bluetooth receiver. WAY cheaper than the cheapest bluetooth earmuffs I've found, which are $360!

    Time to mow the lawn and listen to an audiobook!

    UPDATE: Want to build you own set?

    Here is a good selection of stuff to use (will cost more, as bluetooth headset prices have gone up):
    - Bluetooth receiver w/radio: http://www.amazon.com/Ericsson-Hi-Fi...ef=pd_cp_cps_0
    - Ear muffs: http://www.harborfreight.com/garage-...ffs-92851.html
    - Headphones: http://www.harborfreight.com/headpho...ack-66976.html

    A note on the headphones.. they are optional, as you can reuse the speakers in the earmuffs, but they are super cheezy, so I'd recommend some decent headphones. These are slightly more, but much nicer: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-ZX100...rds=headphones
    Last edited by Domush; 09-10-2012 at 10:05 PM.
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    Default Re: Bluetooth earmuffs

    Wow, nice build. You should get this on instructables.

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    Default Re: Bluetooth earmuffs

    that is very creative...and nicely done...I use the the Plantronic back beat blue tooth device which allows me to listen to music etc , make phone calls and works great in the car. With having speakers in both ears makes hearing conversation and music terrific. And they fit very nicely under any pair on noise canceling ear protection.

    Plantronics Backbeat 903 Plus Bluetooth Headphones
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    My regular Elevex head phones will allow me to listen to the radio or my mp3 on my droid, as well as use the phone while wearing the headphones. The radio goes silent when a call comes in, I hit the on button and talk into the phone. The voice of the caller comes over the ear speakers. You have to hold the phone up to talk into it, but you don't have to take off the muffs.
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    Default Re: Bluetooth earmuffs

    Old thread, I know...but it lays the ground work for my question.

    If one has an MP3/radio that is not "bluetooth", will this critter help with low volume, clarity?

    I've been looking and not able to find much on this.

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    The plantronics headset that I have had a dongle option to turn a non bluetooth device into a bluetooth one
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    Default Re: Bluetooth earmuffs

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Dive View Post
    The plantronics headset that I have had a dongle option to turn a non bluetooth device into a bluetooth one
    Thanks, I did find it online. Still confused. Would this simply plug into an mp3 player?
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    The dongle plugs into the headset jack and then wirelessly using bluetooth communicates with the headset. My ipod was not bluetooth capable and this fixed that problem. I bought a hard protective case that had room for the dongle and the ipod
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    Default Re: Bluetooth earmuffs

    Thanks again.

    I have a couple of Sansa mp3s. They do have a USB that is used for charging. Would the dongle plug into that? The sound out of them is a 3.5mm plug.

    I have found both types for sale. Just want to make sure I get the correct one.
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    Default Re: Bluetooth earmuffs

    The dongle will plug into the 3.5mm jack - then the dongle communicates to the wireless headphones. see this picture:

    Plantronics | BackBeat 903/906
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