My name is Tomislav, I’m a headphone enthusiast, a long-time audiophile, currently a university medical student and a hobbyist headphone designer/DIY-er from Croatia with a dream of having my own headphone brand one day. I’m making this post in order to present the project I’ve been working on for the past almost four years in hopes that the community will like it and make good use of it, and with a bit of help, it may just help me get one step closer to making that dream become reality.
Let’s get right into it. I’ve been working really hard on the process of developing my own platform of fully modular headphone designs that could be used for various purposes, from DIY to series production, by combining my own custom designed headphone parts with existing accessories that can already be bought on the market. My goal has been to end up with headphones that would be very competitive in that mid to high-end price bracket between $400 and $900 and could be easily built for that sort of cost, depending on materials and accessories. The project introduces several new ideas and concepts, utilizes the most advanced materials and state-of-the-art industrial 3D printing methods, while also relying on traditional craftsmanship and meticulously building products by hand. In addition to that, all of the headphones have been designed from ground up with lots of built-in customization features, and I’ve generally been focused on making headphones behave like very flexible modular platforms, rather than fixed products. It’s been a single-person endeavor from the start, with a limited budget, and working on it alongside being a full-time university student has made it extra difficult, but I’ve taken it very seriously and really wanted to develop it to a high level, hitting all the development goals before releasing it to the public.
The project is now ready to be revealed in its entirety, and I want to do that in the most transparent and open way possible. In my situation, as someone who has a lot of plans for the future related to designing and building headphones, but is currently entirely unknown, I believe that’s the best way to approach the community. For that reason, the project is very much focused on involving the community, and the most attractive part of this is the fact that I’m making a huge portion of the project available to everyone for free, including fully developed and production-ready raw CAD files of two entire, fully modular headphone models that anyone will be able to use non-commercially in order to 3D print or CNC machine parts and build their own headphones , by following what I’ve done, or by further modifying the designs. This allows you to skip an enormous amount of work and save a lot of money you’d otherwise spend on conceptualizing, designing, R&D, prototyping and testing of a new product, and allows you to go straight to manufacturing. This could be a game-changer and a massive boost to the activity of the DIY community, and at the same time a good way for me to demonstrate my work and hopefully show the potential of things coming in the future. I think something like this is unprecedented, could inspire a lot of existing or new DIY-ers to spring into action and I believe it has the potential of developing into a sort of a headphone equivalent of the O2 amplifier, where multiple people could build their own versions of the headphones with a great cost/performance ratio.
You can download the CAD files for free from my website, and also read a bit of additional info regarding what you need to use the files. For any additional questions, feel free to contact me and I’ll answer ASAP.
I’ve gone through a lot of testing and developing over these last few years to make sure I’ll end up with something competitive, and have built multiple iterations of prototypes, including the final production ready ones that I’m presenting. In addition to that, since a project such as this is bound to be met with some skepticism, I’ve done my best to describe and document every step of the way and have collected hundreds of photos and renderings, as well as hours of videos showing various stages of development that can be found on the project website. I’d be very grateful if you’d visit it and let me know what you think.
I’ve also prepared a PDF file that contains the project described in great detail and neatly divided into chapters, which should provide a decent overview and be a good source of info. Please have a look and go through it if you’re interested, as it’s impossible for me to cover everything about a project this large in a single post. I know it’s a bit long, but it’s a big project with a lot of work behind it.
You’ll find two headphone models described in the PDF, the V1 and V2 , both finished and fully developed. A third model, V3, is in very late stages of development, but not yet ready for release, and you can find information on it on my website. Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask here or contact me privately, especially if you’d like to get involved in the project. In any case, look at the current stage of the project as only the beginning, not the end, as plenty of new things are coming in the future.
This project has been in the works for a long time, but I’ve only just started to present it and trying to introduce it to as many headphone communities as possible to make it grow and develop further. If there will be those who’d like to build headphones but not mess with producing parts on their own, I’ll also be able to provide parts in DIY kits, and even build custom headphones entirely, just let me know if that’s something you’re interested in. In addition, if you have some good ideas or plans, or you’d like to collaborate and work on the project with me, hit me up.
Let me know what you think, and don’t be afraid to share suggestions or constructive criticism.