DIY Headphones for the Oculus Rift S

Koss Porta Pro.
Yes, makes you think Porta Potty.

These are the simple ones without remote or mic.
They have one cable to each speaker and they have an angle adjustment at the headband joint…
Wonder if I can dismount the headband and attach the speakers to the halo…?

Maybe I can bend the headband to form a clamp that allows it to slide along the halo?
Maybe cover it in heatshrink tube to avoid scratches on the halo plastic…

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So, I cut the headband and bent it to a clamp that I covered in red heatshrink tube. I also covered the inside of the speaker body with thin sheet foam, red again to go with the red theme of the Koss headset :wink:

And here it is!

Oculus Rift kosS

Need to route the cables and solder a 3.5mm jack.

Oh, I forgot.
I had to remove the plastic Display/USB chord hook on the left side of the halo. Need to secure the chord with something else…

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Looking very nice there! :+1:
What is that lock thingy in red? Do they flip up or detach?

The speaker can be tilted outward, and locked in this position. This is a regulation of the tightness of the fit, when it’s connected to the steel headband.

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Soldering the leads from the headphones turned out to be a challenge…

Seems like there’s some fibre intertwined with the cobber. There are also two leads from each speakers, in the same insulation. I guess they are coated and that this coating must be removed to make the solder stick.

Any ideas?

@sobek
@TheAlmightySnark
@Navynuke99

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Sometimes just sliding the soldering iron past the wire will remove the protective coating. Though I am not sure that’s what is going on with these wires. Have you tried this?

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The fiber could be a filler to give the cable more flexibility. If it is not metallic, unwind the surrounding metal leads and clip it so it doesn’t get in the way of soldering.

Are the leads not insulated? If they are laquered, the laquer can be removed with the soldering iron or by heating it with a lighter (briefly, the laquer will burn off almost immediately).

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Thanks for your input.
I tried burning off the lacquer with a butane torch… Maybe I burned the wires? Will try a lighter.

The fibres I mentioned is woven in with the cobber strands… Removing it is really hard to do.

Not the best soldering job I’ve done.
Not the worst either… :wink:


I twisted the wires and then applied the flame from a lighter. I increased the temp on my soldering iron to 400°C and the solder took to the wires!

The Rift S chord needs a better relief point. I tried strapping it to the forward part of the halo, but it interferes with the headphone.
Velcro to the aft halo will have to do, for now.
Maybe something like this could work?

Here are some shots of the finished installation.

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My understanding is that the fibres are meant to prevent soldering (ie: repair). They are a pain in the arse unless you can separate them out from the wire. I may just be cynical but that is what my father told me they were and to watch out for them. He was into electronics and such from an early age.

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I am prepared to believe that!
Soldering these wires was NOT easy…! And I have soldered my fair share of wires, through the years.

Although @sobek’s suggestion that it’s fill, to make the wire softer, sounds plausible.

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Also, I have now tried my new audio solution.
It works great! The headphones aren’t the best quality available, but they are probably some of the easiest to adapt to the Rift S.

The ear cups barely touches the ear.
Sound is a lot better than the default audio and there’s little to no sound leakage.

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Like this, maybe…?

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