PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE ORDERING!
The Headphones are currently in preorder. You may have to wait a little while for your order to ship. Here’s what that means precisely:
- If you order from the “Early Access Tier”, your Ploopy Headphones will ship within one to three weeks of your order date. This actually isn’t a preorder at all. We have the parts in stock for everybody who orders from this tier, so you are guaranteed to get your Ploopy Headphones, and pretty fast, too!
- If you order from “Preorder Tier A”, your Ploopy Headphones will ship within sixteen weeks of your order date. We will try our absolute hardest to make it so that your headphones get out earlier than that, but we can only guarantee that they go out within sixteen weeks. For all of our previous preorders (five so far), we shipped every preorder out on time.
- If you order from “Preorder Tier B”, we don’t know when your headphones will ship out. We’ll keep you updated on where we are in terms of our production through our subreddit, so you’ll at least have some idea of when you’ll get your headphones, but we can’t make any guarantees at this time.
The Ploopy Headphones includes a fully-assembled, fully-tested set of headphones and an amplifier board. Note that you will have to do about five minutes of easy assembly work before the Headphones can be used. This is strictly so that we can package the Headphones more easily during shipping, and no tools will be necessary to complete the assembly.
Included with every set of Headphones:
- Ploopy Headphones, tested for frequency response
- Amplifier, programmed and tested
- TRS cable Y-splitter
- 2x TRS cable
- Wire wrapper
- USB-A to USB-C cable
The assembly instructions you will need can be found here.
You can find the full technical documentation on our Github wiki. The documentation includes how to change the EQ of the amplifier board, how we measure frequency response, fully assembly instructions, and many other things.
The Ploopy Headphones signal chain is as follows:
- The Ploopy Headphones are plugged into the Amplifier board via TRS cable.
- The Amplifier board provides signal amplification and on-board EQ.
- The Amplifier is plugged into a computer via USB. USB provides power to the Amplifier board and Headphones, as well as the digital audio signal.
Note that the Ploopy Headphones are not particularly portable, as they require a large amount of power. Plugging them into a mobile device will likely drain the device’s battery quickly.
The Headphones headband is adjustable for larger and smaller heads. When you order, you’ll choose whether you want a “large” headband or a “small” headband. The headbands are adjustable with sliders, but the headbands also have a selectable “clamping strength”. If you select a “large headband”, we will include some extra parts for you to switch it to a small headband if you like, and vice-versa if you select a “small headband”. Whatever choice you make will only impact what we assemble for you.
Want to load new firmware onto your Ploopy Headphones amplifier board? Loading new firmware is fast and easy, and doesn’t require anything except your computer and a paper clip (or tweezers, wire, or something metal and thin). Check out our guide on loading new firmware here.
Tuning the EQ on the Ploopy Headphones amplifier board requires firmware editing. Luckily, we’ve written a full guide on how to modify the firmware to produce any DSP profile that you can think of. Check out our guide on EQing the amplifier board here.
We STRONGLY recommend that you do not plug other headphones into the Ploopy Headphones amplifier. The Ploopy Headphones amplifier board is specifically designed to operate with the Ploopy Headphones. You should consider it as part of the headphones, not part of your signal chain. There is a significant chance you will damage other equipment if you interface it with the Ploopy Headphones amplifier board.
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