Here is a simple IR headphone circuit that is suitable for listening to TV or radio with out disturbing others. For beginners the IR headset is a better option than FM head sets because they often produce desirable sound quality with out tuning as well as difficult impedance matching that is often done in radio circuits which is difficult for beginners.
The audio signal is coupled to the base of T1 (BC547) by an audio transformer. The T1 pre amplifies the signal. The transistor T2 (BD 140) drives the IR LED’s which transmit the sound as IR beams. The red LED provides fixed bias for theT2 as well as a power on indication. The transmitter has a 5m range under normal conditions. A 9V battery can be used to power the transmitter.
The photo transistor T3 receives the IR signals. The collector of IR is connected to base of T4(BC548) which amplifies the signal together with T5 (BC549)to regain the audio signal transmitted. The transistor T6 drives the headphone to reproduce the sound. The receiver can be powered by using a 9V battery.
Circuit diagram with Parts list.
- The audio transformer can be easily obtained from a old transistor radio. It should be connected with the low impedance winding (thicker) to the audio input (TV or radio) side.
- The presets VR1 & VR2 can be adjusted for improving clarity.