Do it Yourself – Cheap Portable iPod / Laptop Speakers

At time, you might get annoyed with those irritating ear plugs and you would want to get a portable speaker. You go on Ebay and search for it….. and BAM! … it costs about $50!! You’re in the same position? Here’s the tutorial you are looking for:

Disclaimer : This sounds fairly good but please don’t expect Sennheiser quality here.

Better Speakers: [DIY] Stereo input for the Sony Ericsson Portable Speakers

The features are:

1) Battery less (No hassles)

2) No Electronic Knowledge required

3) Easy to make

Note: As there is no amplifing circuit involved, you wont get loud music but enough for one room, I guess.

Material Required:

1) A speaker cone. (bigger the better). You can find these on some toys, old radios, cassette players, technically any junk that emits sound.

ipod_speaker 003 ipod_speaker 001

2) A Stereo Wire (Headphone wire would also do)

ipod_speaker

3) Soldering Iron (Sort of Optional, but highly recommended)

Procedure:

1) Cut the stereo wire, you will find 2 wires (insulated ones) that is, Left channel – Right Channel and Ground (No separate insulation can be found)

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2) Get the speaker cone. You can find 2 terminals. Connect one wire (say, left channel) to one terminal and connect the other wire(say, right channel) to another terminal. Connect ground to both the terminals. Solder it.

ipod_speaker 002 Testing 1, 2, 3….

3) Check it with an Ipod. If it works. Make a Box (Or recycle some box), put everything inside and you’ll have something like this….

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Success?? Problems?? Please comment…


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  • dhruv

    wont the magnets in the speakers mess up the source? (laptop screen etc)

    i still want to do it though….

  • No it won’t…. its LCD… not old school CRT …

    Plus, the quality of the speakers would not be that great…

    So, a new blog post coming up … stay tuned 😉

  • ebosch

    This sounds like a nice idea for the summer in the park.

    How do you connect two of these cone speakers to the same audio source? Also do the speakers need their own individual power sources?

    Thanks!

  • Merinakupal

    can that speaker can have a loud voice when you test ???

  • Merinakupal

    can that speaker can have a loud voice when you test ???

  • Merinakupal

    where is the amplifier of that speaker can it make a loud sound ???

  • Merinakupal

    where is the amplifier of that speaker can it make a loud sound ???

  • Shehanshashika

    Impedance Matching????

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