Instructables
Picture of Airport Express Speaker
A few years ago my sister-in-law bought a house. She gave us a tour, and when we got to the basement I noticed a neat old speaker hanging from the wall that the previous owner had left behind. She let me have it and I threw together a fun little project. I had an old Airport Express that I wasn't using anymore and I thought I'd make an Airport Express speaker.

Now keep in mind that this was several years ago and I was really just dipping my toes into the whole DIY thing. There are a few things that I would do differently now. In fact, I plan to do a revision sometime soon. The upside, though, is that you can't really get much easier than this.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: What You'll Need

Picture of What You'll Need
DSC_3913.jpg
DSC_3915.jpg
DSC_3917.jpg
DSC_3918.jpg
DSC_3920.jpg
First, you'll need a speaker of some sort, obviously. This one says "High Fidelity", so you know it's freaking amazing. You'll need something to open it up with; probably a screwdriver. You'll probably want to use a soldering iron for some of the connections, though I did not (we'll get to that). If the speaker cabinet only has one speaker in it then you'll want a 3.5mm stereo-to-mono adapter and an audio cable with one end that's got a 3.5mm male plug. If you've got two speakers you'll want to preserve the stereo situation and run an extra cable.

You'll need a power cable to plug into the Airport Express. If you've got a newer model than you've already got one.

Finally, you need an Airport Express. You have other options as well, which I'll cover near the end.
oldmicah1 year ago
This cracked me up. Thank you. I've been keeping my out for an airport express for a few years with a mind to doing something like this. Thanks for pioneering and explaining!
fwonkas (author)  oldmicah1 year ago
Thanks, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!