Sick of having to cart a pair of computer speakers around if you want to hear some tunes away from you computer? Me too. In my room the only speakers I have are a pair of computer speakers which are stuck to my desk because of cords that loop around the back of the desk. If I wanted to use anything other than earphones away from my desk I wasn't easily able to because of the difficulty of moving around the computer speakers. This prompted me to get a pair of old computer speakers and put them inside a single box so that there were a minimal amount of cords and so they'd be easy to relocate when I needed to use them somewhere else. This instructable will guide you through this process of repurposing 2 computer speakers into a single unit. By the way this is my first Instructable so all comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated!
What you'll need:
- Pair of old computer speakers
- Soldering iron and solder
- Something to put the new speakers into
- Tinsnips (only if you want to get the old speakers apart without having to cut and resolder wires)
- Power drill, with drill bits and hole saws.
- Some way of decorating your speaker enclosure (not necessary, but something like an airbrush or normal paints are a good way to go).
- A way of fixing parts of your speakers to their enclosure. Screws, hot glue or Silastic are best.
Oh and a disclaimer, be careful. If your speakers have a transformer like mine you will be working very close to a lot of power. So whenever your doing anything to your speakers, make sure they are unplugged. I'm not responsible if you blow yourself up.
Step 1: Gather Parts
First you'll need to acquire a pair of old speakers plus amplifier and power source to put inside your new unit. Computer speakers are ideal since they have their own power source, amplifier, speakers and are a relatively simple design. If you can get some that have volume, bass, treble knobs, on/off switch and an LED, even better. Through whatever means necessary, remove the innards of the speakers and throw the rest out. If you want you can keep the meshy cover bit which can look decorative later on in the project. It may be necessary to cut a few of the wires and resolder them in order to get everything out, just make sure you remember which wires go where. I couldn't be bothered doing this so I made bit of a mess of the speaker shell and hacked them up with a pair of tin snips.
When your finished, you need to end up with 2 speakers, amplifier, power source (this one has a transformer and power plug instead of an adaptor) and an audio plug for your iPod/computer/whatever. Things like volume knob, LED, switch and meshy covers are also useful to have, although not necessary.