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Meet the PartyBar™! Make a wireless speaker, loud enough to fill an entire room! With a budget less than $15, you can have your own Bluetooth speakers made from scratch materials! It's slick, stylish, descent and most of all it's compact and fits in your pocket. This is a great weekend projects for enthusiasts and audiophiles.

It's small but packs quite a punch. With the help of "35mm Neodymium Drivers" the PartyBar™ delivers a solid stereo sound. It's equipped with a 1000mAh Li-ion battery meant to last for 9 straight hours, replacing it with a 2,400 LiPo will result to a staggering 22 hours of continuous playback!

Are those ready made speakers?
A lot of people thought that this was a ready made product, well it's not. It's actually made from recycled materials such as broken speakers, radios & old modules. The project box came from my eyeglass's container :D



Techie Description:
The PartyBar™ is equipped with two outstanding Neodymium Speaker drivers. Neodymium itself is a rare-earth metal. Magnets made from neodymium are light and very powerful, making the speakers more compact and gives a higher clarity rate.

Of course good speakers must be powered by good amplifiers thanks to Nsiway's NS4263 dual 3W SMD chip, the PartyBar™ delivers an excellent audio, good enough to compete in today's market. It has a class AB amplifier with a THD rating of 0.1%. A Class AB amplifier delivers fully symmetrical wave amplification, in short the audio given off by this amplifier is pure and clear.

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Specifications:
- 1,000 mAh Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (9hrs Playback)
- Dual 3W (4ohms) 35mm Neodymium Drivers
- High Efficiency 2x3W Amplifier (0.1%THD)
- 15 meter Standard Bluetooth Range
- 3.5mm Auxiliary Ready
- Mini USB Charge Plug



 
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Step 1: Parts & Materials

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The links are just alternatives. Read the next step and find out how I got my parts for under $15 :))

Parts & Materials:
- Stereo Bluetooth Module (Updated: $6 Cheaper)
- 2x3W Speakers (Updated: Now Priced $2.80)
- 2x3W High Efficiency SMD Amplifier
- Passive Driver (optional)
- USB Li-ion Charging Module
- 1000mAh Li-ion Battery
- Simple Sliding Switch
- 3.5mm Stereo Jack
- Eyewear Container
- Matt Black Spray Paint

Tools & Equipment:
- Cordless Drill (w/ 5mm Bit)
- Rotary Tool (w/ Flute Bit)
- Leatherman Multitool
- 40W Soldering Iron
- Hot Glue Gun
- Super Glue


Step 2: Hacking Time! - How I got my parts for free!

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That Is An Awesome Case! Where Did You Get It?
My dad is an eye doctor & surgeon (ophthalmologist). Since I'm a guy who uses corrective lenses, I have a huge pile of unused eye-wear containers. One day I came across this funny, Garfield case (from my grade school days). The first thing that poped-up in my mind was to make a Bluetooth speaker out of it.

Where I Got My Speaker Drivers:
Okay let's get started! To start of, I got these awesome "Speed-Boat Speaker" for a cheap price of P320 ($6.50). Of course cheap products aren't that reliable, it broke after 6 months. Since I'm a hobbyist, I prefer breaking down defective products and studying the parts instead of surrendering it to the warranty center.

If you want to buy better ones, PartsExpress.com serves a wide variety of options!

Where I Got My Amplifier:
I got my amplifier from DealExtreme (dx.com). Apparently it's a discontinued product. I got it for $1.70 on a clearance sale.

Where I Got My Bluetooth Module:
I bought my Bluetooth module from DealExtreme (dx.com). Again, my Bluetooth model was discontinued and no longer available. I got it for $6 on a clearance sale. Right now there's an alternative model but costs more than the previous one ($12).

Isn't this just a repackaged project?
No it's not! The speaker drivers inside the "boat speaker" was indeed good but to be honest, it didn't come with the best built in amplifier. It was made from bare SMD transistors and not a SMD I.C. package, it was not that effecient, and lacked power to drive off these 4 ohm speakers.

Step 3: Drilling The Holes For The Parts

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1st.) Use your pencil to mark the soon to be cut holes.
2nd.) Get your rotary tool and flute bit, cut off the plastic on where the speakers will be mounted.
3rd.) Attatch a 5mm bit to your cordless drill and bore a hole for the auxiliary input.

Step 4: Painting The Case

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Before mounting the speakers and components be sure to paint the case first. You don't want to spray paint over your drivers

Looking good on a matt black paint job! :D

Step 5: Hot Gluing The Speakers & Components

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Carefully hot glue the speaker drivers to your plastic casing. Be sure to cover all the gaps, it must be 100% airtight. If air escapes the case, the "PartyBar" would sound like crap :D

If you are concerned that the hot glue could melt because of the heat given off by the amplifier module. There's nothing to worry about since the "class AB high-efficiency amplifier" doesn't heat up that much.

Step 6: Soldering Them Together

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Solder all the modules together. This project requires a little experience in electronics. If you need help, feel free to write a comment!

To make your work easier, you can follow the block diagram above.

Step 7: Sealing The Enclosure

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Apply enough superglue around the edges to seal the enclosure. Be sure to cover all the gaps, it must be 100% airtight. If air escapes the case, the "PartyBar" would sound like crap :D

Step 8: You're Done!

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Enjoy your PartyBar!

Step 9: Meet The "Version 2.0" (SUPERCHARGED)

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Meet AirJam, the DIY Supercharged Bluetooth speaker. Ready your tools, we are making one from scratch! Thanks to your comments and suggestions, I was able to make a v2.0, named AirJam.

Click Here To Visit: DIY Supercharged Bluetooth Speaker (v2.0)
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SMALL SIZE, BIG SOUND:
Despite AirJam's tiny size, it has the ability to surpass its competitor's performance. Thanks to the sandwiched speaker orientation, I was able to fit 4 Full-ranged speaker drivers in one tiny enclosure (2x7x2"). A "passive radiator" was added to extend the lower bass frequencies, thus resulting to a much punchier bass. Compared to its rivals, the AirJam has 4 active drivers and one passive radiator, offering deeper bass and wider mids.

CHANGE TRACKS WIRELESSLY (works with Siri!)
Thanks to Bluetooth 4.0, AirJam can receive Bluetooth transmissions up to 30 meters! Whether you are using your laptop, tablet or phone, you can easily switch tracks wirelessly. The handsfree feature works great with Speakerphone, Skype, FaceTime and also Siri!
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Specs & Features:
- Includes Handsfree Microphone (Speakerphone Function)
- Quad 3W Fullrange Speakers (4Ω - 35mm drivers)
- Quad 3W High Efficiency Amplifier (class AB)
- Li-Po Battery 1,300mAh (20hrs Playback)
- Command Buttons (Volume/Pause//Play)
- Tested dB (via SPL): 96dB @2ft
- 30m Bluetooth Range (v4.0)
- Single Passive Radiator
- 3.5mm Auxiliary Ready
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TheRedFez4 months ago

You show 104 capacitors in the pictures, but do not list them in the wire diagram, I'm assuming they go on the power leeds?

ASCAS (author)  TheRedFez4 months ago

Both 104 go to each channel's input. It acts as a simple low pass filter.

andrea biffi7 months ago

great idea using a glasses container!

were the stereo jack and the bluetooth module connected? if yes, how to connect them? please reply

Nelice6 days ago

A very useful DIY tutorial. Most especially when you have all of these parts hanging around your house.


how do you get the led switch to work?

how do you get the led switch to work?

Lenny2226 days ago
Nice project! This is one of my first electronic projects and I was wondering where the two wires travel to from the 104 capacitors on the amplifier. Do they go from the amplifier to the bluetooth module, or do they go to the switch? Please help!
Lenny2226 days ago
Nice project! This is one of my first electronic projects and I was wondering where the two wires travel to from the 104 capacitors on the amplifier. Do they go from the amplifier to the bluetooth module, or do they go to the switch? Please help!
jkalna221 month ago
mine works great. the only question I have is when I increase my volume to full it shuts off my Bluetooth module. Do you have any advice on why this happens?
Nelice1 month ago
A very useful DIY tutorial. Most especially when you have all of these parts hanging around your house.
atorrente1 month ago

good ible. Just a few clarifications. How do you pin the blueooth, charging, and speaker driver module? Also, you used 4-pin bluetooth module which is a different module than what you showed. :)

t0m0tb142 months ago

Do I need two smd amplifiers like it says in the parts list?

no just the one

snowsnooks1 month ago

hi, i was wandering about wether having a 3.3v bluetooth module would be affected by the 3.7v battery.

here is my parts list:

battery:http://eud.dx.com/product/doogee-rechargeable-repl...

bluetooth module:http://eud.dx.com/product/bluetooth-board-module-4...

amplifier:http://eud.dx.com/product/2-channel-3w-pam8403-aud...

Charging module:http://eud.dx.com/product/1a-lithium-battery-charg...

Speaker:http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-ce-serie...

metalix2 months ago
should the bluetooth be soldered to simple sliding switch
pratap82 months ago

can any one can help me out by giving a circuit diagram r a rough diagram of connections plz help me dudes

Muhammedfiras2 months ago

how to attach the speakers with the amplifier????

Hyginx2 months ago

for anyone that had trouble with figuring out where to solder on the amplifier chip, here is a great picture that i used:

http://cdn.instructables.com/F7W/Y73A/HS1RRR27/F7WY73AHS1RRR27.LARGE.jpg

jmeakin3 months ago
Hi

I have little experience with soldering and am a secondary school student in the UK and am trying to figure out the exact place to solder and if any resistors etc are needed. please could you help

thanks

ASCAS, i have everything for this project except a bluetooth receiver, i have this one>>> http://www.evertek.com/viewpart.asp?auto=39131 but im not sure if i can use it without a computer of some sort. any help would be appreciated. Project_Builder. P.S, liking this project! it looks and sounds very professional.

ASCAS (author)  project_builder3 months ago

Oh, you need the type of Bluetooth USB Dongle that has an aux jack. There's no way of getting an analog audio signal from that dongle.

Hyginx3 months ago

Can you put an updated schematic that includes the stuff in the Required parts section?

vglodenis3 months ago

Can you upload a photo of amplifier how to do this with passive radiator? PLZ

ASCAS (author)  vglodenis3 months ago

It's in my other instructable, the version 2.0

pcrotts3 months ago

I've been really wanting to make this but I have a problem. I would like to use the USB powered bluetooth device listed on this page (at bottom), but how do I disassemble/rewire it to work for this? Thank you






Bluetooth V2.0+EDR USB Drive Audio Receiver w/ 3.5mm Audio Male to Male Cable - Black

dark ghost4 months ago

Please can you give me a more detailed version of your orninogramme.

sorry I'm french

General_Pyr04 months ago

Where could i buy some passive radiators like the one you have in the parts picture and used in Air Jam? I am wanting to make my own version but can't find the right size passives anywhere.

pratap84 months ago

can we use 3000mah battery

efes4 months ago

Hello, I have PAM8403 Audio Module DC 5V Mini Class-D digital amplifier board. 3W speakers 4 ohms. jack female connector, 2x 2600mAh batteries connected in parallel.

after switching noise is low, inaudible.

the connection cable jack male to male and connection to the phone noise is louder.

how to suppress noise? capacitor to each speaker?

chris23926 months ago

Hello, Great Idea!! i would like to turn an old pair of speakers that im rather attached to into bluetooth speakers. i did do eletrical engineering at college so i should know how to solder still but im afraid im totally lost when it comes to wiring up speakers, i think i will buy exactly the same boards and speakers as you. would you be able to go into more detail on where to solder the wires to which bits of the boards please? thank you for your time, Chris

ASCAS (author)  chris23926 months ago

Wait for my next speaker build. I'll show a much better board combo.

marvinhorst ASCAS4 months ago

Any idea when this will be available. Considering building this for a school project but need the wiring instructions. Thanks!

Hyginx4 months ago

What capaciters are you using and where do they go? Also, what adaptations would i need to make for 2 100W 4 ohm speaker?

tekletowner4 months ago

If ANYONE has SUCCESSFULLY made this speaker based off instructions, please PM me. Having a bit of issues.

Minitothemax5 months ago
ASCAS (author)  Minitothemax5 months ago

Yup, but you would need a 14v battery for your amp.

tekletowner ASCAS4 months ago

Hi,

if you use this bt module, can you pair two speakers at a time?

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/SPK-B-Bluetooth-Aud...

if not, what will it need to do so?

Thanks for the fast answer i really like your speakers.

easy but good i made in just 2 hours. I painted metallic gray looks awsome
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