Introduction: How to Make a Cheap Set of Speakers for an MP3 Player or IPod

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So, since I've needed a set of external speakers for my ipod, I decided to make one. This Instructable just takes minutes after you get materials.

Step 1: Things Needed

These are the things you will need:

1. Old earbuds or really cheap ones from wal-mart
2. Empty gum box. Just take out the gum and the weird studd that keeps the gum in,
3. Tape
4. MP3 player

Step 2: How To

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The first thing you need to do is take off the plastic covering off of your earbuds to the best extent.

Next, you need to pop holes in the gum box with a needle so sound can get out.

You may need to also cut a hole so the jack can get through to your MP3 player.

After all of that, stick your jack through the hole and put in the headphones.

Tape the headphones on the circular holes.

Close the box w/ tape.

Step 3: Info

This is a cheap way to get speakers for your music player. I am going to try and make a case/speaker system for the nano and how to install rockbox.


Itscrafty (author)2011-03-31

Thanks dude I made these with a little larger headphones not very much larger cause i had them laying around they work like a charm Keep them up

ski4jesus (author)2010-12-28

Guys how bout u just shut up and let the kid live. if u dont like it, just go look at something else!

Drinkliquidmetal (author)2010-05-10

that didn't work, try something that can amplify more sound and actually has a way for air to escape.

knex_mepalm (author)2010-04-25

 How loud does it come out?

Teensy Doodles (author)2010-04-12

GUYS.  This is just his second instructable.  Give him some slack, okay?  Overall, a good 'ible, some parts were confusing , but not that original


anoah2 (author)2010-03-23

yea........waste of my time and yours.

jocobes (author)2010-02-07

 Guys, you really need to take it easy. This young guy could be the next major music innovator, we all need a starting point.

Well, the idea was a solid base - acoustic amplification. However, the materials could be better. Instead of a gum box, try something like an altoids can. Something a bit more steady.

Also, google how a banjo resonator works. Apply that to this invention here and bam, you have acoustic amplification. 

Coolboyme (author)jocobes2010-03-20

i really really agree with u jocobes
its just a small guy posting his ideas, after all......

thestyrofoampeanut (author)2010-03-06

 i thought the instructable was bad enough till i got here
you really think sound is gonna get out by poking a few holes with a needle?!?!

ThaNorwegianDude (author)2010-02-24

 1 more thing.... it should be a win/fail button on every comment... woulda been much better lol

ThaNorwegianDude (author)2010-01-22

 ok i understand that u had this idea and everything, BUT for gods sake, all u did was to put some earbuds in an empty gum box. ever1 could come up with that, also the sound wouldnt be very loud if u use earbuds try to use an old speaker from a radio or something and secure it properly in a box it would be much better thank you

obviously you couldn't come up with an idea like this, you didnt post the ible

or he thought it was obvious enough that an instructable was not nesasarry

i never said i liked the idea

never said u didn't

good point

ismash200 (author)2010-02-06

ya u just put eatbuds in a box

TSC (author)2010-01-25

Be nice YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AlisterBro (author)2009-09-15

u dint even make anything all u did was put earphones in a box

axel nader (author)AlisterBro2009-12-29

Seriously. I look for ways to make speakers so I don't have to blow my headphones by playing them too loud, and you give me a way to blow some earbuds without playing them half as loud as my head phones. You don't even have any way of securing the earbuds, so they could rattle around in the gum box with no way of protecting them from touching and short circuiting my mp3 player. Why do you even have to take the plastic off the earbuds in the first place? All this will do is muffle the sound. I should stop here, pointing out all of the flaws would take a long time.

manny131996 (author)AlisterBro2009-11-12

that really is true and i agree with you.nothing but earphones in a box.

ZOOBREAK (author)AlisterBro2009-10-13

I REALLY agree with you there,AlisterBro

AlfredoSG (author)2009-12-05

 You should really raise the difficulty level on this project.

Eric95 (author)2009-11-19

An iPod IS an mp3 player.

ee909 (author)2009-11-11

I totally didn't know that earbuds were speakers...

mrdepo96 (author)2009-10-25

 next time you make an instuctible, DO NOT ever put your face in the pictures. it just makes people take your idea a lot less seriously,(as you can see from all the comments). This is a good start, so next time make something that will work a little better.

butterflycookies (author)2009-09-15

ya thats creative

fireruler12 (author)2009-08-07

dude this instructable doesnt make sense

briackman (author)2009-07-27

just gotta say something, hes a kid, kids arent the best people for ideas, heck, most videos kids make on youtube are really not funny, good, and are overall, well, stupid, just saying

codongolev (author)2009-07-27

if you really want good speakers for your ipod, just get an old pair of computer speakers, crack em' open, and put them in another enclosure. if you want them to be battery powered, then find the adaptor component (it should be the first thing the electricity goes into when it comes out of the plug) and find out the output voltage. I did, and I found out it was 9 volts, so I just used a 9 volt battery. but if it was something like 4.5 volts, you could use 3 AAs. just find a battery setup that works. I did, and now I have a nice pair of speakers. they still look like a cookie tin, though. I should paint it or something.

arduinoe (author)2009-04-17

"pop holes in the gum box with a needle so sound can get out" rigghtt , im gona stick with the be nice policy and just say that there are a lot of things wrong with that. no fences but this isnt a great setup , maybe add a small amp and some speakers , itl give your speakers more oomph :)

Nizu Malfano (author)arduinoe2009-05-03

yep because "That's what she said"

arduinoe (author)Nizu Malfano2009-05-30

she said " pop holes in my gum box " LOLOLOL

SpaceDucky (author)arduinoe2009-07-04


billneu (author)2009-06-26

if this is your first instructable not bad but if not...

SpaceDucky (author)2009-04-02

uuuuummmmm earbuds in a gum container...... well its very original i'll give you that.

zero838 (author)SpaceDucky2009-06-25

i seriously loled when i read your comment

ReCreate (author)SpaceDucky2009-06-10


Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-03-16

I do not want to be mean but you just put some earbuds in a gum box.

lol exactly!!!



Fullmetalfreak (author)2009-04-10

It just wouldn't produce enough sound that's all. Check garage sales or second and shops for speakers. usually they are quite cheap.

Clayton H. (author)2009-02-14

was there a need to have yourself in all of the pictures? With the world as it is, you really don't want your face being spread like wild-fire all over the internet.

Good tip... Go to walmart and pick yourself up a nice cheap digital camera and re-take the pictures with more detail.

P.S, use macro

ReCreate (author)Clayton H.2009-04-01

the pics look go to me

killer towels (author)2009-02-28

wtf guys be nice he was only trying to spread his idea, not piss you off.

marshnt (author)2008-12-15

umm ya .... why

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