Anyways, recently I've found I have a need for some portable speakers, but I don't use an Ipod so I needed something that could be used by any mp3 player. So I came up with my own design and built it, since I was surprised at how well this turned out, I decided to post it. This instructable requires parts not necessarily found all over the place or at home, but I'm sure you can improvise. this project is actually quite simple and requires beginner level soldering and drilling.
**Warning, this instuctable suggests using relatively dangerous hand tools, don't be stupid, be smart and be safe.**
**EDIT** some people may comment on this but the comparison in the title is based on the many crappy ipod speakers out there. Also the picture below is not a set of ipod speakers, just a pair i had kicking around, which also happen to suck.
Step 1: Materials
- One metal mint box, this one conveniently had this plastic cover over the mints, kinda fancy in my opinion. $4 (including the mints, though in reflection, they weren't that great XP.)
- One headphone jack 3.5mm, free, I cut it off a really old pair I think I may have gotten free from an airline one trip.) **note if you are doing dual speakers and would like your stereo feature (though it won't really matter too much) get a 3.5mm jack with stereo (you can tell because it has three sections on the metal bit). But like I said it doesn't really matter too much so feel free to get mono, but I will assume stereo.
- Finally most importantly, a pair of (or at least one if you can't get your hands on two) laptop speakers. Now these were free since I ripped them out of a really old CTX Ezbook 700 series (discontinued but still kicking around places) This one was running Windows 98, (not anymore! >D)
- Drill, I used hand held but I'm sure you would get better results from a drill press. 1/16 drill bit
- Dremel with a sanding bit or similar machine
- Soldering iron with solder
- Exacto knife if your's has this nice plastic cover like mine
- Electrical tape, to me it's more of a tool, for this project you only need a bit.
I can't say too much on cost since I scrounged up most of the stuff, really all I bought were the mints and actually for the mints. I had the speakers on hand and picked this case out as the best and in the end it worked out great. I'm not totally sure where you can even get this mints since I found them in a candy shop in Whistler, Canada on a trip.
Here's their website though which I googled and found them to be from Denmark