Mod Radio-cassette Player for Ipod & MP3





Introduction: Mod Radio-cassette Player for Ipod & MP3

Modifying an old portable radio-cassette , so that it will play (loud) with any MP3 unit or ipod.
Basic soldering skills recommended, minimal list of parts.
By using a ziplock bag, you make your ipod or MP3 player splashproof , so you can listen to it while in the shower.

Step 1: Headphone Cables

Take a pair of old headphones, cut away the headphones and strip the cables.
Use a cutter, but be very careful not to slice the cable.
Most of us have cheap earphones that were given to us by an airline.
I use these as the cable is relatively thick and easy to strip.
You only need the plug and 50 cm of wire.
Alternatively you can buy a plug and wire.

Step 2: Open the Radio-cassette

With a Phillips screw driver open carefully the radio-cassette.
Keep all the screw, and (if possible) remember where they came from.

Step 3: Recording Head

Locate the recording head.
There are 3 wires connected to it.
One white, one red and a ground.
Solder them off, or cut them off.

Step 4: Disconnect the Motor

Cut off the wires of the motor of the cassette-player, you won't need it anymore.
The player will be quiter without the motor hiss.
Insulate the wires you cut off.

Step 5: Connect the Wires & Test

Solder the wires coming to the recording head to the wires of your plug.
Of course white to white. Red to red. Ground to ground.
Test the whole setup to see if it works, then insulate them well.

Step 6: Make a Holder for the Ipod or MP3

Not necessary, but it is nice to make a holder.
Use a plastic box to hold your MP3 player or ipod in place, so it won't slip.
You can even splashproof it with a ziplock.

Step 7: Listen to the Music

Turn on your cassette-player on "cassette"
Use a low volume setting on your MP3 or ipod, otherwise you'll have distorted sound.



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    Where does the stereo wire plugs out to the "surface"?

    How do you keep your ipod in place like that?

    i find it out desolder the 2 ends ensolder that to te male audio plug u gottah cose left or right
    sorry for my bad inglish i come frome belgium

    Great to hear that you are Belgian !
    Ik ben een Belg , moi aussi, je suis Belge.
    Uw vraag is niet duidelijk.
    Votre question n'est pas claire.

    gaat de versterker niet kapot?? want de leskop geeft een onversterkt singaal en je mp3 is versterkt...

    Yes the signal from the MP3 is amplified, but the casette amplifier will not blow.
    Just keep the voume of the MP3 player low, otherwise you'll have distortion.

    a lot of newer headphones have cheap thinner wire which is hard to use so it'd be better to get new wire for this. if you can manage or have the right materials to remove the enamel from the cheapo thin wire - they aren't always white red and black. maybe red and blue/green and one copper on each side. so two coppers to the one un-shielded wire and red to red blue/green to white. I would say. that's what i've done when splicing audio devices together.

    If you have old PC speakers, its audio cable works too.

    does your boom box has 1 spaeker

    Look at the first picture.
    My boombox has 2 speakers, but I guess it might work with only 1 speaker.

    i had the jack with 3 wire but it broke a now ithas 4 wires 1red 1whait and other 2 without cover will this wire work