Phono Horn. Free Sound Dock for your Smart Phone to Download and Make.

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Phono-Horn. A paper sound dock for your smart phone! Play your phone through the Phono Horn and the sound output is richer and clearer with improved bass response. There are two base templates included, one for iPhone 4S and one for Samsung Galaxy S2 and S4. It should be easy to adapt the kit to suit most phones. It is simply a matter of ensuring that the loudspeaker on the phone is positioned over the horn inlet hole.
This model was originally published on a website full of paper animations to download and make. 

NEW: Base for Galaxy S3, free download.

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Step 1: Print out the parts

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The model works well printed onto coloured card. (230 micron / 67lb) I used a selection of colours from these cards I bought from a local stationer.
Print out the horn parts sheet (page two) twice on complementary colours. Print out page three on another colour and then either page four or five depending on whether you are making the iPhone or Galaxy version. The final page is the project label and should be printed onto white paper.
Score along all the dotted and dashed lines before carefully cutting out the parts.

Step 2: Making the Horn

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Fold round and glue down the wide ends of the horn pieces to make triangular tubes. These keep the end of the horn rigid.

Step 3:

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Glue together two of the horn pieces with tabs on the end. Line up the parts as accurately as possible.

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Glue the next two pieces into place this time using two pieces without tabs.

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Alternate two with tabs the two without for the remaining horn pieces.

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Roll round and glue the end into a circle.

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Work your way along the horn gluing one row at a time...

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...right up to the end of the horn.

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Glue together the four sided end pipe.

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Glue the end pipe to the horn.

Step 11: Making a base for iPhone 4S

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Assemble the two main base pieces as shown.

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Glue together the two cross pieces.

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Fold round and glue up the triangular shaped lower front.
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momoluv3 months ago

Such an amazing creation! expresses a creative flare with a vintage effect! Job well done

toudi_sk4 months ago

I have THL 5000 smartphone and Galaxy S4 version its good :D

now I will make modification for mobil rotated 90 ° degrees

jorishuizinga made it!1 year ago

just finished the horn, now making the dock!

robives (author)  jorishuizinga1 year ago
Excellent! I hope the base goes well as well!
DUO00371 year ago
Vadinhotpj1 year ago
very nice!
legoman7861 year ago
Just built this using only printer paper and scotch tape for work. I will be building another using 67lb paper! Rock on, dude!
patlink721 year ago
Made one today cool design -but my Samsung S3 isn't any louder with it
robives (author)  patlink721 year ago
I've made a new base for the S3 - not tested as I don't have an S3 myself but I have high hopes for it. It is a free download here. If you do make it I'd be grateful if you could tell me if it works!
yapoyo robives1 year ago
I made the S3 base and it works great!
robives (author)  patlink721 year ago
@yapoyo says the S3 works if you put it on upside down. If I can get the accurate dimensions for the speaker placement and size of the phone I'll have a go at making as specific S3 stand. The volume isn't much louder on mine but the bass response is much better and the sound is richer.
mbraglia1 year ago
is it possible for the iPhone 5 to fit in it?
robives (author)  mbraglia1 year ago
It should be fairly easy to adapt for most phones. All you need is for the speaker to be lined up with an inlet hole. I'm afraid I don't have the dimensions for an iphone 5 to check
yapoyo robives1 year ago
The iPhone 5 is just as wide as the iPhone 4s, so the speaker should be in the same place. You can really use the iPhone 4S dock for any iPhone ever made, since the speakers are pretty much in the same place.
I just finished mine! It turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. I was building mine for my iPod Touch 4gen, so I had to move the hole over to the other side. The iPod's edge with the speaker was on a bit of a slant, so it doesn't quite capture the sound with a flawless seal like it does with an iPhone, but it still works quite well.

You failed to mention in the instructions that once finished, the Phono Horn isn't balanced and doesn't stay standing unless it has a device ON it, due to the horn part, but oh well. Just a minor gripe. Overall, quite nice. BRAVO.
robives (author)  puppetmaker771 year ago
Nice work PuppetMaker!
I tried adding extra pieces to the base to make it balance but it looked better without. When I'm not using mine I store the horn inverted over the base.
im going to modify it to fit my nexus 7
Toshio19011 year ago
patlink721 year ago
Thanks downloaded will try it out
Saitu1 year ago
BRILLIANT!!! making this as soon as I get my new nexus 4 in about 2 weeks. Voted!
Wow! Just made this. It worked EVEN THOUGH I'll admit to using regular printer paper and construction paper, invisible tape, hot glue, and duct tape! Amazing and very impressive, I'll bet if I did it correctly it'd work even better. I'd really like to see someone try to make this and some other projects on your website out of cardboard. Really nice job, keep up the cool projects!
robives (author)  FrodoandSam1 year ago
Thanks :-) Sounds like you used loads of different materials!
I love this!! I'm a fan of origami and papercraft, and I'm going to try this with my kids. Thanks for sharing!
robives (author)  GeekCrafter1 year ago
Have fun!
Very nice! I've got a Galaxy Tablet that I used to listen to audiobooks on frequently, and while the speakers are okay, this could improve on them considerably. I've downloaded the PDF, and think I can make it work...
robives (author)  phoenyxashe1 year ago
Post a picture if you create a mode for your tab!
alzie1 year ago
Cool design / project!
Its amazing that after 100yrs we ve come full circle
to using acoustic horns to reinforce small transducers again!
robives (author)  alzie1 year ago
Marvelous isn't it!
wthit561 year ago
Looks awesome! Would love a video to show the sound quality and such.
robives (author)  wthit561 year ago
I'll give it a go
McMeel261 year ago
Super cool! have you done any tests to see the difference in volume?
robives (author)  McMeel261 year ago
I'm going to try making a video in the morning when everyone is out and the house is quiet.
foobear1 year ago
Are you related to Cabaret Mechanical Theater in some way?
robives (author)  foobear1 year ago
On;y in the sense that I know some of the people involved and am a fan of their work.
SteveDonie1 year ago
Rob is a paper-crafting master. Definitely check out his other works at

I've built a couple of his animated kits and they are great, fun projects to do with kids. (or without kids, if you don't have any!) I especially like his 'logic goats' and the Mexican Peck.
robives (author)  SteveDonie1 year ago
Thanks for the kind words Steve
fish_dude1 year ago
very good ible i built one and it works great
robives (author)  fish_dude1 year ago
Thanks - glad you liked it!
yapoyo1 year ago
Wow. So I have the Galaxy S3 which has the speaker up at the top, so would I just move the horn holder further up?
robives (author)  yapoyo1 year ago
Should be possible. Or put the phone upside down on the stand.
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