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Step 11: Speaker cover

I designed a speaker cover with a shape similar to the PSP. As raw material, I choose a transparent empty chocolate box. Eh! Eh! If you love DIY, do not throw away this smart, useful material! It is polystyrene (PS); transparent but fragile.

I cut the panel off the box using a hand modelling saw. It is very difficult to use electric tools with this plastic, because the blade warms up during sawing and melts the plastic.
After cutting the covering panel, I put it in place and marked the position of the speakers and of the outer screws. To allow sound to pass through, I drilled a dense grid of small holes (2.5 mm diameter). For this delicate drilling, I used an electric screwdriver, because the rotary tool turns too fast, even at the lower speed, and melts the plastic. The screwdriver is OK, but very slow, therefore drilling all the holes took almost two hours!

At this point I got a transparent cover (picture 4). I painted the back side with silver acrylic paint. The front side keeps the glossy plastic surface, perfect without painting. The cover was mounted with the four outer most screws of the speakers. I made some small cylindrical spacers to be separate the speakers from the cover.
he back side with silver acrilic paint. The front side keeps the glossy plastic surface, perfect without painting. The cover was mounted with the four outer most screws of the speakers. I made some small cilindric spacers to be separate the speakers from the cover.
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nice! good job. :)
i like that the audio jack is on the 1 holder, but i was thnking, on the other holder, you should add the power cable so you can charge and listen to musicat the same time. 5*, nice job man!!
First I want to thank you for you're comment on my wooden mp3 soundbox :D Thanks to that I found this Instructable and I'm impressed. Very nice and strong construction, good work :D Greets
Please tell me you modded your PSP. It is way better than the normal firmware.
I know the huge capabilities of home brewed PSPs. When I got the PSP, I envisaged to install a home brewed firmware. However I have not modded my PSP yet, because this is not crucial for MP3 and MP4 playing.
I think it looks great! Good job, I might modify these instructions to make a foldable one.
Nice! I want to make one! Although I will probably make a simpler version, cause I'm really busy.
You are right, this project took me many hours! Thanks for compliments
I will try to post a pic when I'm done
Great work! a nice simple design. Of course this can easilly be altered for use with any PMP. Well written, a few spelling mistakes, might be worth running it through a spell check, what makes this write up good, is a good selection of good pictures.
Hi gmjhowe, thanks for your appreciation and for checking English spelling. Could you please tell me in what step the mistakes occur? I will correct them shortly.
Done - check your Inbox.
yeah! i hope there will be much more stuff for psp community. psp rules!!!
Man, this is such a nicely done psp stand it looks way better then the ones you buy, I have 2 pretty big speakers but i dont know how i would connect them to my psp and how to connt them to a battery. They were for a stereo but i took it apart.
Hi jonesoda. Probably you need an amplifier between the MP3 player and the speakers. If you do not have any to be recycled at home and you want to buy one, I suggest the Sonic impact T-amp. This small amplifier runs on batteries (but also DC) and delivers a very good sound quality at a reasonable price (about 50€ in Europe).
that looks great! I might have to make one of those for my ipod... I've been looking for something to do with those old computer speakers of mine too, so its like 2 birds, 1 speaker dock.

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