To be honest, this is not a practical Instructable about how to do something useful.  Unless you have exactly the stuff I had, you won't be able to replicate what I built.

It is, however, a lengthy description of how I used information from other Instructables and a lot of help from the Answers section to teach myself some basic electronics and build something that works.

Note that this is Stage 1, and ends with all the power connections made. Stage 2 will be the audio connections, and Stage 3 will be building the enclosure to contain this beast.

I stood on the shoulders of giants for this one.  Please read these great Instructables:
I also want to thank those who helped out in the Answers section:
If you're interested in process over product, read on!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

I'll talk about the big components in Step 2, but here are the tools and additional materials I used:

  • Hacksaw
  • Dremel rotary tool with cutoff wheel
  • Soldering iron
  • "Third Hand" soldering aid
  • Solder sucker
  • Multimeter
  • Alligator test leads
  • Pliers (various kinds)
  • Wire cutter
  • Wire stripper

  • Male to male 1/8" stereo phono patch cord (like this one)
  • 4-pin Molex power supply Y connector (like this one)
  • 4-pin CD-ROM audio cable (like this one)
  • Wire
  • Rosin-core solder
  • Desoldering braid
  • Electrical tape

Hey! Glad to see you were able to get this project going. Can't wait to see the finished product.<br> <br> Qa

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