10minutes Invisible Bluetooth Speakers

5,590

117

2

Here is a very simple instructable to build your own invisible bluetooth speaker.

This project use exciters. These incredible compact components can turn any surfaces and materials into a speaker. When attached to surfaces, it vibrate mechanically and the vibrations translate into auditory information. The result is surprisingly musical and accurate.

For example, you can use it on doors, ceiling panels, windows, projection screens, wood, glass, cardboard, plastic, metal, ... whatever you want.

Combine this kind of exciters with an audio amplifier and an audio Bluetooth module, and you get an incredible simple, tiny and powerful wireless speaker !

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Step2: Put It All Together

assemble all elements:

  1. Plug exciters and power supply to the amplifier. Do not use audio wire with too much length as it will bring you some noise. Keep it as short as possible.
  2. Mount the exciters on the surface of your choice. In my case, I mount it behind my wall frame to hide all the system (with dirty tape...). The only visible part will be the electric wire of the power supply !

Step 2: Prepare All Material

Here is the material we need:

  • a surface of your choice where you will be able to hide your system. In my case, I choose a wall frame (3D map of Mont-Blanc montains, where I live !)
  • 1 (mono) or 2 (stereo) exciter(s). I used 2x 10W 8ohms. Price ~30$/unit. Have a look on Visation products and Dayton products
  • some audio cable ( for better quality keep length as short as possible)
  • 1 all-in-one audio amplifier + audio bluetooth module. You can find it on Banggood. This cheap PCB include a BT module with a 2x25W amplifier ST TDA9274P (datasheet). Price ~13$
  • A power supply. Choice a good quality one because the audio quality is very dependent on your power supply quality. I get mine from the bin for free. It was the power supply of a laptop. 40W is not required because you will never use the amp at its maximum volume (except if you like dirty sound...). From my experience with this amp, I would say that 20W is the minimum.

Step 3: Enjoy Your Music

  1. Plug your power supply
  2. Connect to the Bluetooth module with your device: smartphone, tablet, computer etc ...
  3. Play your favorite sound / movie
  4. Enjoy !

About the quality, do no expect a perfect sound quality, but the result is very interesting. The sound level is surprising (in the good way) and the quality is not bad (very dependent on the surface you used). From my experience, I would say that this system is not very good for the low frequency ( medium quality). But once again, it is very dependent on the surface you use.Higher frequencies sound very nice and powerful. This system is very good to listen human voices, classic, jazz music and other songs with not too much bass. For music with loud bass, I use the audio equalizer to reduce the bass sound level.

Have a look on the demo video to get an idea of the result (even if the quality of the record is not very good).

Do not forget to vote for my project if you like it !

Digital Life 101 Challenge

Participated in the
Digital Life 101 Challenge

Hack Your Day Contest

Participated in the
Hack Your Day Contest

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • Made with Math Contest

      Made with Math Contest
    • Multi-Discipline Contest

      Multi-Discipline Contest
    • Robotics Contest

      Robotics Contest

    2 Discussions

    0
    None
    acoryw

    2 months ago on Step 3

    I made one two weeks ago using bamboo - very flexible and strong - and the frequency response was amazing. Ironically, I tested with the same exact song, still grey! Yesterday I experimented with 'bass rave' f/ bass mechaniks... dude... my mind was blowwwwnnnn! So from what I found out, bamboo does quite well with the full range, granted you provide enough surface area for sound waves to travel. That being said, just as a quick mach-up/prototype, I purchased a bamboo floor mat made with long bamboo slats and carpet-ish padding - ended up with a panel measuring in at 47.75in x 19.5in, with two -X25 exciters (scraped away some carpet to mount), and sw-hf69b bt amplifier. The 3M adhesive on the exciters couldnt handle the dragged out bass sweep, introduced 3/4 into the track, however. Next up, J.B. Weld.

    1 reply
    0
    None
    sinzuacoryw

    Reply 2 months ago

    Great! Thanks for your feedback.