This is a simple (maybe) instructable on how to make an audio amplifier using a LM386 audio amplifier chip. The cup helps with the sound ;p.
Just found this. Check it out, looks decent
Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.
Step 1: The Parts
I'll say this right now: Special thanks to josepino.com. This website has the greatest instructions and the easiest-to-read circuit diagrams
You will need:
-.1 micro farad capacitor
-220 micro farad capacitor
-10 micro farad capacitor --only necessary for the 200k boost loop
-LM386 microchip (or whatever it's called)
-small circuit board
-speaker --http://www.josepino.com/circuits/index.php?howto-speaker.jpc--make your own
Note: I added a breadboard that I drew up from the circuit diagram, so if someone wanted to double-check it that would be nice
Step 2: Liberating the Audio Jack
Cut the wire a couple inches away from the jack (you want a little room to play with it. I didn't do that)
Strip the wire
Strip the insulated wires, making sure that you don't strip them so far that the stripped part touches the non-insulated wire
EDIT: Don't twist the two (formerly) insulated wires together, it might hurt sound quality.
Those (formerly) insulated wires are the positive and the noninsulated are the ground.
Check out my instructable on headphone repair for more about headphone wires.
Step 3: Place Everything on the Board
Put everything on the board. This step helps you use the smallest amount of circuit board possible, which results in a smaller amplifier.
Here's how I set up mine
Step 4: Make All the Connections Underneath
Just follow the circuit diagram. Make sure you read all the comments on the pictures in this step--it'll help a lot.
Step 5: Double-Check All Connections and Finish
Double-Check all connections for short circuits and bad connections. Then, once everything is in place, test it out. To improve the sound a bit, cut the bottom out of a plastic cup and place it over the speaker.