How to Make a Cheap Set of Speakers for an MP3 Player or IPod




So, since I've needed a set of external speakers for my ipod, I decided to make one. This Instructable just takes minutes after you get materials.

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Step 1: Things Needed

These are the things you will need:

1. Old earbuds or really cheap ones from wal-mart
2. Empty gum box. Just take out the gum and the weird studd that keeps the gum in,
3. Tape
4. MP3 player

Step 2: How To

The first thing you need to do is take off the plastic covering off of your earbuds to the best extent.

Next, you need to pop holes in the gum box with a needle so sound can get out.

You may need to also cut a hole so the jack can get through to your MP3 player.

After all of that, stick your jack through the hole and put in the headphones.

Tape the headphones on the circular holes.

Close the box w/ tape.

Step 3: Info

This is a cheap way to get speakers for your music player. I am going to try and make a case/speaker system for the nano and how to install rockbox.

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    47 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 3

    Thanks dude I made these with a little larger headphones not very much larger cause i had them laying around they work like a charm Keep them up


    8 years ago on Step 3

    Guys how bout u just shut up and let the kid live. if u dont like it, just go look at something else!


    9 years ago on Step 3

    that didn't work, try something that can amplify more sound and actually has a way for air to escape.

    GUYS.  This is just his second instructable.  Give him some slack, okay?  Overall, a good 'ible, some parts were confusing , but not that original



    9 years ago on Introduction

     Guys, you really need to take it easy. This young guy could be the next major music innovator, we all need a starting point.

    Well, the idea was a solid base - acoustic amplification. However, the materials could be better. Instead of a gum box, try something like an altoids can. Something a bit more steady.

    Also, google how a banjo resonator works. Apply that to this invention here and bam, you have acoustic amplification. 

    1 reply

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    i really really agree with u jocobes
    its just a small guy posting his ideas, after all......


    9 years ago on Step 2

     i thought the instructable was bad enough till i got here
    you really think sound is gonna get out by poking a few holes with a needle?!?!

     1 more thing.... it should be a win/fail button on every comment... woulda been much better lol

     ok i understand that u had this idea and everything, BUT for gods sake, all u did was to put some earbuds in an empty gum box. ever1 could come up with that, also the sound wouldnt be very loud if u use earbuds try to use an old speaker from a radio or something and secure it properly in a box it would be much better thank you

    5 replies

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Be nice YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 3

    Seriously. I look for ways to make speakers so I don't have to blow my headphones by playing them too loud, and you give me a way to blow some earbuds without playing them half as loud as my head phones. You don't even have any way of securing the earbuds, so they could rattle around in the gum box with no way of protecting them from touching and short circuiting my mp3 player. Why do you even have to take the plastic off the earbuds in the first place? All this will do is muffle the sound. I should stop here, pointing out all of the flaws would take a long time.