Project BoxBoom - 80's Boombox Revamped

About: Hi, we’re Dane & Nicole, two makers that create stuff, which we happily share with you!

How to revamp an old 80's boombox using a Raspberry Pi, an amplifier chip, the original speakers, a powerbank, a touchscreen and Deezer. Full build video here.

Tools and parts:

  • Boombox
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • Adafruit TPA2012 2.1W Stereo Audio Amplifier
  • Adafruit HDMI 5" 800x480 Display Backpack - With Resistive Touchscreen
  • Powerbank (2.4A)
  • Dremel 4300
  • 3D printer (only for frames)

Step 1: Buy a Boombox

Step 2: Remove All Broken Stuff, So We Have Room for Working Stuff.

Step 3: 3D Print a Frame to Hold Our Touchscreen, and Drill Holes for Screws.

Step 4: Glue the Screen in Place

Step 5: Solder the Amplifier Chip

Step 6: Connect All the Wires

  • USB to amplifier (power)
  • Speakers to amplifier
  • Audiojack to amplifier
  • HDMI to screen
  • USB to screen
  • Powerbank to Raspberry Pi

You can see it better in the build video here.

Step 7: Open Chromium on Startup, Loading the Deezer Homepage

Here's a nice link to help.

Step 8: Look Cool



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    4 Discussions


    4 months ago

    Today' s technology in 80's frame that's cool :)

    bugsy_malone 666

    5 months ago

    I love the idea of this project, but I am a little disappointed at the instructions. A good instructable should tell you why you're doing something so people can learn something. Also if people dont have 3D printers alternatives, what not to do and problems that good be faced. Some of this might be in the 'build video' but really some people can skim read text and photos far faster than having to sit through a set length video. This looked really good but I think it needed a little more text explaining the step.

    1 reply
    YLBrightbugsy_malone 666

    Reply 5 months ago

    I agree. I bought an old Sony boombox to update. The text here is of little help. I guess I have to look at the video to see if I can pull useful info from it.

    However, do I have to listen to another, "Okay. Plug in the cord. Turn the power on..."?

    DIY Hacks and How Tos

    5 months ago

    That is awesome. I love it when people rework nostalgic hardware.