Intro: The HomeMade Styrostereo(Mechanical Amplifier)
Have you ever wanted to smash your smart device just because of its poor sound quality? With the HomeMade Styrostereo, that problem is solved without paying more than $5! This design is not only cheaper than other amplifiers, but you can make it with cheap, recycled materials.
I have always hated the sound quality on my iPod, so I decided that I needed to fix that problem. With a few recycled household items, I put together the HM Styrostereo. All you need to make this with is a pair of scissors(preferably am x-acto knife, but scissors work), a toilet paper tube, and two styrofoam cups. Tape or glue might be needed as well, but it’s not necessary. This mechanical amplifier won’t take more than 15 minutes to make.
Step 1: Materials+Holes
The first step you’ll need to do is grab two styrofoam cups, a toilet paper roll, a pair of scissors or x-acto knife, and some tape.
-Take a pair of scissors and cut one hole in the side of each styrofoam cup that is slightly wider than the diameter of the toilet paper roll. The toilet paper roll will be inserted into the sides of these cups to amplify the sounds from your device.
Step 2: Device Holder
-Cut a rectangular hole into the side of the toilet paper roll wide enough for your smartphone/iPod to fit into. This toilet paper roll will transfer the sound to the styrofoam cups.
-Fit the styrofoam cups onto the ends of the toilet paper roll and tape or glue(glue if needed) to keep it together. This amplifier should stay upright, but if it doesn’t, tape the front of the amplifier(the styrofoam cup openings) to the surface the design is sitting on.
Once everything is together, add tape to hold the amp together. You now have your own HomeMade StyroStereo!