IPod Boombox




iPod boombox made from speakers, a box, and an iPod

Step 1: Items

You will need a cheap box with a handle (I got one from Marshall's, $6), an iPod (any sort), and some speakers that DON'T need external power (Radioshack, $10). This way you don't have to plug your box in and its completely portable. You will also need a compass, ruler, pencil, and some foam.

Step 2: Measure and Cut

use the ruler to measure the box. place the ipod in the center and the speaker holes on the sides. notice that my speakers are square but the holes are round. it doesnt matter, but the finished product looks better. we cover the holes later so you cant even see the speakers.

Step 3: Foam

now cut the foam to fit inside your box. This step gets REALLY messy so be prepared to clean up or do it outside. Even after the initial cut you will probably have to make some adjustments. For the speaker holes, you can just cut right through, but for the ipod hole, it cant be too deep, or hollow. you dont want the ipod to fall through. Just scrape it out so its deep enough to hold the ipod.

Step 4: Assembly

now that everything fits, just put it together. put the speakers in the foam, and then the foam into the box. be sure to leave the headphone jack exposed so it can connect to the ipod.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Now that its all together and workin, all you have to do is get some nice fabric to cover the speaker holes. put it inside the box and close the lid to have a perfect iPod Boombox!



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    12 Discussions


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    These speakers do not draw power off the iPod. They are basically a set of speakers connected in stereo mode to an iPod, the headphone jack does not supply any power at all. To make them louder you would add an amplifier which you could run off batteries.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Do you have any details on, how to to add an amplifier and details to run of batteries at all? I tried this method tonight with some small speakers, but the volume was very basic, and probably much lower than my ipods internal speaker.. Thank you.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    not quite. it totally depends on your speakers and any adjustments made to them. but yeah, ur both rught here.

    This is a really good idea. I've been thinking of making my own speakers/boombox for quite some time now, but didn't know what I'd use for the actual body.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Would Hi-Fi speakers works? if so how do i do the wiring for stereo sound?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    if i wanted it as a home stereo, could i use speakers with amp, and a usb cord to wall adapter?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Pretty snazzy. I might try and think of one that allows for easy plug and unplug of the ipod, especially with, say, the ability to dock your pod yo charge it.. hmm. Looks good tho!


    12 years ago

    If you have the forethought, scan the box cover first and print the image onto fabric (inkjet fabric sheets are available many places). Then you can use the original image to cover the speakers and perhaps even create a matching iPod cover!