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« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2005 09:33:46 PM »

Since he won't answer, it seems to me like this is what he did.  If not...regardless, it should be close enough.

materials:  One Ipod (with docking station)
one retro boombox
one set of old, bad, computer speakers. 
those would do quite nice. 

1.  Pop open the computer speakers.  Cut the 2 speaker connections.  Remove the board and the transformer (be careful around the transformer primaries - the parts the plug into the wall)
2.  Pop open and gut the boom box.  All you want left are the speakers.
3.  Attach (solder or crimp connect) the wires from the BOARD of the computer speakers to the boombox speakers.  Respect polarity (+/+, -/-) if possible.
4.  The input to the board should have a plug that can already plug into the ipod!  You're good to go!

See, these comptuer speakers ususally have a decent amplifier board, but terrible speakers.  And the boombox looks more retro.

Also, if you want, you can run it off batteries!  (probably).  You need to be at least a little electronically talented to do this part, though.  If you wanna know, just ask...
« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2005 07:41:57 AM »

So sorry for being so unresponsive, its become quite a hecktic semester for my engineering classes, having even had time to craft : (.... Anywho, Yeah, what he said was pretty much what I did, although i used the speakers from the computer speakers b/c the ones in the boombox couldnt handle the power from the amp and sounded real bad.  it's hard to get a straightforward tutorial for this one b/c every set of speakers and boombox will vary drastically.  what my original plans were, was to somehow wire the a phono plug (the one that plugs into the ipod) into where the tape signal comes into and use all of the existing boombox electronics.  That didnt work out to well so I had to improvise.  I suppose it would work almost as well if you somehow rigged up just an ipod holder on the boombox and used an 'itrip' device to just broadcast the ipod to the boombox radio.  But that soultion wasnt challenging enough.  heh.  Anywho, Hopefully i can get back to crafting soon.  Feel free to aske questions if you want to attempt this.


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« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2006 07:45:16 PM »

crafty electronics rock my socks.  crafty boys, too  Wink
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