Powered iPod or iPhone Speaker

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Project by mjdinsmore posted 08-31-2010 07:16 PM 3924 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This powered iPod/iPhone speaker is a mahogany cabinet with maple front and rear faces. I built in a holder for the iPod/iPhone into it, so it’s easy to manage. I think my next one will have a dock connector, but those seem to be harder to source the hardware in order to put the components together. I have a small green LED indicating the power status.

The project was fun to build, but I must admit, I need to rip it apart and recalculate the dimensions of the speaker box. I must not have done something accurately as the sound is somewhat muffled even with some audio dampener in the rear of the speaker cabinet. Maybe I’ll make it a little fancier on the next version!

Still made it to the Washington Post’s “Express” newspaper in their 2009 Guft Guide ( as a great gift idea!

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#1 posted 08-31-2010 09:57 PM

That does look like fun. I love when I get to mix in electronics with my wood work.

-- Scott

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#2 posted 08-31-2010 10:10 PM

Looks cool would like to see more pics, and where did you get the speakers? Nice project though!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 03:12 AM

Oh yes, I forgot to load up some additional photos! I’ll dig those out and post them soon!

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#4 posted 09-16-2010 08:15 PM

Love this. I just got the IPhone 4 and would love something like this on my desk at work or on my night table. I too would like to know where and what type of hardware is in it.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 07-14-2011 08:36 PM


Nice work ! Simply and still very beautyfull !
What I want to ask:
- do you have plans with measurements
- is there a electronic part inside for making the incoming signal more strong.

My English language is from my schooltime, so appologize when curtain sentences are not so nice written.

Thanks !
Jos from Belgium, the country with no government !

-- serjo, Belgium Antwerp

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#6 posted 09-15-2013 11:23 PM

Sorry for the late delay is replying to the posts…

There is a small amplifier in the enclosed speaker. It’s only 5 watts so it’s not a lot—but the speaker isn’t large either so it’s matched to what it needs.

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