Wuss Rock Boom Box

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Project by splintergroup posted 10-13-2021 01:32 PM 481 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A blue tooth compatible “speaker” system for the wife.
Based on a BT amplifier board, old lap top power supply, several speakers, and some wood (of course)

The back story
When the spousal unit is doing something in the dining room or kitchen, she likes to have music. Unfortunately for me, this music primarily consists of wuss rock (yes, fingernails on a chalkboard 8^)

She has a set of $5 computer speakers that can plug into her phone and play her “tunes”, but the combination of the play list and gawd awful distortion is just too much for my poor ears!

We have an excellent sound system in the house, but she claims it’s “too complicated” to use (power-on, input select).

I had hopes that this device would sound better and fit into her technology comfort zone. She has no problem setting up the blue tooth connection on her phone, go figure! 8^)

The Build

A fairly simple box, 14”w x 7”h x 7.5”d. I had some drivers from another project idea so I designed around the 5” woofer.

Being lazy, I used several on line design programs to get the box volume and other parameters. I wanted as compact as possible and this was about the smallest volume that would work well with the speaker. I also wanted a port for venting since the internal amplifier and power supply produce heat. The port was sized to work well with the speaker so the sound actually was improved as well.

Built with 1/2” BB plywood, mahogany veneer, and walnut trim. I am a hoarder of electronics since I was a kid so I had plenty of parts to complete the build.

Being me, copper was needed so I cobbled up a control panel bezel and attached it to the box with copper round head rivets.

Some left over speaker cloth and poplar for a simple grille frame completed the unit.

The high distortion computer speakers are history and now the sound is 1000% cleaner.
Problem is she now plays the wuss rock louder =8^@

Anyhoo, a fun diversion!

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#1 posted 10-13-2021 01:43 PM

What a great project! And it looks great too.

How many hours do you have into that?

-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#2 posted 10-13-2021 01:53 PM

Thanks Van!

Probably 2 weekends worth of actual work, but I built this as a side activity while I was waiting for finishes/glue to dry on my last floor lamp so it was several months start to finish.

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#3 posted 10-13-2021 04:15 PM

Looks professionally done, why am I surprised? Congrats on a multi talent build here, but mostly congrats for being a good Hub unit, and making a nice “Wuss Box” so your Sweetie can listen to her tunes.

Give me an idea of these offensive tunes? Probably something I listen too. LMAO.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 10-13-2021 05:01 PM

Looks sharp, and if it makes her happy, that’s a win all around. As for the louder tunes, you’ll go deaf one of these years anyhow, right? ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 10-13-2021 05:05 PM

Thanks George 8^)

Things like Hall and that other guy (corn, hay, maybe oats?). Pink, the Mellow Triumph and Survivor (their other stuff is ok).
Basically anything 80’s and new stuff with lots of that autotune enhancements because they can’t carry a tune.

I like a variety, but always a big fan of some rock-blues like Stevie Ray or old ZZ Top.

The wife does find some gems like Joe Bonamassa that I can tolerate 8^)

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#6 posted 10-13-2021 05:07 PM

Agreed Dave 8^)

Though I can say the roaring dust cyclone can play a better tune than 80% of the wife’s play list. It gives me reasons to escape to the shop and play my own “tunes”.

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#7 posted 10-13-2021 07:24 PM

Looks great, nicely done work. Probably makes the music better also.

-- Ron

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#8 posted 10-13-2021 09:25 PM

Better sound and better looking. You can’t beat that. Caught Bonamassa on TV the other day and I was impressed. I am lucky in that my wife likes the blues. She tested me on music before agreeing to a date. 36 years ago and we still listen to the same stuff.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#9 posted 10-13-2021 09:26 PM

Good project…just what you need without calling Amazon…

Was looking at your clocks, far out! got me thinking I need to make a couple more of those…always good small piece projects…

Cool man…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 10-13-2021 10:10 PM

Thanks Pax!

My wife’s music tastes do overlap some. The car trips are always interesting. Driver has control!
She plays wuss rock CDs she mixes (of course), but I tend to the harder rock stations on the radio. I’ll burn a CD someday, but I insist on un-compressed audio so perhaps a SSD would be better. She can’t tell high res digital from MP3 so her CDs are compressed to the hilt.

Jack, appreciate the feedback, always 8^)

I buy the clock motors from KlockKit since they have frequent sales, but lately I’ve experienced a few motor failures. I try to make each clock so the “mechanics” can be swapped out if needed. They are popular items to sell and the only problem is trying to figure something new and unique.
Fortunately the simpler framed dial versions are easy to build and best thing for sales are they use little wood which allows them to be priced right in that “gift for as friend” range.

The more complex clocks allow for the better figured woods to be used, but certainly take more work.

The self setting motors are a nice feature if placed in a space with good WWV reception for getting the NIST time standard.

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#11 posted 10-13-2021 10:12 PM

Nice work on the box, Bruce! That should do the trick and make it easier on your ears!!!!!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 10-13-2021 10:26 PM

Always great to hear form you Jim!.

For some reason the only music that sounds good to me heavily distorted is old Mexican music. For some reason it makes a great outdoor chore background “noise” when playing in the background from the neighbors on a crusty old AM radio.

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#13 posted 10-13-2021 10:34 PM

That’s sooooooo coooool!
I love it and it has this vintage stage look to it, so I think it’s a perfect match for wife’s music choice.
My God you made me laugh: ’she claims it’s “too complicated” to use (power-on, input select)’.
Now YOU need noise cancelling headphones…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 10-13-2021 10:41 PM

Thank you Mads! 8^)

Unfortunately, wuss rock bypassed any attempt to filter and penetrates the soul.

Same scenario as in “The Far Side” cartoon where St. Peter is handing all the new angels a harp and Satan is passing out accordions in hell….

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#15 posted 10-13-2021 10:50 PM

LOL big time.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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