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Old 04-09-2010, 12:49 PM
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Default DIY: Small External Speaker

As we all know the Zune should have had an internal speaker but it does not. I did the next best thing and made an external one! Never knew I would need legos when I got older. Here's some pics.

You will need
Tools:
  • Xacto Knife- for cutting the 3.5mm jack out of the headphones
  • Dremel + Grinding Tool + Cutting Tool
  • Soldering Pencil/Gun

Parts:
  • 2x3x2 Standard Lego
  • 1 Small Speaker-Got mine from an old centon player
  • A set of unwanted headphones-You just need the 3.5mm jack



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Old 04-09-2010, 12:52 PM
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very nice...now just make it shaped like the zune HD and i would buy one in a second
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:06 PM
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Good stuff!
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:54 PM
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any instructions??
looks great
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:03 PM
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Your Canon Powershot S5 has a macro mode. Learn to use it. Your photos will suck much less. It's impossible to see anything on those blurry snapshots.
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Old 04-09-2010, 05:20 PM
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Found the macro button.

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Old 04-09-2010, 09:32 PM
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I definitely want to try this at somepoint... also instructions would be nice
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Old 04-10-2010, 11:37 AM
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haha nice!

and for a back to it you could use a 2x3x2 flat lego piece!

http://203.214.160.42/pic/29s/7843235_1_md.jpg

Kinda like that one, only the shorter size.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:14 PM
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Great idea - love the concept of an external speaker; how 'bout the volume of that there speaker?
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:37 PM
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I don't feel like this would work well without an amp. If you don't amplify the signal, won't it only be as loud as earbuds? Simply changing the form factor shouldn't change the volume, unless your speaker has a built-in amplifier (which would also require an external power source, correct?). I have tried this with those speakers that come in Hallmark cards before and found that the sound was very quiet.

Size seems to also play a part, as my new headphones with 40mm drivers seem louder than any earbuds, but still not loud enough for anyone but me to hear when they're around my neck with some background noise.

I think if you wanted to build a nice external speaker with an amplifier, you would be able to check the pinouts on the Zune dock connector for some power and possibly even better quality audio lines and build one that way. I was going to do that once, but I suck at soldering...
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:47 PM
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yeah - 'twas my think as well. Low impedance drivers, mayhaps? That may *slightly* increase the sound volume, but I guess you'd have to get rid of the passive nature and just go for amplified -> eliminates smallness, kinda.

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This is pretty good stuff. I just wonder if it could be implemented into a case of some sort and look streamlined. Otherwise,
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