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Old 30th January 2018, 01:48 PM   #1
HaerdenC is offline HaerdenC  Belgium
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I had a pair of full range speakers hanging around, plus some spare time, an old laptop powersupply (small netbook) and started thinking of making some radio thing for my bathroom. No super hifi stuff just small fun project also to teach my son some basic electronics.

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Ikea flower pots and bathroom organizer in bamboo together with some very cheap doorknobs ... total spending 20 euro

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looks pretty sleek

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bought on Wish or alixpress not sure for 12 euro including free shipping

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Also bought the cheapest pillow ... using the content as damping material made some 5 mm plywood panels from leftovers I had hanging around

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soldering the power, the radio has a line + and a memory +

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damping

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cutting to exact size !!!

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This was delivered with the radio and works fine

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Radio
  • Stereo
  • MP3 on usb
  • MP3 on sd-card
  • FM Tuner
  • Line in
  • Remote control
  • Bluetooth audio
  • Bluetooth hands free phone
  • Equalizer
  • Balance + fader
  • Tone + loudness
  • 4x60 watt however I only use 2 ... you could add 2 extra speakers if you would like to
  • line out if you want to add some subwoofer
  • FM
  • AM
  • 18 presets memory

Power supply
12 volt
5 ampere
good for 60 watt

Speakers
JVC
Full range
15 watt rms
30 watt peak
35 - 16.000 hz
90 dba

Extra:
Universal flat cable fm car antenna
if you would like you could add for example an usb port for charging, vu meters, ledlight, etc

Total investment about 50 euro

Will make a second one for a shed of a friend who loved it

Sound quality is surprisingly good due to the use of bamboo and damping instead of plastic. It's a closed cabinet due to it's form and I tried a ported back plate but this sounds better to me.

Thinking it was nice to share over here
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Have you done anything to stop the moisture getting at it?
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Old 31st January 2018, 07:24 AM   #4
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Have you done anything to stop the moisture getting at it?
I have a ventilation system in the house so this is not an issue, currently the radio stands in my sleeping room.

However ... bamboo flowerpots are waterproof and the radio is normally installed in a car ... so it resists temperature changes etc very well
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I was thinking more about the speaker cones if they are not plastic types.
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Old 14th February 2018, 07:00 AM   #6
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Looks great especially the speakers. Good job!
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