Decided to to downsize quite a bit from my last build. Still staying away from the cooler radios for the time being and building a portable dual 4” bluetooth speaker box. Here are the details.
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Battery and Charger
12V to 5V Adapter for Bluetooth Receiver
USB Powered Bluetooth Receiver
Voltage Meter for Charge Indication
Wood box peices made from 0.5” thick, 6” wide common board (spruce/pine/fur), which can be obtained at HomeDepot for less than $1/ft.
The speaker location with grills and speakers
Most of the other components, exlcuding the amplifier
The handle, switch, and voltage display
Box with cutouts
Pre-wired amplifier, battery, and speakers. Bluetooth module powered from wall outlet, have some noise issues but will figure it out
Noise issues: since there is a need for 5V via USB to power the WiFi audio receiver a DCDC step-down converter is necessary. The converter and the amplifier are connected to the same battery power source and the amplifier is connected via an audio cable to the WiFi audio receiver. This can cause unwanted ground loop current through the audio cable = horrific noise from the speakers. Two possible solutions are 1) an isolated DCDC converter or 2) an audio ground loop isolater. Off the shelf isolated DCDC converters are rather costly so I elected to go the audio ground loop isolater route. Both methods use transformers to mitigate DC current in the audio cable. The audio ground loop isolator uses two 1:1 transformers with some filtering/DC blocking capacitors.
Decided to change from the bluetooth receiver to a AirPlay/DNLA WiFi audio receiver to improve audio quality and range. They range from $20-25 for cheap ones but they work very well!
The first few coats of paint are truck bed liner then the final coats will be standard teal latex house paint.
WiFi Audio Reciever AirPlay/DNLA
Audio Ground Loop Isolator
New 12V to 5V Adapter (easier to mount)
WiFi Audio Receiver, uses AirPlay or DNLA, much longer range than bluetooth
DCDC converter, WiFi audio receiver, and ground loop isolator installed
Testing of final wiring before screwing the box together
A peek into hole #1
A peek into hole #2
A peek into hole #2
Box finally screwed together
First coat of truck bed liner for rigidity
Of course I had to move it inside, it was chilly in the garage!
Finally finished off Baby Mr Meeseeks. Put a coat of teal latex paint and then sealed it with 5 coats of polyurethane. I’m fairly satisfied with the final product.
From left to right, USB port for charging devices, on/off switch, battery volt meter, and battery charging port