Classy hard drive speaker set

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Hard drive speakers aren’t anything new, but they have yet to be done very professionally. Most hard drive speaker hacks are awesome, but aren’t meant to be a showpiece. [Oliver] took the opportunity to put together a set of 20GB drives and a custom-built acrylic case with a horizontal VU meter up front. The project is well-photographed and documented and can be recreated without the use of laser cutters or other expensive tools. The only thing it’s missing is an iPod dock!

Related: Giant bulb VU meter

Comments

  1. cyanide says:

    flirst, awesome

  2. jesus in techicolour says:

    Does the perspex case make the sound less hideous?

  3. Sam says:
  4. dave says:

    This is awsome!! Im gona order some parts and build myself one of these just for the sheer geek factor… i mean hard disks look so cool without the covers on but its hard to find an excuse to have them lying around without purpose… maybe a ‘harddisk clock’ to go with it :)

  5. Wolf says:

    Cool look, but the sounds so bad I can’t imagine it would get any use. I guess the novelty gives it some value as a hack.

  6. therian says:

    why put so much work knowing about sound quality issues

  7. ASCII says:

    I can imagine sounds being played back off this and recorded for samples in electronic music. Or even ambient style music a la Lights Out Asia.

  8. I think this may actually be doable for me. I’ll give it a shot.

  9. towelhead says:

    its shit

  10. LukeS says:

    This has hack has been around for at least ten years. Google search harddrive speakers and you will find endless projects.

    The actuator arm is mounted to a voice coil so it works for high frequency audio. You can also hook up the 3 phase brushless spindle motor as a speaker but it won’t produce much sound.

  11. Oliver says:

    Hey guys,

    THanks for the comments! Can’t beleive this got put up!

    For anyone who says it’s shit, well, your entitled to your opinion, but keep it to yourself thanks :)

    Oli

  12. Michele says:

    i wanna buy it!

    cmon how much ?

    ; )))

  13. j9 says:

    Maybe as an upgrade, combine this with a plasma/flame speaker.

  14. Nick says:

    What’s the point? an extremely inefficient sound producer that’s near 100% distortion.

    I did it just out of curiosity when I ripped apart an old 40MB drive about 15 years ago. (The first dead drive I had which used a direct coil drive, instead of a stepper).

    I just did it for kicks to see what it sounded like, but obviously I knew it wasn’t going to be a useful speaker. I can’t imagine why anyone would spend any time or money dressing it up?

  15. know Orange says:

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  16. Pretty cool as far as hard drive speakers go.

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