DIY hidden bookshelf speakers

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[Steve] was tired of looking at the speakers in his workshop and began searching around for something a little more aesthetically pleasing. Having recently received a set of hollowed out books used for hiding things as a gift, he thought that he might be able to solve his speaker issue in a similar fashion.

He grabbed a couple of books from a local thrift store and promptly removed the pages. They were replaced with cloth-covered plywood to make the device more sturdy while simulating the look of pages.

He mounted his speaker inside one of the books, and in a second installed a small 7W Class A amplifier. A third book houses a padded compartment to hold his iPod, completing the set.

[Steve] reports that the speakers are pretty much undetectable, and the sound quality is decent too. In fact, we’ve started looking for some old books to re-purpose in our workshop as well.

Comments

  1. Harvie.CZ says:

    Shakespeakre

  2. strider_mt2k says:

    Looks like all the screen information about songs and such will also be undetectable!

    Awesome way to keep shop dust off the player though, and an interesting project!

  3. Fallen says:

    Class A would probably be wasted on speakers like that…

    But kudos for it looking good, and doing what it was designed to do.

  4. Fallen says:

    Edit…
    The chip amp in that kit is most likely operating in class A/B not class A. I see no reason why Velleman would bias it into class A. The TDA2003 is class A/B by default. But anywho, the choice of amp makes more sense now. Why someone would go class A for something that low fidelity was beyond me.

    So yeah, good project overall :)

  5. durfdee says:

    personally, id much rather hear good quality audio vs not see the speakers making the sound.

  6. Sariel says:

    you could have also just used these,
    http://www.holosonics.com/products.html

    I saw the inventor talk about them on TED. I think HAD even has an article about it up somewhere.

  7. andar_b says:

    Some of us still listen to the radio, with static and everything. Sound quality isn’t the most important thing in the world. :p

  8. vonskippy says:

    Who worries about speaker aesthetics in a workroom?

  9. Max says:

    @andar_b: …but FM radio doesn’t _get_ static… wait, are you listening to AM…? No way. Jeremy Clarkson (of “Top Gear” fame) made it pretty clear that only the Queen listens to AM any more… ;)

  10. Hacksaw says:

    @Sariel… he could have used those but then would have most likely needed a 2nd mortgage to pay for them leaving him no money left to do things in the shop…and if he moved two steps to the left he would no longer have been able to hear his lovely FM radio !

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