Electronics Project: 1937 radio hacked into an iPhone dock
This is an electronics project of mine. It’s a 1937 Philips radio modified into a docking station.
How I did it
I had this old Philips radio laying around that I couldn’t use because it only had an AM receiver. So, I thought it would be cool to make it into an iphone dock =D
Strip the old radio of its parts
Replace old speaker element
Then I cut out the front of an old speaker and replaced the original speaker element. The reason for this was that the original element didn’t have any bass at all.
If you don’t have an old speaker laying around, you can find some cheap speaker elements from Parts Express.
Add docking function
To dock the iPhone and get sound from it, I used a Fiio L11 from Parts Express.
To amplify the sound, I used a TEA2025 amplifer circuit. It gives 2.5 watts of power, which was sufficient for this project.
Parts Express also has cheap audio amplifier boards for your electronics project if you don’t want to build one yourself.
I made the display by drawing it on my computer, then printing it out on a sheet of paper placed behind a plastic window. I used LED’s on the back to indicate volume and source selection. The LED’s is controlled by an Arduino.
J1, J2, J3 and J4 are connected to outputs of the Arduino. The volume knob is a dual potentiometer (two potentiometers in one), so I have used one to control the volume and connected the other one to an input of the Arduino. The Arduino then controls the LEDs according to the potentiometer.
The finished project
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