Almost all mobile devices today have a built-in speaker. However, not all devices are created equal. Some have superior audiophile-grade components such as Samsung’s flagship phones, with built-in speakers developed by audio company AKG.
On the other hand, some use poor quality parts that produce less excellent and softer sounds. If you have such a device or if you are simply looking for a way to amplify the sound coming from your phone, then you might want to use external speakers.
Those who do not want to spend money buying an electronic speaker can still enjoy louder audio. They can do this by using a makeshift speaker. Here’s what you need to know when making one.
How It Works
Before we proceed with the step-by-step guide on how to create an improvised speaker, you might be interested in knowing how this works. To understand the science of it, just go to your bathroom or any small, closed space and speak.
You will notice that your voice sounds louder and fuller when speaking inside the small, closed space. This is because the sound reverberates off the walls, thus creating an amplifying effect. The same mechanics apply in improvised speakers.
What You Will Need
Now that you understand the science of how makeshift speakers work, you might be itching to know how to create one. To start, make sure to gather all the necessary materials including the following.
- Any item that can help resonate sounds such as cups or bowls
- cardboard tubes, like toilet paper cores and Pringles containers
- A pair of scissors
- Others: PVC tubes and a jigsaw or any other tools that can cut through PVC
How To Create A Makeshift Speaker
Put Your Phone In A Cup Or Bowl
The easiest way to improvise is to simply place your device inside an empty cup or bowl. Most phones have speakers at the lower part, so make sure that you place this part near the bottom of the cup or bowl. The sound will reverberate on the inside of the item and become amplified.
Cut A whole In The Tube
Place the bottom of your phone on the side of the cardboard tube and mark its length and width. Then, cut out the part so that you can insert the lower speaker part of your device into the hole and you are done.
You can also use kitchen towel cores and Pringles tubes for this project. Use plastic cups to improve your speakers. Cut a hole on one side of two different plastic cups. Then, insert either end of the tube into the two plastic cups.
If you want to use PVC tubes, then you can certainly do so. Just make sure that you use the right tools to avoid cracking other parts of the PVC.
Some Things to Remember
Glass Cups And Bowls Work Better Than Plastics
The thing about sound is that it easily bounces off smooth surfaces. This is why tiled bathrooms have such loud reverberations. When using cups or bowls, you might want to opt for glassware instead of plastic ones for the best results.
Be Careful When Using Scissors And Tools
Safety should always be your primary concern. Even if you are adept at using a jigsaw and other tools, it is always smart to wear protective gear before doing anything. This prevents incidents that can cause physical harm.
Children who want to do this project would need supervision from adults, especially when using tools on PVC tubes. In fact, it is better if they let the adults handle the cutting part to avoid any risks.
You Can Use Other Materials
Did you know that you can purchase pre-made makeshift speakers? These are made from wood, metal, and even seashells. If you are up for a challenge, why not make it a goal to create a premium-looking improvised speaker?
The Bottom Line
You do not always have to buy electronics to improve your experience. If you want to make the most out of your phone’s speakers, why not try to make an improvised one using this guide? This can be a fun and fulfilling project while also saving you some money.