Raspberry Pi Boombox

In this Project we’re using a Raspberry Pi Zero W to make an AirPlay-ready audio player. With shairport sync, you can stream audio from an iOS device to the Raspberry Pi. We think this is a great little airplay speaker project using Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, and electronics.

Portable Airplay Speaker

This project features 2x 3W stereo speakers that are hooked up to an Adafruit Speaker Bonnet. This handly little Pi accessory gives your Pi a stereo audio amplifier. The Adafruit PoowerBoost makes the Pi portable with a beefy 2200mAh lipo battery. Four soft touch buttons control volume, mute the audio or safely power down the Pi.

Nifty Design

The acrylic window in the back cover lets you see whats inside. Etched into the panel are traces from Lady Ada's Speaker Bonnet board design from Eagle. Adorned to the speakers are vinyl stickers of the Raspberry Pi and the OctoPrint octopus. The USB and miniHDMI ports are accessible via a recessed purple panel.

Prerequisite Guides

If your new to electronics and the Adafruit Speaker Bonnet for Raspberry Pi, I suggest you walk through the following guides to get the basics. The guides below will walk you through setting it up.

Parts & Components

You'll need just a couple a parts to build this project. We suggest picking up the Stereo Bonnet Pack for Raspberry Pi Zero W, which includes the Pi Zero W and speaker set.

Angled shot of an assembled Stereo Bonnet Pack for Raspberry Pi Zero W - Includes Pi Zero W.
Remember those cereal commercials that would always say, "part of a complete breakfast"? Well the Pi Zero's a lot like that bowl of cereal - while it's...
1 x Raspberry Pi Zero W
with WiFI included!
1 x PowerBoost 1000C
Rechargeable 5V Lipo USB Boost @ 1A - 1000C
1 x 3.7v 2200mAh Battery
Lithium Ion Cylindrical Battery
1 x Stereo Speaker Bonnet
Adafruit I2S 3W Stereo Speaker Bonnet for Raspberry Pi - Mini Kit
1 x Pimoroni Pico HAT Hacker
Full access to all 40 pins
2 x Male Headers
Break-away 0.1" 2x20-pin Strip Dual Male Header
1 x Slide Switch
Breadboard-friendly SPDT Slide Switch

Tools & Supplies

Hardware, cutters, solder, wires, that sorta thing.

1 x M2.5 Screw Tap
2 x M2.5 Machine Screw w/ Washers
M2.5 x .45 x 12MM
2 x M2.5 Machine Screws
M2.5 x .45 x 8MM
1 x 26AWG Wire
Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Wire - 26AWG in Various Colors
1 x 30AWG Wire
Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Wire - 30AWG in Various Colors
1 x Solder Wire
Solder Spool - 1/4 lb SAC305 RoHS lead-free / 0.031" rosin-core - 0.25 lb / 100 g
1 x Heat Shrink Tubing
Multi-Colored Heat Shrink Pack - 3/32" + 1/8" + 3/16" Diameters
1 x Mounting Putty Tack
Loctite Fun-Tak Mounting Putty 2-Ounce

Cool Tools!

These things really do help make building the project smoothly. You don't need them all of them, but I recommend them.

1 x Ultimaker 3
3D Printer
1 x Wire Strippers
Hakko Professsional Quality 20-30 AWG Wire Strippers - CSP-30-1
1 x Wire Cutters
Flush diagonal cutters - CHP170
1 x Soldering Iron
Adjustable 30W 110V soldering iron - XY-258 110V
1 x Panavise
Panavise Jr. - PV-201
1 x Helping Third Hands
Helping Third Hand Magnifier W/Magnifying Glass Tool - MZ101

This guide was first published on Nov 08, 2017. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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