As more people get hip to streaming their music from various Cloud-based music services, the market for connected (and wireless) speakers has seen a huge surge in the past few years.

While you could go out and get any number of connected speakers ranging from portable bluetooth options to more high-end kits made for serious audiophiles, consider this awesome radio hack that could teach you a thing or two about how vintage radios were designed in the process.

Created by Reddit user ‘mxmln23’, this ‘DIY Spotify Device / Vintage Raspberry Pi Internet-Radio‘ project is the perfect way to not only build a pretty dang-sweet radio, but also hone your Raspberry Pi chops as well. The project is a variation of the Pi MusicBox Raspberry Pi project springboard…so you’ll need to download the program over there and follow their instructions in the process.

A basic understanding of the Raspberry Pi platform would be beneficial before starting this project.

Building the Radio

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Two of the same radios were found on eBay for part sourcing

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Open up and clean house!

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Empty housing (would be a good idea to clean it at this stage)

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The Speaker – I had to measure the electrical resistance to estimate its impedance (multiply with 1,25)

g4oECRJI got a small amplifier that can be powered by USB (5V) and was even able to use the volume control of the old radio! Just soldered together provisionally …

CESe9u3Start the reassembly process

PlpVUiyAttaching the amplifier

UYL19s2A mount for the Raspberry Pi using two pieces of wood, two thread-inserts and two mainboard spacers

jVhd7qvDouble-check the mount alignment to the Raspberry Pi before glueing the mounts into housing

lxY7poVGlueing the mounts

MS7phTOView of updated and mounted components

CtqrKXXPower-supply in the back and connected power-buttons. The power-on/reset-switch just has to be connected to the Raspberry Pi’s P6-port, but for the power-off-switch you have to use a pull-up-resistor and write a small bash-script (inotify) to respond to that switch.

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TmahCfsStatus LED to show if the device is switched on or to indicate triggered buttons. It is controlled by a bash-script via the GPIO ports.

1lq5spKGPIO connections to LED and power-off switch

5UfhBwKFinal assembly is snapped back together. The volume-control is on the left, the power-off switch is the button on the far left and the power-on the one on the far right. The three buttons in the middle are non-operational.

Connecting the Device

LL7txCVMPDroid Android app – There are various apps on the Play Store, iTunes or the Windows Phone store that speak the MPD protocol. Some are party-enabled for friends to access the radio over Wi-Fi to add to the playlist.

Have any ideas for an upcoming DIY Weekend Smack project? Let us know in the comments!

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