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 Post subject: add bluetooth?
PostPosted: 15 Dec 2013, 21:26 
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I have a portable boombox with a tape player and a CD player. It plays very well and I really like the shape of the radio. There is no audio input of an source. I am not an electronic guy but would like to work with this radio for fun. Am I over my head if I would like to tackle this project to maybe tap into the CD player or the tape player or tapping into other sources to add a bluetooth?


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 Post subject: Re: add bluetooth?
PostPosted: 16 Dec 2013, 21:28 
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Welcome to the forum,

DIY is all about building your own creations, experimenting, and sometimes making mistakes.

Now , when you say "bluetooth", are you looking to stream media from a computer to your boombox?

Bluetooth is the carrier frequency which runs in the microwave length.

To add bluetooth, you will need an audio source, i/e an old bluetooth headset, or bluetooth speaker set. You will take the audio from that set and then tap into the "audio select" of the radio or tape,

Just take either one and put it on a DPDT (double pole double throw) microswitch. In one direction your radio will play, the other the bluetooth devise will play.

I have done this to add an ipod jack to my old Jeep Cherokee. works great.


On old boombox, it will be very cool. Wirelessly playing music from your iPhone.


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 Post subject: Re: add bluetooth?
PostPosted: 16 Dec 2013, 22:45 
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I would like to stream from my phone.

I have been searching and reading about basic circuitry. Can you direct me to a website on tapping into one of these audio sources? Some images would help me very much since working on electronic is a bit new to me. I will purchase a bluetooth speaker once I have the wiring mapped out.


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 Post subject: Re: add bluetooth?
PostPosted: 20 Dec 2013, 22:40 
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The best thing is to search for a schematic diagram of your boombox. With that, it will be easier to find a valid tapping point. Depending on the model, it may be difficult, as most modern radios are made to be disposable.


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