I have these speakers I recovered from an old iPod dock.

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I want to hook these up to a big remote control truck I have but I have never worked with playing music. What is the easiest way to get music to play through them? I was looking at this breakout board but not sure if it's as easy as simply connecting the speakers to the board through their ground and vcc wires or what.

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    \$\begingroup\$ A speaker generally, to perform well, needs to be in an enclosure tailored to maximize its performance. So, my question is: How much "hifi" quality are you expecting and how loud do you want them to be? \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 19:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ The enclosure doesn't matter at all to my question. I'm not asking about the quality of sound. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 19:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MichaelRader like Andy said, the enclosure is essential to the quality of the sound. \$\endgroup\$
    – Phil Frost
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 19:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PhilFrost like I said, I'm not asking about the quality of sound. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 20:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh sorry, I missed the "not" :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Phil Frost
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 11:25

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You need a lot more than just that CODEC chip to generate audio. You need something to control it, and something to amplify the sound to drive the speakers.

That means some microcontroller based system (maybe an Arduino or something like that) and a power amplifier board. Oh, and of course enough battery power to run it all, and enough programming and electronics experience to get the whole lot working together.

Better off using a cheap MP3 player and a small power amplifier - maybe the one you threw away from the iPod dock?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Wish I still had it. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 20:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Tap up eBay then - you can get some quite small power amplifiers for next to nothing. \$\endgroup\$
    – Majenko
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 20:55

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